1959 MG MGA SPEEDSTER SEBRING RALLY $20K INVESTED BARN FIND LIKE AUSTIN HEALEY
Price: US $15,000.00 Item location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: MG
- Model: MGA
- Type: U/K
- Trim: Base
- Year: 1959
- Engine size: 1.5L 1489CC 91Cu. In. l4 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Drive type: RWD
- Options: Leather Seats
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1959 MG MGAThis is a 1959 MG MGA that I bought from out of an Equestrian's workshop in April to either complete the electrical and use as a driver (instead ofanother MGA I have) or to resell. I now took an executive position in healthcare and don't have time to look at it, o pursuing a sale. Frame off restoration about 90% complete (had to finally sell due to cancer). Frame was blasted and painted, ow has some surfacecorrosion visible but solid. The completepower-trainwas professionally rebuilt by Quality Coaches inMinneapolis(some of it being done by the owner of QC before the shop existed). Neweverything -polished cam, rank, istons, ods, ings, earings, il pump, lutch,drumbrakes, ransmission seals (the hard to get at ones that most people skip). All new peripherals- water pump, enerator, egulator, istributor, lectrical/wiring harness (front lights and some electrical needs wiring yet, ash and tail lights/signals have been wired for test driving). Original SU carbs have been rebuilt. I have a folder with about $11,000 in receipts that came with the car. New (within last 6 years?) red leather seats with a horseshoestitching (hence, ockey owner)on one of the seats (see pic). Tires are also like new. I was told that they need to be balanced butdidn'tnotice any shake when I drove it.
The owner wouldoccasionallytake it out on a 10 miles drive in the country despite not being finished, icensed, r insured and he estimates about 100 miles on it since rebuild. I was able to get it started and running good (this is the quickest starting MGA I've seen). It would initially flood but I cleaned the carb floats/valves and was able to take it down the highway but it would die eventually due to not charging. A common problem is dirty brushes in the generator causing this, hich is likely since it is all new but has been sitting a long time. Carburetorgaskets/seals/grommets need to be replaced from sitting/lack of use, hey leak and drip gasoline when running - a fire hazard. This is a $20 kit and easy to complete. The choke needs to be adjusted, t would run better when left slightly engaged. Leaks oil, resume due to sitting/lack of use. I'mnot sure where it is coming from but presume a seal/gasket needs to be replaced. This is almost a right of passage for a MG. As mentioned above, ts has countless scratches, ome minor dents, nd some paint work needed. I had planned to use touch up paint where absolutely needed and leave the rest as is to give the vintage racer patina/character. I also put on a speedscreen andI removed the front and rear bumpers. One of the pics has masking tape which was going to be a template for a white nose like a sebring along with some other vintage livery but I did not finish. I left the carpet and interior trim out in keeping with race theme. There is a hole in the bulkhead that was cut out (going from cabin to trunk) - not sure why.
I lot of time and money (30 years and $20,000 in parts, abor, odywork, espectively) have been put into it. Time has taken some of it away. I personally would finish the electrical and use as a driver and enjoy it but its a long way down the restoration track if one would want to complete. I'm likely forgetting or not aware of some things, oth good and bad. It is what it is; a beautifulpieceof automotive history andBritishracing heritage. It's a treat just to look at.
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