1959 MG MGA

Twin Cam Roadster
Sale Price
$80,000 - $110,000
Est. Range
21 August 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. YD31275. White over red leather. 1588/108hp, 4-speed, Dunlop wheels, Dunlop tires, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, wood shift knob, heater, dual mirrors, tonneau cover, wind wings, tools.

Evaluation: Restored in 2016 in original colors. Good paint aside from a few blemishes around the headlights and taillights. Still looks fresh and tidy underneath. Very good interior with almost no wear to the leather. A handsome Twin Cam in good colors, carefully stored and seldom driven since it was redone.

Bottom Line: Value-wise, the once-maligned but now sought-after MGA Twin Cam exists on a different plane than the common, everyman pushrod ‘A. But this is still an outrageous amount of money. It would still be expensive even if the car was perfect, and it’s not. For reference, Mecum’s Twin Cam got bid to $80k. This one isn’t much cleaner, but two folks just had to have it for some reason. Only one MGA has sold for more money, and that was a Works Team Sebring car.

by Andrew Newton
7 September 2022
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