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2017   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2017

1956 MGA 1500 Roadster

SOLD $31,900

Estimate

$35,000 - $50,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

HDA43/15756

Car Highlights

One-Owner Car Until 2010
Frame-Off Bare-Metal Restoration by a Marque Specialist
Upgraded with Disc Brakes and 12-Volt Electrical System
Side Curtains, Tool Roll, and Copy of Original New York Registration Included
A Charming and Classic British Roadster

Technical Specs

1,489 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
68 BHP at 5,500 RPM
Twin SU Carburetors
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Disc, Rear Drum Hydraulic Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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This gorgeous early production MGA 1500 Roadster is believed to have been first sold to Mr. George M. Innes of Cortland, New York, whose name remained as the registered owner until a few years ago. At that time, the car was acquired by EM Motors, an MG specialist in Stanley, New York. EM carried out a comprehensive, bare-metal, body-off restoration that is documented by numerous photos taken during the process.

During restoration, the car was painted Iris Blue, a stunning color used from 1959 through 1965 on MGAs and MGBs. The wire wheels were refinished in the correct factory silver paint, a new top was fitted, and the interior was refurbished using Navy Blue leather and correct carpeting. The Roadster was also rebuilt mechanically, with a fresh engine, gearbox, rear axle, and suspension. Additionally, the front brakes were up-rated with a set of discs from a later MGA and the electrical system was converted to 12-volt. Upon the restoration’s completion, the MGA was sold to a new caretaker. The current owner acquired the Roadster last year and has used it sparingly, storing it in a climate-controlled collector car storage facility.

This charming MGA Roadster possesses many positive attributes: beautiful early features, a distinctive color combination, and desirable upgrades for driveability. Its early production date increases event-eligibility, while its friendly demeanor and exacting restoration should provide its new owner with the joys of driving a classic British roadster on the open road.