High Compression Coupe – 1959 MGA Twin Cam

racingThe MGA, with its streamlined shape and newer B-Series motor, helped bring MG into the modern age. With the old-fashioned TF’s, MG’s sports car path looked to be going in a similar direction as Morgan, but the MGA really did put them in a position closer to Triumph and Austin-Healey. Even so, MG felt that there would be demand for more power and fitted a DOHC high-compression aluminum cylinder head to a 1,588 cc version of the B-Series, thus creating the MGA Twin Cam. Four-wheel disc brakes were also fitted behind handsome Dunlop wheels, and with roughly 30 horsepower extra over the original MGA, the Twin Cam looked to be quite the car. And it was. Sometimes. Problems like knocking and burning oil gave the Twin Cam bad press and the constant attention needed on early cars combined with a hefty price tag meant that sales were disappointing to say the least. Only a little over 2,000 were made before MG pulled the plug and for the most part gave up on anything exotic from then on out.

Today, many of the problems with the MGA Twin Cam have supposedly been sorted out on restored examples. They are much more desirable now than they ever were when they were new and this car, located in Stockton, California, has been restored and prepped for where any MG really belongs, the track. It’s been built with occasional street use in mind as well as racing, but it’s still clearly gotten the treatment, including a bored motor with lightened rods and a billet crankshaft, a “heavy duty” five-speed gearbox, and adjustable lever shocks. If you ever need to do serious road time with it the original front valance, bumpers, heater, oil pan and transmission come with the sale.

This car seems to be priced way up there. Twin Cam or not, an MGA usually isn’t worth sixty grand. This is a thoroughly breathed on vintage racer, though, and one that has apparently raced at the Monterey Historics and Coronado Speed Weeks, and that tends to draw interest. The listing is open to offers, but it will be interesting to watch and see if the seller gets his sixty.

Check out the 1959 MGA Twin Cam Coupe here on eBay, where the “Buy It Now” price is set at $60,000 and open to offers.


  1. I remember texting with the owner, great car..only wish I had purchased it. I wonder if it is still for sale? Michael

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