Even though the MG is now owned by the Chinese and sells a lineup of dull SUVs, this brand will forever be synonymous with coupes and roadsters that were Mazda Miatas of its day. Small, agile, fast, and fun, MGs from that era still resonate well with enthusiasts worldwide. With high-revving engines, rear-wheel-drive, precise steering, and lively performance, the MG really started the whole affordable sports car scene even before WWII. However, when the MG A arrived in 1955, it was a state-of-the-art model, not just for its looks but also for its technology. It managed to sell quite well in America, giving the company a boost for many subsequent models. Combining gorgeous looks with motorsport success was a winning formula for MG A, which is what makes it so special and desirable. This particular example was produced in 1959, and it is the second-series model with a more powerful 1,600 ccm engine with 80 hp. It was a significant figure for the standards of the day, and with a close-ration 4-speed manual transmission, it is more than capable of delivering the same excitement today as it did all those years ago. The MG A 1600 was known to feature the front disc brakes, a very advanced technology for 1959. This particular example is one of just 31,000 produced between 1959 and 1962 when the MG A production ended.
Finished in red leather, the interior of this 1959 MG A Coupe 1600 is in ideal condition. With everything in working order and just enough patina to make it so charming, its seats are a great place to enjoy this car. Even though we cannot talk of modern features in a vehicle that is 65 years old, there are charming analog dials and a heater, which would be considered top spec back in the day. The seat belts have been upgraded to more modern, three-point belts for the sake of safety and usability.
With just 51,824 kilometers from new (believed to be original), this MG A has been the subject of careful and light restoration sometime in the past (Water pump, rear brakes and carburetion have been changed in 2022). Fortunately, every detail has been carefully restored, and the car is in very period-correct condition with no rust, is fully operational, and has no mechanical issues. The seller acquired the vehicle recently and performed regular maintenance in late 2023, with the brakes being overhauled just a few days ago in January 2024.
Exterior and Wheels
The classic black paint is in decent condition, no dings and no major scratches. All chrome (which is very important in classic cars like this) is in perfect shape, including grille, bumpers, and trim. The black exterior/red interior combination is striking and emphasizes the car’s lines. The original 15-inch wheels are wrapped in brand-new rubber, which makes this car entirely ready for the next owner and weekend drives this summer.
The dealer sells this vehicle with appropriate documentation (all invoices, the british motor industry heritage trust certified copy and the user manual) located in Spain. Since this car dates from 1959, there are no CarFax reports but no proof of accidents, accident repairs, ownership, or legal problems. There are records of regular maintenance and receipts.
Spanish MOT (ITV) passed and valid until August 2028.
Check the cold start video of this beautiful MG A Coupe :