1957 MGA 1500 Roadster

A successful outing for three EX182 pre-production prototypes at the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1955 provided perfect pre-launch publicity for MG’s new sports car. Conceived as a replacement for the traditional T-Series MGs and launched in 1955, the MGA combined a rigid chassis with the Austin-designed, 1489-cc engine that had first appeared in the ZA Magnette.
With over 100,000 produced, the MGA was perhaps the most popular sports car of its time. Its curving lines, with long front fenders and short rear fenders, echoed the Jaguar XK 120.
The overhead-valve B Series unit produced 68 bhp (later 72 bhp) at 5,500 rpm on twin SU carburetors. Running gear was based on that of the TF, with independent coil spring/wishbone front suspension and a leaf-sprung live rear axle. Clad in a stylish aerodynamic body and capable of topping 95 miles per hour, the MGA proved an instant hit, selling 13,000 units in its first full year of production.
Finished in red with re-trimmed black leather interior, this left-hand drive MGA 1500 sports new chromed wire wheels and is said to drive well. The car is believed to have been restored at some time and is described by its owner as in “good” condition throughout. It carries current Swiss road registration papers.