Recently we came across this beautiful MG A Roadster 1959 at The Gallery in Brummen, The Netherlands. This classic car dealer is one of the largest in the world. We took the car for a little spin!
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The MGA design dates back to 1951, when MG designer Syd Enever created a streamlined body for George Philips' TD Le Mans car. The problem with this car was the high seating position of the driver because of the limitations of using the TD chassis. A new chassis was designed with the side members further apart and the floor attached to the bottom rather than the top of the frame sections. A prototype was built and shown to the BMC chairman Leonard Lord. He turned down the idea of producing the new car as he had just signed a deal with Donald Healey to produce Austin-Healey cars two weeks before. Falling sales of the traditional MG models caused a change of heart, and the car, initially to be called the UA-series, was brought back. As it was so different from the older MG models it was called the MGA, the "first of a new line" to quote the contemporary advertising. There was also a new engine available, therefore the car did not have the originally intended XPAG unit but was fitted with the BMC corporate B-Series type allowing a lower bonnet line. The MGA convertible had no exterior door handles, however the coupe has door handles.[3]

It was a body-on-frame design and used the straight-4 "B series" engine from the MG Magnette saloon driving the rear wheels through a 4-speed gearbox. Suspension was independent with coil springs and wishbones at the front and a rigid axle with semi-elliptic springs at the rear. Steering was by rack and pinion. The car was available with either wire-spoked or steel-disc road wheels.

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    • photographerjonathan
      photographerjonathan

      Many years ago when I was only around 20 years old, I bought a used 59 MGA convertible, the car had worn-out paint and interior, I brought it to a mechanic and had the engine rebuilt, If I remember right it was around 1200 dollars for the rebuild. I don't remember what I paid for the car, he was a nice Spanish man who had this little garage, and two or three workers. I used to go there every few days with my girl friend and her sister to see him working on the car, I think one of the mechanics was jealous of me for some reason. he used to give me these looks, anyway the owner of the garage did a great job with the engine, I can remember driving down the freeway and the car just purred, but when I got home I noticed some oil on the ground, and then I noticed the screw came out at the bottom of the engine, I called the mechanic, and he picked the car up and went over it all over again and made sure it was ok. but I always felt like maybe the guy who would give me the funny looks, loosened the screw before I drove off with it. so after that I drove the car for a few months and it drove like a dream, but then the power started go away, and I was not sure what was going on, and then one day the engine got really bad and barely drove, when I started looking over the car I realized there was no oil filter, and once again I suspected that one guy, because the owner took allot of pride in his work and would never of left out an oil filter, but I also blame myself for not checking or noticing it sooner. anyway I tried to get in touch with the mechanic and the garage was gone. and I didn't have money at the time to rebuild it again. so I parked it, then I ended up moving and there was no parking on the street, so I had to pay a neighbor who I didn't know to store it on there property, but I had no money, and after a while I had to sell the car. when the guy bought it I had bran new Crome bumpers and a bran new wood dash board with all the new nobs still in boxes because I never got to the point of restoring it. the guy who bought it put it on a truck and when he was about to get in the truck to leave the guy saw that I had tears in my eyes. he said why the tears. and I said because I love this car. so he said why are you selling it. and I said I had no choice that I needed the money to survive, and then he drove away, and I watched my favorite car in the world drive down the street on top of a truck, and to this day I miss that car. it drove like a go cart, it was just a joy to drive, and also I was born in 1959. so I always felt this extra connection with the car. and what was amazing, is even tho the outside had totally worn out paint, I would stop at a red light, and a guy in a bran new Corvette would pull next to me and open his window and say to me, cool car.

      about 24 days ago
    • SUPERCARCLASSICS
      SUPERCARCLASSICS In reply to photographerjonathan

      What a sad story, Jonathan! Hope you'll find the time and budget to buy one again in the future soon!

      about 24 days ago
    • Larry Placher
      Larry Placher

      Had a 1953 blue MGA man what a chick magnet , it was cool ride too

      about 3 months ago
    • Michael Smith Smith
      Michael Smith Smith

      Once owned a 59 MGA 1500 with the steel road wheels. Most beautiful MG of all the MGAs..

      about 4 months ago
    • captain pugwash
      captain pugwash

      Sounds exactly the same as my father's Morris 1000 traveler when he had it.

      about 9 months ago
    • SUPERCARCLASSICS
      SUPERCARCLASSICS In reply to captain pugwash

      Awesome how sounds and smells can bring back memories huh? 😉

      about 9 months ago
    • Spurr Classic Cars
      Spurr Classic Cars

      Very nice!

      about 1 year ago
    • MT Mals
      MT Mals

      Owned one in 66 while at Marine Corp Base Eltoro. Clutch went out..had to sell it. Thanks for the memory.

      about 1 year ago
    • Andrew Palframan
      Andrew Palframan In reply to MT Mals

      You sold a car because the clutch went??? They do repair them you know!!!

      about 7 months ago
    • SUPERCARCLASSICS
      SUPERCARCLASSICS In reply to MT Mals

      You're welcome!

      about 1 year ago
    • Henry Siegertsz
      Henry Siegertsz

      gorgeous sound, colour form!

      about 2 years ago
    • Slat Rock Wrestling
      Slat Rock Wrestling

      Curves are brilliant

      about 3 years ago
    • Roger Enever
      Roger Enever

      Great shots. Shows off the car's best lines.

      about 3 years ago
    • Michael Meliambro
      Michael Meliambro In reply to Roger Enever

      Best lines???? From what I'm seeing here, there are none.......

      about 27 days ago
    • ViRgiLPROductions
      ViRgiLPROductions

      Original and unrestored?

      about 5 years ago
    • Dr Spaseebo
      Dr Spaseebo In reply to ViRgiLPROductions

      Apparently not. New bumper that doesn't fit the car well.

      about 11 months ago