MG A Coupe 1959

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Lot No: 64

At a Glance:

Year Make Model Mileage SOLD FOR
1959 MG A 97,430 (Not Warranted) £21,250.00 + buyers premium


This MGA coming to the market is quite unique, she is a UK car with matching numbers. The vendor’s records show that the car has probably lived all its life in Dorset. She was supplied to a BMC garage in Swanage in 1959, moved to Studland in ’65 and then to Poole in ’67. The vendor also has the complete DVLA records of the previous owners, which indicates that she only may have had 7 owners from new, which includes the vendor. The history files, see list below, is incredibly comprehensive and, hopefully, the new owner will continue this tradition, as it is important for the providence of the car. She has a completely body off chassis restoration, photographic records on file, and please see appendix, written by the previous owner. She has one other unique feature, that is a sunroof, similar to a targa top. A very clever craftsman created this removable panel in the roof which can be stored in the boot. The craftsmanship is second to none, it even follows the contours, mirroring the curves of the bonnet and boot lid. A beautiful job was made with the head lining and the lining on the removable panel is exactly the same. Incidentally, the restoration also included a complete re-trim in leather. She has loads of extras including a heater, adjustable steering column, wire wheels, twin spot lights and luggage rack and the original radio (not working) While in the hands of the vendor she has been serviced and oil-changed every year and wax oiled every 3 years. She was kept in a heated garage. There are a couple of improvements the vendor has made, one was fitting an oil cooler and because the BMC B series engine does not breathe very well an extractor sports manifold has been fitted, which we are told give 5 – 10% more power, bringing the BHP up from 80 to 85 – 88, it is quite noticeable that the performance has improved and lastly, she has been fitted, last year, with a 5-speed Mazda MX5 close ratio gearbox, supplied by an excellent company called Vitesse, this gives effortless cruising at the legal 70 mph. This lovely car is finished in Iris blue and pale blue leather trim. For security, she is fitted with a battery cut-off and she has just had a new set of tyres fitted. The reason why this car has come to market is for health reasons and lack of use. May be viewed by appointment.

List of Files:
1. Drivers Handbook, MGA Special Tuning Manual, Owners Workshop Manual, MGA lubrication chart.
2. MOT history file from ’98 mileage 89654 to 2015 mileage 96451, mileage now 97430, B.M.I.H. Trust Certificate, log book, original sales brochure, road test, production specification.
3. & 3a Invoice file from November ‘99 to June 2011, invoice file from August ’11 to present day including the paperwork for the 5-speed gearbox and speedometer calibration.
4. A file of letters
5. A file including the buff log book, old tax discs, petrol rationing book, DVLA registered owners’ records.


Appendix 1:

This note was in the history file written by Mr. Porter who restored the car.  He owned her from November ’91 until June 2011.


The car has undergone a complete restoration including body off and bare metal restoration of the chassis and body. The car was a perfectly usable car before restoration and on the road.  The initial plan was to replace just the sills but once started the plan escalated and a full body off restoration took place. For information, all the body panels on the car are original, especially the steel wings.  Often repro or fibreglass wings are fitted.  The exception are the sills which are manufactured. The engine has been stripped and rebuilt incorporating hardened valve seats suitable for unleaded petrol and a new set of rocker gear. Although it cannot be verified, it is believed that the mileage is genuine. The car is now set for a further 50 years +

Full Details:

Lot No. 64
Auction 26th April 2019 - 98% SOLD
Vehicle Make MG
Vehicle Model A
Year of Manufacture 1959
Mileage 97,430 (Not Warranted)
Registration NTK550
Date first Registered 01-10-1959
Chassis Number GHD74803
Engine Number 16GA/U/6762
Estimated Sale Price £16,000 - 17,000

Please note: Current engine and chassis numbers are supplied by HPI. Prospective buyers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a vehicle and the accuracy of any statement made, be they statements of fact or opinion. All vehicles are sold as seen. If you cannot attend the auction please contact the office for a walk around description over the phone.

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