Coys Auction - Légende et Passion
Sunday 17th May 2009 12:00 - 19:00
Monday 18th May 2009 from 10:00
Monday 18th May 2009
Collectors' Items 11:00
Motor Cars at 13:30
Admission by catalogue only - admits two.
Registration Number: 186 XUD Chassis Number: GHNL 80705
For the debut of its new MG ‘A’ in 1955, MG wisely chose that year’s Le Mans 24 hour race; after a succession of open-wheeled models there were fears of an adverse reaction to such a streamlined car and it was felt that by showing the MG ‘A’ in competition first the aerodynamic shape would be accepted as a performance essential. There had been some delays, however, in getting the go ahead for production, MG owner BMC declining, having already agreed with Donald Healey to build the Austin Healey 100. It was the success of a highly streamlined MG ‘A’ prototype, which took several speed records up to 153mph that finally persuaded BMC to relent.
With 68bhp at 5,500rpm - soon rais