• Only 5,300 miles since restoration
  • Owned for 43 years
  • Subject to a comprehensive restoration in 2014 with invoices over £60,000
  • Displayed at Le Mans Classic in 2015
  • Oselli 1,950cc engine with a Ford type 9 five-speed gearbox

The Appeal

By the 1950s, the lightweight, top-down sports car had already become a distinctly British art. At the centre, of course, was MG - particularly with the introduction of the streamlined MG A. With its gorgeous bodywork and spirited performance, it was a dead cert for topping just about every sales chart in the business - and it quickly became a fixture of international export. 

This 1957 example has been owned by the same individual for 43 years and underwent a comprehensive restoration in 2014 by professional international restorers, with invoices totalling over £60,000, a new engine and gearbox. The car has been fastidiously maintained and always garaged, which no doubt plays a significant role in its marvellous condition.

Displayed at the prestigious Le Mans Classic in 2015, this MG A is not just a showpiece but also a very capable classic driver. The car comes with a host of spares, including a full race screen, new aero screens, and bumpers. If you fancy getting into a truly great classic British sports car, this is the perfect opportunity.

History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1957
  • Owned for 43 years
  • All paperwork for restoration and servicing available
  • Fastidiously maintained
  • Subject to a very expensive restoration by professional international restorers in 2014 (invoices over £60,000 available)
  • Photos available on the restorers' website
  • Odometer recalibrated at restoration
  • Always garaged, including abroad
  • Displayed at Le Mans Classic in 2015
  • Used by local MG franchise in the UK
  • MOT exempt
  • Many spares included:
    • Full race screen with chrome stanchions (as new)
    • New aero screens
    • Front and back bumpers (need re-chroming)
    • Various other parts too numerous to list

The Condition

  • Always stored dry and covered
  • Checked over weekly and before every drive
  • Presents well throughout: interior, exterior, and underneath
  • Subject to a very expensive paint respray at restoration; still looks in very good order despite use
  • Appears free from notable defects on the bodywork
  • Excellent shut lines
  • Comes with full weather equipment:
    • New Mohair hood
    • New correct hood frame
    • Refurbished side screens (all never used)
  • Bonnet has louvres along with the passenger side front wing
  • Bumpers included but never fitted since restoration
  • Front valance can be removed
  • Comes with a correct front valance in good condition (needs painting before fitting)
  • Top quality re-trimmed leather seats in stone with green piping
  • New door cards
  • New carpets throughout except for the original gearbox tunnel carpet
  • Dashboard trimmed in black Rexine by a previous owner, retained as a nod to the car's history

The Mechanics

  • Oselli 1,950 cc Fast Road Stage 2 engine
  • Ford type 9 five-speed manual gearbox
  • Carefully "Run-in" after restoration for the first 1,000 miles
  • Weber 40 carburettor
  • Stainless steel Maniflow exhaust system
  • Front disc brake conversion
  • Small oil cooler fitted
  • Retained mechanical engine-driven fan, augmented with an electric fan and a small additional carburettor fan for hot climates (never used)
  • The vendor notes that the car is fun, fast, and reliable with a great exhaust note
  • The car reportedly holds great oil pressure and suffers no cooling issues
  • We understand it starts, drives, shifts and breaks with no faults

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1957
  • Make MG
  • Model MGA
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 5,234 Miles
  • Engine size 1950
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Durham City
  • Location Durham
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
29 bids
  • Ar•••• £31,350 07/06/24
  • ja•••• £31,100 07/06/24
  • Ar•••• £31,000 07/06/24
  • ja•••• £30,750 07/06/24
  • Ar•••• £30,500 07/06/24
  • ja•••• £30,250 07/06/24
  • Ar•••• £30,000 07/06/24
  • Ar•••• £29,750 07/06/24
  • ja•••• £29,500 07/06/24
  • ja•••• £29,250 07/06/24
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