40-Year Garage Find: 1960 MG MGA

The MGA was a British sports car built by MG from 1955-62. It replaced the MG TF 1500 Midget and – with a production of more than 100,000 units – nearly 95% of them were exported. This 1960 edition, with both hard and soft tops, has been garage-bound for many years and needs a complete restoration. We told it’s in better condition than its surroundings might indicate. Located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, this MG is available here on craigslist for $9,500. Hats off the CVPanther for the tip!

Though earlier models of the car had a 1488-cc engine, the powerplant was updated to a 1588-cc inline 4-cylinder in 1959. That provided a little extra horsepower at 80, and the cars also gained front disc brakes, not a common sight in those days. They were certainly fast enough with a recorded top speed of 96 mph, although it took 13 seconds to wind up from a full stop to 60. The cars often found themselves on the sports car racing circuit and they were eventually replaced by the MGB in 1962.

We surmise this 1960 MGA is being liquidated as part of an estate and it (along with a bunch of other stuff) sat untouched in an old garage for many years. Though it’s hard to tell from the photos, we’re told it has good bones although it was last driven 40 years ago. It’s currently wearing a soft top, but the original factory matching hardtop is included and appears to just be sitting on top of everything else. There is mostly surface rust and peeling paint to contend with in addition to a thorough cleaning up.

The seller admits the condition of the 1600-cc engine and manual transmission is unknown. No attempts have been made to start the MG during the excavation process they have begun with the contents of the garage. The closing portion of the listing is an interesting (somewhat fun) read as the seller apparently has not had good luck with people contacting him off craigslist. So, unless you’re serious about the car, you might want to steer clear or risk getting an earful!


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    As rough as this car appears to look, get the price down just a bit and it might be a solid candidate for a rebuild and lots of fun. The larger engines made a big difference in a car that was also one of the better handling of the breed.

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  2. Eric_13cars Eric_13cars Member

    The larger engine didn’t do much for performance. I speak from experience. The instance vehicle looks very crusty. No surprise being both a Pennsylvania car and the proneness of them to rust anyway. The asking price borders on insanity. It needs a complete restoration. Given that around 1980 I bought my almost rust free 1959 for $500 (with wire wheels and no hardtop), renovated it and sold it for $2500 (and was glad to get it), accounting for inflation, I’d suggest that this car is worth somewhere south of $5K. An order of magnitude from what I paid for a better car is reasonable in these crazy car price times.

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  3. chrlsful

    just like the other countries (Italy, Germany) it seemed a rash of makes looked, were the same – shared platforms, components.

    Here the ‘ga’ seems awfully austin-ish. Any of them really sompin in the day for a usa-er. I went thru the Fiats: 1200, 1500, 1600, 124 & onto alfas’n lancias. Like lill jewels all. Or fine watch-work.

    Thnx Russ

  4. Stephen Coe

    More like $4-5k is what is a price in line with condition of this car

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