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The MG T-series was the sports car of the WWII generation, and GIs stationed in Britain held them in the same high regard as their WWI fathers did Mercer Raceabouts and Stutz Bearcats. “Sports car” meant cut-down doors, separate fenders, upright grille, and big headlights.
Then, in 1951 designer Syd Enever created a streamlined MG Special for George Phillips to drive in the Le Mans 24 Hours race. The aerodynamic advantage would lead directly to the Austin-Healey 100 and the Triumph TR2. British Motor Corporation boss Leonard Lord rejected the idea of a modern MG, but by 1955, falling sales forced him to concede.
The sleek new MGA had the same 65 bhp as the stouter TF it replaced, but it was almost 20 mph faster. In seven years, 100,000 would be built, and many became part of the American Dream.
That’s precisely what happened with the Blaze Red 1959 MGA on offer. As a child, the consignor can remember his father wheeling into their driveway in his new sports car he had driven almost 700 miles, from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon.
The MG was driven regularly for a number of years and was then stored in a relative’s barn before being rescued and disassembled for restoration. The project always seemed to take a backseat to the consignor’s own restoration business, and it was only an unfortunate medical diagnosis this last spring that galvanized him into action.
Experts at British Motor Care and Sam’s Auto Body in Portland stripped the roadster to bare metal, carefully repainted, rewired, reupholstered, mechanically rebuilt, and reassembled it, using NOS parts wherever possible. Hard-use items, like seat frames and the convertible top mechanism, were powder coated for durability, and a correct new top was installed. Some sensible upgrades were installed, including a rebuilt mid-1960s 1,800 cc MGB engine and full synchromesh four-speed transmission.
With less than 20 miles accrued since the restoration, this MGA is in stunning condition. As a car that belonged to the consignor’s father, this MGA has been treasured since it was first purchased. Its new owner will reap the benefits of both long-term, single-family ownership as well as an expert restoration.