1,489cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
80bhp at 5,600rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*A "time capsule" highly original example
*Believed 1,500 miles from new
*Long term ownership
*Offered with Heritage Trust Certificate
*A perfect candidate for Concours Preservation class
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Bonhams is very excited to offer this very special 1958 MGA 1500 Roadster. Currently showing what is believed to be only 1,500 original miles, this roadster is surely one of the lowest mileage examples around.
According to its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, the roadster was dispatched from the factory on June 24th, 1958 as a left hand drive model, destined for the North American market. The car was outfitted with a heater, adjustable steering column, whitewall tires, MPH speedometer, and sidescreens with sliding windows. The roadster was finished in Orient Red with Black trim and a Black top. It should be noted that the numbers matching vin plate on the firewall indicates the MGA to be Glacier Blue - the very original appearing paint is however Orient Red, matching the factory build records.
The roadster's first owner was believed to be from Missouri. There is a Valvoline oil change sticker in the driver's side door jam from Continental Service Inc., Delmar Blvd., of St Louis Missouri. Although very faint, it appears the oil change date occurred in 1962 with a recorded mileage of just 1,114. The Valvoline valve cover sticker is still intact and present. The car is then believed to have been sold to its second, and longtime owner in the late 1960s who imported the car to Canada. The earliest Ontario registration records show the MGA was first recorded in 1970. The roadster was awoken in 2008 to be serviced with new tires, brake hydraulics, fluids, coolant hoses and 6 volt batteries. A short drive returned the MGA to its resting place once more. The roadster would remain with its second owner more than 45 years until his passing.
After receiving the roadster in 2015, the consignor performed the necessary service work to put the MGA back into service while maintaining its time capsule like originality. The original convertible top had decayed beyond the point of usability so a new one was installed. Still in place and untouched are the original brake drum plugs and underside wiring/hose retaining clips.
Offered here is the chance to own what could quite possibly be the lowest mileage, most original MGA left. The roadster would be a welcomed and fantastic addition to any preservation class Concours.