Steel Floors: 1961 MGA Mark II Roadster – Sold!

Nov 2019 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

We’ve always loved the Morris Garages’ (better known simply as “MG”) MGA as it bridged the gap between the antiquated design of the TF and the modern-at-the-time MGB when it launched in 1962.  The 1961 Mark II MGA we found on Craigslist in North Tonawanda, New York currently has an asking price of $19,750. Relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide shows the current caretaker has his MGA priced less than halfway between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $30,400 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $16,400.

MG produced the MGA from 1955 through 1962 before being replaced by the venerable MGB. For 1961 MG launched a late-cycle refresh called the Mark II.  The engine size was increased again to 1622 cc and the cylinder head was also revised with larger valves and re-engineered combustion chambers. Horsepower increased to 90 bhp. It also had a higher ratio 4:1 rear axle, which made for more relaxed high-speed driving. An inset grille and Morris Mini tail lamps appearing horizontally below the deck lid were the most obvious visual changes.

We like this MGA as its a driver-quality example in a great color combination you can honestly enjoy as the eleven-year-old frame off restoration likely makes this car feel and perform better than new while lowering road noise.  We also like the replacement of the original wood floor boards with welded steel.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1961 MGA Roadster that has gone through a frame off restoration 11 years ago. This is the second MGA that I have restored and like my other MG it is in very good condition. It is an excellent example of a daily driver that is in great shape for a 1961 MGA and it will definitely get heads to turn. If you would like more pictures E-mail me and I will arrange to get them for you. The one MODIFICATION that was done to this car was the wood floor boards have been replaced with 16 gauge air craft steel panels that were welded in and sealed to keep road noise down. When the engine is at idle the oil pressure reads 60 psi when cold and lowers to 40 after the engine is at 190 degrees and this is from a new oil/water temp. gauge from Moss motors that was purchased for this car. The transmission has been cleaned and the fluid changed no extreme wear was noticed when cleaning. Please look at pictures and ask questions. Many extra parts including original radiator and to many to list.
Thanks for looking have a Blessed day.

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