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25 Footer: 1959 MGA


This 1959 MGA listed on eBay is a great example of a “25 foot car”. The opening bid is $10,000 and with only two days left, there are no bids. This is an incomplete frame off restoration. The drivetrain was rebuilt by Quaity Coaches in Minneapolis. The former owner was said to have to sell due to cancer. It runs and drives, but among other things it needs the electrical work completed and the carburetors need new gaskets. The current owner is perhaps overwhelmed by the work it needs. The bondo showing through the damage on the trunk makes me wonder what is under the rest of the paint work. The owner stripped the car down some and installed a speed screen to make it look like a racer. What would it take to make this a driver? What do you think it’s worth the way it sits?


  1. MH

    I know the guys at quality coaches. They are the best in the business by far! Also this car may be priced a little high but only about 1 or 2 thousand.

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  2. Dolphin Member

    If all the work and new parts that are claimed to be done can be documented then it should be worth close to the asking like MH said. But with a new generator, regulator and wiring harness it’s a concern that the car won’t charge. Also, the engine being rebuilt but the carbs not is not reassuring. That and all the changes that have been made to the interior and the low windshield tell me there’s some problem chasing to be done in addition to putting the car back to stock and adding a top—unless you want to go with the fake racer theme that the seller started, which I wouldn’t. But maybe that would be the easy way to get a running driving A.

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    • rh

      I sold the car. The carbs were rebuilt, but it was 20 years ago. The gaskets need replacing in time regardless of use. Lucas electrics are very finicky and would not be expected to work properly after long term storage without at least cleaning the brushes. I provided $11,000 in receipts and photos of the restoration process to the new owner.

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