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2013   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2014

1957 MGA 1500 Roadster

SOLD $41,800

Estimate

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

Chassis

HDR43/28612

Car Highlights

Quintessential British Sports Car
400 Miles on Comprehensive Restoration
Classic Original Color Combination
Accompanied by a BMHT Certificate and Correct Tool Kit

Technical Specs

1,489 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
72 BHP at 5,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Wishbones and Coil Springs
Solid-Axle Rear Suspension
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This Car

This 1957 roadster presents today in its original color combination of Old English White with red leather interior. According to title records, the car was registered in Arizona in 1974 and was later purchased by Bob Teske of Scottsdale in 2007. At that time, a comprehensive restoration was commenced under his supervision utilizing the services of local experts. Over the subsequent two years, immense care was taken to bring the car to show condition while maintaining original specifications. The body and chassis were chemically stripped down to bare metal and then the chassis was powder coated. As the car retained many of its original components, these were refinished rather than replaced.

The transmission was rebuilt using all-new seals, synchros, bearings, and shafts. The drive train was fitted with new bearings and seals along with a new clutch assembly. The suspension was overhauled and the engine chemically stripped, cleaned, and re-bored for new pistons, rings, and bearings. After the valves, camshaft rockers, and lifters were replaced, the engine was professionally balanced. The interior was finished in red leather with red piping, the windshield and original brass grille were re-chromed, and the wire wheels were painted the correct gray. With just 400 miles on the restoration, the consignor, who acquired the car in 2013, assures that it runs and drives like new.

This 1957 MGA 1500 Roadster is accompanied by a British Motor Heritage Certificate and a tool kit correct to the car. For a collector wishing to enjoy the road in an exemplary British sports car and partake in rallies and events, this lovely MGA is undoubtedly a perfect choice.

The MGA

In 1951 Syd Enever, the MG designer at British Motor Corporation, created the blueprint for a TD race car to be driven by George Philips at Le Mans. There were some initial issues with the car that warranted a new chassis design and other adjustments culminating in the new MGA. The stylish new model was launched in 1955 at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the advertising slogan “first of a new line.” That same year, the car was tested by the British magazine The Motor who found a top speed of 97.8 mph and acceleration from 0 to 60 in just 16 seconds. At the diminutive sticker price of £844 ($1,360), the MGA rocketed into the hearts of car enthusiasts both sides of the pond.

Recognized today as a pivotal model in automotive history, the MGA remained in production from 1956 through 1962, with 13,869 built in 1957 specifically for the US market.