1959 MG MGA 1600 Coupe – out of 45-year ownership
Wonderful first production-year MGA 1600 Mark I Coupe in great mechanical and cosmetic condition with just with the right amount patina. The car is powered by the original 1.6-liter inline-four and 4-speed manual transmission. This is a continental European left-hand drive car with 27427 indicated kilometers on the odometer. The car retains many unique original features, including original steel wheels and exterior door handles only offered on the coupe.
The car is coming out of long-term Danish ownership (45 years!) and has a Danish title, registration, and papers. The previous owner added about 10500 kilometers during the last 13 years of ownership. The car will not have to pass Danish Technical Inspection (Syn/MOT/TUV) until June 2023. A full inspection and service are completed in-house, and the car can be enjoyed as-is for many years to come. One of the best MGA we have seen in a long time.
Odometer: 27427 kilometers
Engine: 1.6-liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
History of the 1956-1962 MG MGA:
Introduced for the 1956 model year, the MGA roadster replaced the aging T-Series cars. Powered by a 68 horsepower 1,489cc overhead valve engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission it featured, independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and a solid rear axle with leaf springs. Braking was by hydraulic drums at all corners.
Sales in the first full year (1956) were 13,394 and rose to 16,467 for 1957, horsepower was up to 72 horsepower, and a coupe was added. In 1959, the MGA 1600 was introduced with a larger 79.5 horsepower engine and front disc brakes. The final iteration of the MGA was the 1600 Mk II, with a 90 horsepower 1,622cc engine and minor styling changes. The higher-performance MGA Twin Cam was produced from 1958 into 1960 with a 108 horsepower twin-cam engine and four-wheel disc brakes. The rarest of all MGAs is the “Deluxe,” which pairs the Twin Cam chassis and a 1600 or Mk II engine.
MGAs are ideal first collector cars. They’re affordable, simple to work on, rugged, and attractive. Parts are readily available and moderately priced.