The World Traveler – 1959 MG A Twin-Cam Roadster

  • 1 of 2,111 Twin-Cam examples produced
  • Well-traveled MG A Twin-Cam with interesting history
  • Attractive specification and livery
  • Ground-up restoration with recent work from marque specialist
  • Offered at $75,000 USD

When it comes to car ownership, we’re suckers for a good story. Whether it’s been owned by a significant individual, competed in a prestigious race or in the case of this MG A Twin-Cam, lived a full life at all ends of the earth.

This 1959 MG A Twin-Cam Roadster comes from a Southern Californian reader and MG restorer. Described as an architect by trade, James Alcorn of AutoVintagery has become a resident expert on all MG models from ranging from Pre-War PAs all the way to Twin-Cam MG As, which have accounted for more than 50 of his restorations. Since 1978 Alcorn has been breathing new life into old and decrepit MGs.

The example on offer, chassis# YDH5/1940, emerged from MG’s Abingdon, England facility on the 1st day of May, 1958. Originally destined for South Africa the car would eventually travel to Holland, and during 2004-2005 this MG A would undergo a ground-up restoration. Starting life as a right hand drive model, it’s believed that it was converted to the LHD configuration that it’s seen with today during the restoration in the Netherlands.

Fast forward to today and it now resides with James Alcorn himself in California after imported into the United States in 2014. During it’s time stateside, Alcorn has brought the car up to an even higher level with some of what he explains below:

During the summer of 2015, I refreshed the Twin-Cam engine. During this process I rebuilt the Weber DCOE 40mm carburetors and uprated the engine performance with the addition of 1,750cc Venolia Le Mans spec. forged pistons and performed some extra cylinder head work.

This Twin-Cam shows its original Black on Red, Deluxe leather interior color combination. Alcorn describes that the interior was further renewed with the addition of new side panels, dash face covering, carpeted upholstery, tonneau cover, side curtain bag and finished off with a new convertible top.

Requiring very little aesthetically, only minor touch-ups were explained to have been carried out with the exterior of the MG A. An older restoration, the car is said to show to a high level.

1959 MG A Twin-Cam Roadster
Chassis: YDH5/1940
Showing 19,840 miles

The MG A now has a more butch stance thanks to its wider 15×5.5″ wheels shod with recently fitted 165/15 Michelin XZX tires. Should the buyer be more concerned with originality, the narrower, original 4″ wide Dunlop units could be swapped back on the car.

This 1959 MG A Twin-Cam Roadster is sold with the following items:

  • Original tool kit
  • Emergency jack and crank
  • Original workshop manual
  • Documentation and receipts
  • BMIHT Certificate
  • Clean and clear California title

We love MG As and particularly the all-business look of a dark-colored example fitted with Dunlop steel wheels. The build and livery of this example speaks to us. We love that its Twin-Cam unit has been breathed on to make it more competent in modern traffic and a more enjoyable machine for rallies or events, of which it enjoys considerably eligibility because of its age.

This 1959 MG A Twin-Cam Roadster is offered privately at $75,000 USD and is available for immediate inspection. For questions or to schedule an appointment to visit the Twin-Cam at its current Southern California home, please Click Here.

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