Package Post 2: 1957 MG MGA – Sold?

Jul 2021 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

August 20, 2021 Update – while this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

July 12, 2021 Update – After a brief lapse following their original ad expiring, the private seller of both this MGA and TR8 just posted a new listing for both cars. For this MGA, the seller is still asking $24,000.

The seller of the Triumph TR8 we’re also featuring this Saturday also happens to be selling what we believe to be MG’s best-looking car ever: the “ponton” styled MGA.  Why? When MG designer Syd Enever created a streamlined body for George Philips’ TD LeMans car in 1951, little did he know his creation would become the genesis for the new MGA launched for the 1956 model year. The new bodywork traded the MG TF’s articulated fenders and running boards for ponton styling, with a single styled envelope fully enclosing the width and uninterrupted length of a car.

This 1957 British Racing Green over Black Leather example originally listed in May 2021 on Craigslist in Wantage, New Jersey sports our preferred exterior color and has an asking price of $24,000. A check of the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool indicates the private seller has their MGA priced one thousand dollars less than this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $25,000.  As a second data point, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $19,200 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $36,000.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1957 MGA. Done in a pristine British racing green, black interior with a black fabric top. Car is always garaged but still driven frequently on those nice sunny days. Excellent condition, no rust, show-worthy and has gone to the stoves British invasion numerous times. I have catered to this car for the last 14-15 years. In 2009 it was given a frame on full-body restoration. 2015 is when it was given the black fabric top. 2017 The MGA received new heads in order to run on regular pump gas. 2019 the wiring was replaced with period correct new wires. This year had the radiator reconditioned. It is appraised and insured at $25k asking $24k for the car. I hate to part with it but I am making room for a new toy. “

Show or go: what would you do with this MGA?  Comment below and let us know!

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