Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1959
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    YD3/1001
  • Engine number 
    16GB/U/1175
  • Lot number 
    592
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Black
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16th and 30th July. Please contact Lionel on 07831 574381 / [email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment. One of only 2,111 MGA Twin Cams produced1588cc with a light-alloy head producing108bhp at 6,700rpmDespatched in lateDecember 1958 to Northern America in left-hand driveReturned home in 2014. Superbly restoredand converted to right-hand driveVery smart in gleaming BMC Black with a classic red leather interiorGood history file witha full photographic account of the restorationCoaxing more power from the standard MGA engine was becoming increasingly difficult, so MG concentrated on developing a twin-overhead-camshaft cylinder head for the B-Series block. Conceived at Cowley by BMC engineer Gerald Palmer and introduced in 1958, the new 1,588cc engine did not disappoint. It featured a special light alloy cross-flow cylinder head with hemispherical combustion chambers and carried twin overhead camshafts with valve operation via Coventry Climax-style inverted bucket tappets, producing an impressive 108bhp at 6,700rpm. Considerably faster than the standard MGA, the Twin Cam could comfortably exceed 110mph, and to cope with the increased performance Dunlop disc brakes were fitted all round and Dunlop centre-lock wheels were a distinctive addition. The only other visual identifier was the script 'Twin Cam' near the vent aside the bonnet. A high price and an unjustified reputation for unreliability discouraged sales and the model was dropped after just two years. Production totalled 2,111 cars, a mere 360 of which were sold on the home market, and today the Twin-Cam is one of the most sought-after of post-war MG sports cars. Offered here is undoubtedlyone the finest restored MGA Twin Cams available anywhere today. Finished in what can only be described as the most stunning combination of Black coachwork (BMC code BKI) with a red leatherinterior. It was despatched on 30/12/1958 to Northern America in left-hand drive finished in black with a green interior with thefactory options of disc wheels and heater. It returned to the UK in 2014 when a full restoration was started by the new owner and converted to right-hand drive. The history file contains a full photographic account of the restoration accompanied byall the invoices and details of the specialisedengine parts. The result is a spectacularTwin-Cam Roadster that fires up instantlywith a pleasing raspy engine note and performs impeccably.We cannot eulogise enough about the quality of this stunning MGA Twin Cam that would be admiredat any event in the world.These rare cars are now recognised as real classics that drive very well and deservedly have a niche in the MG history book. This lovely example is now ready to begin the next chapter of its life.You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16thand 30thJuly. Please contact Lionelon 07831574381/[email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.Lot 424 - 1959 Competition MGA Twin Cam (1600 De Luxe spec)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_u_KQsKdhQfalse