Custom Color: 1957 MG MGA Roadster – Sold?
November 12, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Morris Garages, simply known as “MG”, did not offer copper-colored exterior paint in the late 1950s. This 1957 MGA Roadster originally listed in October 2021 on Craigslist in Hinckley, Ohio (Cleveland) makes the case that perhaps they should have. The seller’s description indicates the custom color used is Plymouth Prowler orange, and as far as we’re concerned, the hue makes an already stunning car simply pop even when standing still. A “Roadster” by definition means no windows or top to protect you from the elements, so this MGA represents a pure sports car at its finest.
Currently offered at $29,000 or best offer, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their MGA priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $19,400 and its #2 “Excellent” estimate of $36,700. As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $26,500 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $39,200.
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.
The MGA’s predecessor, the TF, featured a high driver seating position with dated tractor-like ride and handling that was quickly falling out of favor with enthusiasts and as a result, sales began to decline. Consequently, this new design 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 B-series engine allowing a lower hood line. From a styling standpoint, it’s worth noting the MGA convertible such as the example featured here had no exterior door handles, while coupe versions did.
MGA’s relied on a body-on-frame design and used the inline four-cylinder “B series” engine from MG’s Magnette sedan driving the rear wheels through a four-speed gearbox. MGA’s features an independent front suspension utilizing coil springs and wishbones while a rigid axle with semi-elliptic springs supports the rear of the car. Steering was by rack and pinion. Buyers had their choice of either steel-disc road wheels of the car was available with either wire-spoked “knock-offs” such as the example here features.
MGAs remain ideal first collector cars. They’re affordable, simple to work on, rugged, and attractive. Parts are readily available and moderately priced. The September 2008 Hemmings Motor New’s Buyer’s Guide for the 1956-1962 MGA remains a great resource to help familiarize yourself with these cars and what to look for.
The creator of this wonderful 4K video featured on YouTube provides a great perspective of the sights and sounds of what it’s like to drive an MGA:
We love the custom color combination that appears to be a full-body respray although more pictures are needed to confirm this.
Here’s the seller’s description (apologies for the seller’s use of only capital letters):
“VERY NICE 1957 MGA ROADSTER 34,000 ORIGINAL MILES PAINTED IN PROWLER ORANGE.
CLEAN CAR RUNS GREAT CARB REBUILT CAR DOES NEED TIRES FLAT SPOTTED FROM SITTING.
NO CONVERTIBLE TOP OR SIDE WINDOWS.
ASKING $29,000 OR BEST OFFER.“
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