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The MGA Twin Cam was launched in 1958 and was one of the shortest production runs that the Abingdon plant had ever seen. With a production run of 2111 cars between early 1958 and early 1960, of which only 1801 were roadsters, this is a relatively rare car.
Gerald Palmer, a design engineer, originally designed the twin cam engine as a conversion of the B series engine. He set the two lines of valves at 90 degrees symmetrically opposed and it was intended that as many of the existing B series engine components as possible should be utilised. The first prototype twin cam engine appeared in an MGA that competed in the Dundrod Tourist Trophy Race in Northern Ireland in September 1955 with the final production version ready in the summer of 1958.
The engine produced 108 bhp @ 6700 rpm together with a maximum torque figure of 104 Ib ft @ 4500 rpm meant that the new MGA Twin Cam was to be no slouch!
This is an original UK registered car which I have owned for 5 years and maintained regardless of cost.
WNP 160 is in fantastic condition and was restored in 2006, including an engine rebuild by renowned Twin Cam specialist Bob West. The car is ‘on the button’ in every respect, including engine and correct Dunlop steel wheels and disc brakes. Milage shown is believed to be since restoration.
Extras include luggage rack, chrome GB plate, tonneau cover and hood, including side screens. There is a limited history file including restoration invoices and previous adverts, and a British Motor Industry Heritage trust certificate confirming build date as 28 Jan 1959 together with build specification. The car has been stored in my heated and dehumidified garage, it is a joy to own, always starts first time and will be a great investment.
This is my MGA MK1 1956 ROADSTER restoration project, it is in London and has come from the good old USA and is a restoration project ...it has fibreglass wings which I guess are for making it lighter,.....