1956 MGA roadster BODY OFF restoration!
Sale price: $26,868.00 make an offer
Technical specifications, photos and description:
The very best classic cars are those that have been preserved and passed on generation to generation. This car was sold new to George Gilchrist at Christmas time in 1956 when he was a young man.
(George at his mother's store in 1962).
The car stayed in his family. passed down to his daughter. until 2000 when it was purchased by its second owner.
As you can see. the car was tired at that point. still 100% original but having seen better days.
When the second owner got it. he knew he wanted to restore the car. He set out not to make it brand new. but to freshen it as much as possible without losing the car's originality and history.
He proceeded with a complete frame off. bare-metal restoration (pictured below). The inner body on the car was exceptionally well preserved and rust free (also pictured).
Beyond the bodywork. the car was mechanically completely redone. The motor. brakes. hydraulics. fuel system. electrical system etc. were all rebuilt.
The second owner. knowing the car had a tremendous recorded history. kept impeccable records of the restoration.
Every receipt from nuts and bolts to the motor rebuild is in a file with the car.
In addition to all the receipts the entire restoration was photo documented.
Although the original motor was rebuilt. the original transmission was deemed to be in stellar shape.
Currently if you rush the downshift into 2nd gear it will chirp--a slow shift or double clutch fixes the problem.
We have included the photos of the restoration in the listing.
Aiming to preserve the originality of the car. the second owner did not replace the original leather seats which are fantastic; they are a testament to just how well preserved the car was over the years.
When we got the car. we were blown away by how straight and original it was.
We loved the fact it had been restored. and the work was all done to a very high level.
However. the paint wasn't great. the wheels were a strange brown color instead of the correct grey. and the drivers seat had a big rip in the right bolster.
We brought the car to one of the premier body shops for custom and collector quality paint and had the car completely resprayed.
Rather than replacing the seats. we had the driver's seat bolster patched by a master upholsterer. one of the best in New England.
Between the original owner keeping the car so nice over the years. the second owner carefully restoring it to as-new condition. and us tying up the loose ends.
this car is ready for another great 60 years of loving ownership. It is often said that owners of classic cars are merely caretakers for the cars themselves.
Never has that been more true than with this wonderfully preserved MGA which is presented today in impeccable condition.
435 West Avenue
Pawtucket. RI 02860
With any questions.
We pride ourselves on the accuracy and detail of our descriptions. and we have many satisfied customers from around the world who have bought cars from us without ever seeing them. However. for those of you not comfortable purchasing a vehicle 'sight-unseen'. we are happy to set up an appointment for you to see and drive this car yourself. as well as speak with our manager about it. If you are unable to meet in person. we are more than happy to walk around the car and answer any specific questions or provide additional descriptions over the phone. You can reach us at (401)724-5650.
Additionally. we sell many of our cars overseas. to international buyers. We have extensive experience shipping cars abroad and will be happy to work with you to get your car to the port of your choice. We want all of our customers to be happy with the vehicles that they purchase - please let us know if there is anything we can do to make the process easier for you.
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