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1957 MGA 1500 Roadster SOLD by Auction

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  • £30,000 Auction Estimate
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Price £30,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Classic Cars
Make MGA
Model 1500
Year 1957
Country UK
Region Northamptonshire
Telephone 01926 566878
Status Trade
Date 06-Jul-2019
Ref C1130109
To be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at The Silverstone Classic Sale 2019 to be held at The Wing Building, Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom, NN12 8TN from July 26, 2019 to July 28, 2019. Guide price: £30000 - £35000. Imported from California in the late nineties by MGA guru, Bob WestCompletely restored over six years. Professionally converted to right-hand driveEngine lightened, balanced and converted for lead-free fuelOnly two owners and 6,000 miles since the restoration. MGGC 'Concours' winnerPaintwork, bodywork, engine bay and weather equipment remain in wonderful conditionMassive history folder full of receipts, photographs and useful sparesConceived as a replacement for the traditional T-Series MGs, the MGA combined a rigid chassis with the Austin-designed, 1,489cc B-Series engine that had first appeared in the ZA Magnette. Initially, this engine produced 68bhp at 5,500rpm, although this was later raised to 72bhp at the same revs to further improve performance. Running gear was based on that of the TF, with independent front suspension and a live rear axle, but as far as its road manners were concerned, the far superior MGA was in an entirely different league. Clad in a stylish aerodynamic body and capable of topping 95mph, the MGA proved an instant hit, selling 13,000 units in its first full year of production.In common with the majority of MGAs in 1957, the car offered here was off to sunny California from new and was to remain there until the early nineties when it was purchased by MGA guru Bob West and returned to sunny Yorkshire. He sold it to a close local friend who over the following six years, with some help and assistance from Bob, restored it to a very high standard.The car was completely dismantled and every part was either refurbished or replaced using many O.E (Original Equipment) parts. The engine was professionally restored and was lightened, balanced, and converted to run on lead-free fuel. The gearbox is a standard four-speed but the differential was upgraded to a 3.9/1 ratio for more comfortable high-speed cruising.  Naturally, the carburettors, brakes, suspension and all the electrics were completely gone through and whilst everything was out, it was converted properly to right-hand drive using OE BMC parts. It's finished in Orient Red with a Black leather interior piped in Red and the paintwork and the interior including the Hood, Side-Screens, and Tonneau cover remain in excellent order, clearly illustrating the quality of the twenty-years-old restoration.So all in all a great little MGA that has only covered just over six thousand miles since the restoration. It's been enjoyed by two owners in the last twenty years who, patently, have both cherished it.  To quote Bob West “ The car drives beautifully and will not disappoint, its an ex MG Car Club Concours winner, the detailing is properly done with all the correct fasteners, and it's been maintained regardless of cost.”It comes with a massive history folder full of receipts, and photographs of the restoration, and some useful spares, that include the OE parts to convert it back to left-hand drive if the new owner so wishes.Good looking, easy to maintain, and quintessentially British, MGAs offer real driving pleasure on the open road and make great entries into local rallies and club events. This older restoration is gently patinated and nicely settled and with its slightly more powerful engine and raised axle ratio would make a classic cruiser, par excellence.
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