1960 MGA 1600 Roadster
A very usable car; just 1,000 miles on rebuilt engine and gearbox; driven to us; good hood and weather equipment
This most usable of MGAs comes to us with loads of history, with bills and invoices dating back to the start of the '70s. The V5C shows five previous owners, the vendor acquiring the car in 2012.
One of the principal invoices dates from 1997, when Gerry Revens of MG Restorations undertook a comprehensive renovation. Parts used included both door pillar assemblies, a left hand front wing, valence, boot lid, repair sections and a good used rear n/s wing.
The car was painted Charriot red and numerous small parts changed - photos on file showing the extend of the work done and the completed job which looked very smart.
Since purchase in 2012, the vendor has further improved the car, aiming to make it fun and reliable for Continental Touring. A new screen and restoration to the windscreen frame took place that year and the car was used and enjoyed until it was deemed time to give the mechanics an overhaul. A recon radiator was also fitted in 2012 and new front calipers added within the last four years, although there are no invoices for these last two items.
The engine and box were removed in 2016, and a reconditioned unit supplied by Moto-Build Ltd acquired and fitted. This included a new clutch kit, lightened flywheel and a fully balanced bottom-end.
In addition, a reconditioned exchange gearbox was also fitted, supplied by Hardy Engineering Transmissions who had fitted new bearings, gears and synchros.
The end result was a success, the owner enjoying reliable overseas travel in style, the only blot on its copybook being the paintwork, which exhibits microblistering..
The car is however robust, with a well restored body, decent interior and recently reconditioned engine and gearbox (which have only covered around 1,000 miles). It comes with weather equipment and was driven some 40 miles to the sale.
The guide price reflects the condition of the paintwork, which is presentable but could be further improved. If you are looking for a car with very sound bodywork and recently reconditioned mechanics - this is the car for you.
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