Lot 3119.1

Fort Lauderdale 2018

1959 MG MGA Twin-Cam


$65,000 - $80,000 USD | Not Sold

United States Flag | Fort Lauderdale, Florida



Chassis No.
  • Extensive recent restoration
  • Presented in attractive Dove Gray over red leather
  • Rare Twin-Cam example provides ample power
  • Features many period accessories, including red hardtop
  • Documented in MGA Register

It took MG a while to enter the post-war era, but the “A” in the MGA’s name was a fitting reset for the Abingdon, England-based sports car builder. The MGA marked a departure for the brand, looking and feeling nothing like the decidedly vintage-in-its-own-time MG TF Midget it replaced.

The MGA was still an imperial pint-size car that came in under a ton unladen, but even its 68-horsepower launch engine left it feeling a little winded. In 1958, MG added a dual-overhead camshaft version of its B-series engine, which boosted that figure to a far more satisfactory 108 horsepower. Dunlop four-wheel disc brakes reined in the power and the knock-off Dunlop steel wheels gave the MGA Twin-Cam a fresh, up-to-date look. Just over 2,000 MGA Twin-Cam roadsters were built between in 1958 and 1960, making them rare early high-performance British roadsters.

The 1959 Twin-Cam offered here comes from the middle year of production and is painted a distinctive and elegant Dove Gray with an upgraded MGA deluxe red leather interior including a padded center armrest. A red hardtop and a black canvas soft-top provide it with contrasting seasonal choices. A passionate former owner completed an exhaustive full restoration down to every nut and bolt, and today it presents very much as good looking as it did when new. It is said to start up and run well, with a quiet valvetrain and a distinctive twin-cam pitter patter from its stainless-steel exhaust. New bushings and fuel lines make it ready for many years of motoring to come.

It has a handful of period-correct accessories, such as an AM radio, Lucas fog lamp, bumper guards, a heater, and a period wood steering wheel to help set it apart at a vintage MG gathering, where its next owner can proudly show off its MGA Register status.