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Rare early color 1956 MGA roadster


British roadsters from the 1950s are some of the most beautiful and storied cars in the world of classic sports cars. These include Jaguar XK120, XK140 and XK150; the AC Ace and AC Bristol; and the elegant DB Mk3 from Aston Martin.

The only real issue with these wonderful cars is that all of them tend to be quite expensive. But there is at least one alternative that is just as beautiful yet quite affordable. That would be the MGA from the MG Car Company.

Flowing contours highlight MG’s first full-bodied roadster

The Pick of the Day is one of these bargain sports cars, a 1956 MGA roadster finished in the rare and wonderful period color of Tyrolite Green, for some reason a shade available only on the earliest model years of MGA.

The description in the ad is scant on details but does include that the car is gorgeous inside, outside, under the hood, in the trunk and under the car. The MGA received a frame-off restoration in 1990, according to the Rye, New Hampshire dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

The roadster has been well-cared-for ever since and remains in nicely preserved condition, the sellers adds.

The MG has won a number of car-show awards

The sports car comes with its original car cover, and importantly, its original side curtains for inclement weather. Not that you’d drive such a beauty in the rain.

The pictures in the ad show a number of awards won by the MG at various shows, and the car looks like it was restored just recently.

The MGA is thought by many to be one of the most-beautiful classic sports cars ever built, and I tend to agree. This one with factory chrome wire wheels and painted in Tyrolite Green looks even more stunning.

The engine compartment looks clean and fresh

Another nice part of MGA ownership is that these cars are quite east to look after, with the exception of doing bodywork, and the parts prices cost a fraction of the cost of those for Jaguars, ACs or Aston Martins. Parts for MGs are also readily available in the aftermarket.

Something else to consider is that since this MGA is a 1956 model, it is eligible for just about every tour event in the world, including the Mille Miglia of Italy.

Finding such eligible cars on a budget has become more and more difficult these days, and this car with an advertised price of only $29,000 is a veritable bargain.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


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