1960 ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA BLACK PLATE-BEAUTIFUL OLDER RESTORATION-DRIVES AS NEW!
Sale price: $29,500.00 make an offer
Last update: 19.06.2014
Sale type: Fixed price listing
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|Color:||Old English White|
|Engine:||4 cylinder 1600|
|Interior Color:||Red Leather with Black Carpets|
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1960 ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA BLACK PLATE-BEAUTIFUL OLDER RESTORATION-DRIVES AS NEW! for sale
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West Coast Classics are proud to present a great daily driving and beautiful older restored example of this original southern California 'Black License Plates' 1960 MGA 1600 4 cylinder Coupe in 'Old English White' with a red leather interior with black carpeting and wire wheels!
This is obviously one very rare and highly desirable classic British sports car - a rust free example of the legendary chrome bumper and grille 1960 MGA 1600 coupe - a far rarer car than the widely produced and available roadster with reportedly only some 1. 52 coupes built worldwide in 1960 compared to 15. 78 roadsters and with only 826 of these coupes being LHD North American export models in 1960 and only 14 coupes in 1961 according - making any MGA coupe. especially a LHD California model. is a very collectible and desirable investment for any British sports car enthusiast! Setting the coupe apart from the open top version was also numerous civilized touches. While roadster owners had to assemble their own tops and install side curtains. the coupe boasted easy roll up framed glass windows and external door releases and most indulgently of all. a key lock to protect your valuables! The coupes leather interiors offered an obviously much more upscale appearance with additional carpeting and a color keyed Vynide cowl covering. These early 1600cc's were retroactively referred to as Mark I's with the later Mark II's with a 1. 22 cc engine arriving in 1961. It will come as no surprise that the more complex coupes were more expensive to purchase new than the MGA roadsters and their production numbers were a mere fraction of the roadster as a result. According to some other reports; 4. 68 US spec 1500 coupes versus 43. 63 roadsters and some 1. 51 US spec 1600 Mark I coupes versus 23. 68 roadsters). Either way the Coupes enjoys a very collectible status due to their relatively very low production figures and more luxurious appointments!
The car was restored a few years ago and the 'Old English White' color paint is in very good and striking shape and the interior has absolutely beautiful 'Red' leather seats and matching door panels and dashboard and black carpets. a lovely original banjo style steering wheel. a manual stick shift transmission and original 'Jaeger' gauges and the car boast four original optional wire wheels and a fifth spare wire wheel in the trunk. The engine purrs quietly under the hood and the 4 speed manual transmission shifts smoothly through the gears - an absolute pleasure to drive! The temperature always remains cool and there are no noticeable oil leaks. The trunk. floor boards. rocker panels and all the typically rust prone areas are all completely solid and rust free - an obviously always garaged example!
The MGA is probably the most important car in the post-war MG story and was a quantum leap from its predecessor and proved more than a match for its contemporary Triumph and Austin Healey rivals. It arrived just in time to save MG and revive the brand for another 25 years! With sales falling in the U. S. of the 'T' series cars. the MGA was a lifesaver. once announced it was hard for the British Motor Corporations's MG division to keep up with demand. especially from North America. The new MG made its first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955 and it was a refreshingly modern looking car for its day. with its most notable feature being its remarkably striking aerodynamic body. Performance was impressive too with a top speed of 99mph being recorded by a very impressed 'Autocar'. the World's oldest car magazine. a publication in print since 1895 and still published today! Staggeringly. by 1957. twice as many MGA's left the company's small Abingdon factory that year than the total TC build during its four year production span. Built between the years 1955-62 a total of over 101K cars were sold with the vast majority being exported making it the highest export percentage of any British car. an amazing achievement and testament to the brand.
The MGA also earned an enviable reputation in competition and was raced extensively in the United States since its introduction in 1955 with considerable success continuing to even very recent years. an accomplishment unequaled by its contemporaries! It was also used in NASCAR from 1960-63. It was joined by a handsome. but fairly cramped and to some. claustrophobic. coupe in 1956 and in 1958 by the exciting twin overhead camshaft 1588cc engine designed by Harry Weslake. With 108bhp its top speed was increased to 110mph. It was a highly desirable property and still is today! The final Mk II 1600cc of 1961 had a slightly bored 1622cc engine. Production ended in 1962 with the new generation of MG's. the MGB arriving in its wake. certainly an even more modern car than its predecessor. but perhaps not as pretty!
MGA buyers could choose to have the car painted black with red or green trim; red with red or black trim; white with red or black trim or blue with gray or black trim. Hoods could be in light blue or black. Bolt on perforated steel wheels were standard with center lock wire wheels being an option. The uncluttered design means no door handles with the doors being opened by pulling a cable reached from inside the cars door. The dashboard has no glove compartment and the center grille is for a radio and speaker. Passengers have a map light but little else. Although the MGA's steel panels were hand pressed. the bodies were finished by hand and therefore no two were quite the same and over the years the gaps and finishes are typically off somewhat!
Without a doubt this is one rare piece of British motoring history and a perfect daily driver and older restored example for the MG enthusiast or simply any classic British sports car lover of the very rare original southern California black license plate 1960 1600 MGA Coupe!
For further information contact West Coast Classics through EBay or on 310-399-3990 during regular California business hours.
WEST COAST CLASSICS. LLC Please note: TERMS OF SALE: YOU BID TO OWN: This vehicle is being sold by West Coast Classics. LLC; we are licensed and bonded vehicle dealers in the state of California. Please note that all vehicles sold to be registered in the state of California will be charged California sales tax on the final EBay sales price and any required DMV licensing. smog. documentation and registration fees. If leaving the state or country. the vehicle must be picked up by a professional licensed auto transportation company that can provide a bill of lading. otherwise California sales tax will be charged. (All licensed auto transport companies provide these). Any out of the state and international buyers will upon completion of the sale be sent by FEDEX the title and bill of sale for the vehicle and will be personally responsible for any sales tax and licensing and registration fees in their home state or province. All bids are legal and binding contracts to purchase the vehicle and by bidding you are hereby entering into a legal and binding contract to purchase the vehicle and agreeing to accept and abide by these terms of sale: Mechanical inspections welcomed; if you wish to inspect the vehicle you must do so before bidding; upon request seller will be happy to deliver the vehicle to a local Santa Monica mechanic of your choice for your prepaid inspection before the reserve price is met. Once the reserve price is met this vehicle is to be considered sold in ‘as is. where is' condition to the highest bidder with no guaranties or warranties implied or given. Please have all funds available before bidding as a $1. 00 non-refundable deposit is required from the winning bidder within 48 hours (2 business days) of auction end; an immediate $500 non-refundable deposit is required through Ebay's Paypal service to end the auction early if the "Buy it now" option is exercised and the balance in full is due within ten days of auction end in any case. In the case these terms of sale are not met seller reserves the right to either re-list the vehicle or offer the vehicle to the next highest bidder. Seller reserves the right to end the auction at any time before the reserve price is met. Payment by bank wire transfer. cash in person or cashiers check only. All inspections must be done prior to bidding. The non-refundable deposit in the amount of $1. 00 is due within 48 hours of the auction end via bank wire transfer or cashier's check via overnight mail. The full payment must be completed within 10 days regardless of a pick up date. In the event the deposit is not posted within the required period of time. the vehicle will be offered for sale to the next subsequent high bidder or relisted for sale. This is to be considered an absolute sale and the buyer is required to comply with all of my conditions in these terms of sale. By placing a bid and winning the auction you hereby agree to abide completely with these terms of sale and the terms of sale are to be considered a legal and binding purchase agreement. Once again. please note that there are no inspections to be made after the auction ends - please be sure to complete any inspection before bidding. The Seller reserves the right to cancel any bid at any time and to end the auction early for any reason. The seller makes every effort to describe in detail any known flaws in the vehicle and includes many detailed and recent photos of the vehicle. The mileage on the vehicle is correct at the time of listing but obviously subject to minor changes necessary to complete delivery of the vehicle to the buyer and test drives etc. Please note that all used vehicles. especially classic and older vehicles. are by definition unique and complex and their condition. for better or worse. must always be considered a subjective opinion to each individual. Therefore the seller shall not be responsible for the absolute correct description. authenticity. genuineness. or defects herein. and makes no guaranties or warranty in connection therewith. Vehicles are sold with one master key unless otherwise stated. Vehicles are sold with handbooks and manuals only if stated in the advertisement. No allowance will be made on account of any incorrectness. imperfection. defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle. and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value of the vehicle before bidding and to bid based upon that judgment solely. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs whatsoever regardless of any oral or written statements about the vehicle. Good luck and thanks for your interest!
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