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1962 MG MGA Mark II Roadster

Posted Mar 19, 2024 | Hits
Make: MG
Model: MGA
Country: USA
Region: AR
City: Sherwood
Zip: 72120
Body Style: Roadster
Year: 1962
Transmission: Manual
Fuel: Gasoline
Doors: 2
Color: Red
Engine: 1600
Condition: Used
I've had this MGA for over 3 years, and for most of that it was in storage awaiting a restoration it never received. I think it is time to sell it rather than put it back in a corner. Chariot Red 1962 Mark II 1600 "A," one of the last produced in the final year of MGA production. If you are unfamiliar, these Mk.II 1600 cars have a host of meaningful changes over earlier MGAs which greatly enhance their driving manners and performance.

Cosmetics: This is the weak part of this car. It was repainted sometime in the early 1980s and, quite frankly, it is a quick and dirty job. I'd call it shabby chic, and if you didn't wash it for a while it could pass for one of those popular "barn find" cars that are all the rage now. The body, while pretty nice and solid in the important places, has some dents and a few spots of rust- the worst of which are around the driver's side of the rear panel. I think it was bumped there and the bondo has cracked. It isn't a rusty car but the rockers were replaced, I'd guess around the same time it was painted. The frame is super solid and as you can see so is the trunk and all of the inner structure. I took out the spare tire bag, side curtains, spare, and all that stuff so you could see those areas. I can't see anywhere the car has had more than a parking lot type bump, the nose is nice and all the panel gaps are good. The original seats were recovered with the skin of a few bowling-shoe white Naugas at some point as well, and the black convertible top is not original and has the flexibility of peanut brittle. The steering wheel is cracked and in general the car, cosmetically, is not perfect by any stretch. That said, I think it has a great look and people love it because it isn't perfect.

Mechanical fitness: Original 1622 Mk.II engine and cylinder head. This is where the car shines. I've spent a lot of time making everything work, and the car perform properly. It runs, drives, shifts, and stops very well. I've had the engine out and replaced the clutch, water pump, rebuilt the carbs, boiled out the fuel tank, put all ethanol-safe fuel system components, had the radiator cleaned and tested, put a spin-on oil filter conversion, and a bunch of other stuff I'm likely forgetting. The entire exhaust from the engine back is a brand new Moss system. All 4 tires are new Vredestein Sprints in the proper size. All of the brake hydraulics have been rebuilt. The front lever shocks were rebuilt. I don't want to say it doesn't leak any oil, but, it is a lot more like a Honda than an MG in that regard- it is actually housebroken. The battery is new, all of the lights work, and you can hop in, turn the key, pull the start button and go.

Weather equipment: Although not pictured it does have its original, and kinda scruffy, side curtains to go with that peanut brittle top. I guarantee some of the rain won't hit you if you use this stuff.

Summary: A very solid, honest Mk.II MGA that runs and drives better than almost every restored one I've ever experienced. It just doesn't look like them. With a decent paint job, an interior kit, and a new top the car would stand tall but I actually like the way it looks now. It is a lot of fun to just hop in and drive and not worry about getting a stone chip or caught in the rain. Plus, the way it runs means nobody will see the imperfections when you effortlessly sail past them sitting by their broken down trailer queen on the side of the road.

It has its original front disc brakes. I have replaced all of the brake flex hoses as well as the rear wheel cylinders, rebuilt the master cylinder, and installed rebuilt original front calipers. I noted that all the brake hydraulics had been rebuilt above but it appears I should have been more specific.
-The clutch master has been rebuilt, the slave is new as is the flex hose.
-The transmission is original and the 3 synchros are quite good and the box is quiet. 1st gear, of course, in not synchronized.
-There are no oil leaks to note. It is quite dry.
-The frame is very solid and has no damage .
-The battery boxes are not rusted out.
-I do have an additional set of side curtains as well as a side curtain bag that I will include, along with a box of additional spare and service parts I've collected over the years.
Thanks for all of the interest, and for your patience. I will respond to all questions as quickly as I am able.

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