1959 MG MGA
Convertible Car for sale in MIDDLEBROOK, Virginia 24459
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Classic Car Overview
1959 MGA 1500 Roadster
Engine #: 18V673ZL3260 (1972 MGB 1800cc)
Miles: 46,707 on new engine
Interior: Grey Leather
Soft Top: Black Stayfast Canvas
Tonneau: Grey Vinyl
Removable Hard Top: Fiber Glass, Black Paint, Grey Headliner, Plexiglas Rear Window
Base Price When New: $2,546.00
Optional Equipment: Removable Hardtop; Fresh Air Heater/Demister; Cold Air Ventilation;
Telescopic Steering Column; Twin Horns; Dual Front Wing Mounted Mirrors; Tonneau Cover; Side Curtains; Wind Wings, Walnut Burled Wood Dashboard; Motolita Wood Rimmed Steering Wheel; Dayton Chrome Stainless Steel Wire Wheels (72 Spoke).
Reason for selling: I’m parting with my MG collection due to changing interests.
Major Historical Points:
· 1959 – Purchased, original owner unknown
· 9/23/1964 – 28,171.00 miles: Pure Service Sticker on Door Jam
· 9/24/1997 – Appraised by Bruce Elder of Antique and Classic Automobiles, Staunton, Virginia. It had just finished a complete restoration at Gassman Automotive, Waynesboro, Virginia. Odometer reset to 00.00 miles. Appraised at $24,000.00.
· 11/29/1997 – Purchased by Miles Willet, Staunton, Virginia from Gassman Automotive.
· 12/8/1998 – 3,000 miles since restoration. Purchased by Kenneth H. Brasfield, Middlebrook, Virginia from Miles Willet via Gassman Automotive for $19,500.00.
· 12/30/1998 – Wind wings installed.
· 3/4/1999 – Boot (trunk) black carpet installed with black spar cover.
· 10/13/2000 – 12,801 miles: Car hit deer and car repaired by Gassman Automotive, Waynesboro, Virginia.
· 12/5/2001 – New 6 volt batteries.
· 12/11/2001 – 18,858 miles: Ford Sierra 5-speed manual transmission conversion installed via complete kit from England. This required a new floor board set, clutch, and slave cylinder. Speedometer recalibrated. Work was done by Gassman Automotive, Waynesboro, Virginia.
· 1/15/2002 – Gassman Automotive installed right and left rear and front wire wheel hubs, front hub oil seals, inner and outer hub bearings, wheel brake cylinders, brake shoes, and rear axle flange gaskets. Dayton chrome/stainless 60 spoke wire wheels installed.
· March 2002 – 21,609 miles: Driving back from Sebring, Florida after attending the 50th anniversary of MGA competing at Sebring 12 hour Endurance races the wrist pin on of the pistons broke. Gassman Automotive of Waynesboro, Virginia did the following work. The 1500cc engine was replaced with a 1972 MGB 1800cc 5-main bearing engine that was magnafluxed, pressure tested, shot peened (to relieve stress) and decked by 0.010 inch. The cylinders were line honed to 0.030 inch and stainless liners inserted. Competition ARP 2000,000 PSI tensile strength rod, main, head bolts & studs were used. The cam journals were checked for straightness. An alloy head was CC’ed and the compression ratio increased from the stock 8:1 to 10.03:1. All combustion chambers were matched, edges smoothed, chamfered, polished and port matched to intake and exhaust. The spark plug holes were smoothed ands deburred. The valve seats were machined with a three-point grind. Stellite exhaust and stainless intake valves were set into hardened nickel-steel seats with silicon-bronze guides. The valve springs were up-rated to prevent valve float at high RPM. The stock rocker assemble was replaced with 1.5:1 alloy roller rocker assembly with solid spacers. A tuftrited rocker shaft was used because it has a harder wearing exterior coating. Upgraded pedestals and an alloy valve cover were installed. The 5 bearing MGB crank shaft was magnafluxed and checked for straightness; balanced and ground by 0.010 inch. New King High Performance main bearings and bushings were fitted. New forged rods were resized, balanced, checked for straightness, magnafluxed, and shot peened. New aluminum forged pistons with total seal rings were hand fitted and balanced. A custom ground cam shaft developed by Gassman Automotive that is driven by Kent infinitely adjustable dual row cam, crank gears and chains was used. An alloy competition flywheel with steel inserts was balanced and installed. A new MGB diaphragm type clutch with new hydraulics was installed. A new high output oil pump with upgraded relief valve and spring coupled to oil cooler was installed. A one-off cold air intake box with K&N air filter along with a pair of new 1.75 inch HS6 SU carburetors that were port matched to the new alloy intake manifold were installed. A 2 inch inside diameter competition equal length tubular header that was port matched and wrapped connected to a true dual stainless steel exhaust system with balance tube, two in two out Mercedes Benz free flow muffler with two free flow resonators ending with stainless steel tips was installed. The muffler’s heat shield and exhaust hangers are stainless steel too. For ignition the Mallory dual point distributor with MSD-6 AL ignition with rev-limiter and dash mounted timing control was used. For cooling, aluminum radiator and electric fan were used. The engine driven fan was not used. A Tilison gear reduction high torque started with custom machined engine mounts replaced the stock Lucas unit. A 15 ACR Lucas alternator was used. Two USA made electric tachometers were dissembled and the parts were used to create an electronic tachometer using the original housing, faceplate, and needle.
· 4/10/2003 – The Smooth Line hardtop was painted black and installed.
· 8/19/2004 – 35,319 miles: The stock Lucas fuel pump caught fire and replaced with a solid state unit.
· 8/27/2004 – 35,485 miles: Four new Kelly Metric Radial tires
· 3/1/2006 – 39,467 miles: The car was appraised by Bruce Elder of Antique and Classic Automobiles, Staunton, VA. The car appraised at $42,500.00.
· 9/3/2007 – 41,404 miles: Converted two 6 volt batteries to one 12 volt battery.
· 4/24/2008 – The car was driven to Abacus Racing, Virginia Beach Virginia and placed on their chassis dynamometer. It produced 67.4 HP and 97.5 ft-lbs of torque at the rear wheels. The estimate at the flywheel was 80 HP and 117 ft-lbs of torque. This compares to a stock 1972 MGB motor of 50.1 HP and 74.1 ft-lbs of torque at the rear wheels.
· 6/19/2008 – 43,204 miles: Rocker assembly was taken apart, machined and oversized bushings were installed.
· 5/20/2010 – 43,778 miles: Replaced Dayton chrome stainless 60 spoke wheels with Dayton chrome stainless 72 spoke wheels after braking spokes on race track at Virginia International raceway.
· 9/16/2013 – 45,194 miles: Replaced the brake master cylinder, wheel brake cylinders, and brake light switch.
· 7/7/2015 – 45,812 miles: Replaced the clutch slave cylinder and flexible hose.
· 9/28/2016 – 45,993 miles: Complete service.
· 12/10/2019 – 46,707 miles: Changed oil (5 quarts Amsoil 20w/50 High Zinc) and oil filter (Wix 51516); Chassis and drive shaft lubricated; topped up differential oil with Amsoil 90W; New spark plugs and gapped at 0.25 inch; changed and flushed cooling system with 50:50 mix; cleaned SU HS6 carbs and topped up dash pots; brought all tires up to 44psi; topped up brake/clutch master cylinder reservoir with silicon brake fluid; replaced MSD 6AL ignition but did not wire up rev limiter or timing control knob on dash.
· 1/10/2020 – 46,747 miles: Fixed windshield wiper motor; replaced heater blower/fan; replaced ventilation control panel.
“Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicle is "concours." $51,200.00
“Condition #2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicle that has been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is "excellent." $36,800.00
This 1959 MGA Roadster is certainly not a concours vehicle as it has proven over and over again its long distance drivability, durability, and reliability. This is no trailer queen fresh from restoration that will break down from lack of use. This MGA is a very strong condition #2 that has been maintained and loved; a real driver’s car with show car looks. Price: $35,500
Classic Car ID101390594
ConditionFinished, very good to excellent
Transmission5 Speed Manual
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