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MG MGA

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MG A



As the period advertisement said, the MGA was the first MG of a new era. The new Abindgon's product offered a new engine in a far more modern body in comparison with the aging T series midgets.


MGA TECHNICAL FACTS



Version Engine Power Transmission Length Weight Top Speed
MGA 1500
(1955-1958)
In line 4 Cyl.
1489 cc 

twin SU HS 4 carburettors - 68 / 72 hp 4 speed manual gearbox - drum brakes all round 396 cm 901 kg
157 KpH
MGA Twin Cam
(1958-1960)
In line 4 Cyl.
1588 cc 
twin SU HS 6 carburettors - 108 hp 4 speed manual gearbox - disc brakes all round 396 cm 991 kg 190 KpH
MGA 1600 (1959-1961)
In line 4 Cyl.
1588 cc 
twin SU HS 4 carburettors  -  79 hp
4 speed manual gearbox - front disc brakes 396 cm 914 kg 160 KpH
MGA Deluxe
(1965 -1967)
In line 4 Cyl.
1588
 or 1622 cc 
twin SU HS 4 carburettors - 79 hp 4 speed manual gearbox - disc brakes all round 396 cm 914 kg 160 KpH
MGA 1600 MkII
(1961 -1962)
In line 4 Cyl.
1622 cc 
twin SU HS 4 carburettors - 79 hp
4 speed manual gearbox - front disc brakes 396 cm N/A 160 KpH
 




HOW MUCH IS A MGA ?


The MGA was always rather highly evaluated. 1600 cc powered MGAs are probably the most estimated, 1500 MGAs beeing slightly under-powered according to some enthusiasts. The 1600 mark 2 MGA, with its recessed grille is sometimes less appreciated.

At the top of the price range, the MGA Twin Cam is much higher priced than other MGAs mostly for its exclusivity rather than its engine. The twin cam engine hold a bad reputation for unreliability, exactly the opposite of the long lasting Austin B series engine that take place inside the other versions. Therefore, if you cannot plan to own another MGA than the twin cam, expect high running costs. The twin cam engine needs an overhaul every 5000 Km.

A good alternative is to buy a MGA De Luxe : built with the remaining Twin cam chassis, the Deluxe benefits from disc brakes all round and nice centre locking steel wheels. But a MGA Deluxe is even more rare than a Twin cam, production figures (believed to be less than 400 made) are not accurate.

Some MG A were equipped with a MG B engine, which is the same Austin B series with a 1800 cc capacity. This way, the MGA gains in performance but loose its originality. Prior to buy such a "prepared" MGA, insure your classic insurance company is aware of this modification and still accept to cover your vehicle with its scheme.

WHERE CAN I FIND A MGA FOR SALE  ?

You will find MGAs for sale every month or every week in the specialized press. Many cars are offered for sale on classic cars classifieds sites on the Internet.

Do not rush to buy the first car you see (the ads may be re-submited on a regular basis when prices are too high). See and test drive several vehicles, this will allow you to ensure that you are made for this model.

To buy from classic car specialists may be good way to reduce purchase risks.
                        MGA Green

HOW TO FIND MGA SPARE PARTS ?

Spare parts availability is the undeniable advantage of British classic cars : almost everything is available at affordable price.

 
The large number of cars still on road today helps to maintain a dynamic market, where customers demand drive spare parts production and competition between spare parts retailers  keep rates at reasonnable levels.
MGA Moss Parts catalog

Dozens of spare parts retailers sell from their web-shops. Spare parts catalogs and price lists may be downloaded directly from the Internet. Original parts catalog is also available on CD-Rom from retailers.

There are many classic car parts retailers in North America and in Europe. In most cases the spare part you will look for will be immediatly available.

Major classic car parts companies are
Moss Europe, Moss Motors, Anglo Parts, Limora, Motor Dream, etc.

Heuten Jaguar parts CD Rom

HOW TO GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ?

Meet MGA owners. As many enthusiasts, they will be happy to share their experience with you, and give an objective opinion on their cars. Go to autojumbles, classic car events or contact the MG Car Club (the world's oldest car club) or the MG Owners Club.

Helpful books can be found on the car's history, you will find on this site selected and recommended publications.


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