British Invasion: MGA and Jaguar Collection

The seller of this British car collection says he is cleaning house, and boy, he’s got some decent projects in storage. The collection includes mostly MGAs needing restoration (the Isetta seen here does not appear to be up for grabs) along with a Jaguar XK120 coupe and a “time-warp” MGA roadster with just 24,000 miles. Find the whole collection here on craigslist with prices ranging from $3,750 to $27,500.

I believe this is the low-mileage roadster if I’m following the seller’s listing correctly. Looking incredibly clean with all the right details accounted for (wire wheels, excellent chrome, a tight-fitting top, etc.), this could be the kind of car with no disappointments. If the low mileage can be verified, I see no reason why this MGA won’t hold its value (if not increase) over time.

The rest of the collection may be projects, but there’s nothing here that looks like a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the XK120, there’s two MGA roadsters, two coupes, and one Twin Cam. I’ve noticed owners of MGAs seem to buy these cars in bulk, so I’m guessing they’re pretty special to drive; still, the one I’d save my pennies for is the Twin Cam (actually, the Isetta!)

The seller seems open to negotiation, and would welcome a buyer who wishes to take more than one car home with them. The listing says there is some negotiating room on the prices, which include $20,000 for the Twin Cam; $20,000 for the low-mileage roadster; and $3,750 each for an MGA coupe and roadster in project-grade condition. Which one would you take home?

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Comments

  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    The MGA’s are fun, but that Jag-poetry in metal.
    Jeff, would you consider the Isettas and little BMW’s as an analog SmartCar?

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  2. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Someone reach out to Carl George or Jeff Lane in Tennessee. They need everything in this Quonset hut to complete their collections.

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    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      Good lookin’ out, Little_Cars.

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  3. KEEB

    Manvel Texas…I’ll bet these all came from Mickey DelBello’s british car and mustang salvage yard when he retired. .Shopped there in the 80’s.

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  4. Del

    How much for the Quonset Hut ?

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  5. Vince

    I remember Mickey from the ‘70’s

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  6. Larry

    And here I thought that I was the only MG nut around. I have a 1939 MGVA Tickford 3 Position Right Hand Drive Cabriolet-one of only 591 produced, 1951 MGTD Roadster-frame off restored, (20) 1956 thru 1962 MGA Coupes and Roadsters, (10) 1970 thru 1980 MGB Coupes and Roadsters, plus (15) large racks of MGA body, glass, interior, mechanical and stainless trim parts.

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    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      Larry,
      Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea (pun intended) but more than a few can appreciate them-myself included (1961 Midget) and I’ll bet Little_Cars too as a starter..

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      • Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

        Yup. Big fan during the BMC to British-Leyland takeover period. Sister’s boyfriend had a Midget when I was an impressionable middle schooler. Took me 40 years to buy my first MG after dabbling far too long in Buick Gran Sports and Firebirds.

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  7. Jack Quantrill

    Whilst in high school, a pal loaned me a MGA for a while. I did my first 4- wheel drift in one of these. I thought I was Manuel Fangio!

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  8. ken tilly

    Love the Morris Minor 1000 and the Twin Cam MG but you had better be able to get 100 octane gas before driving it.

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    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      Befriend a pilot-AVgas is the only way to go, especially when using the original valve seats/stems. (‘64 Bonneville-TWO wheel version!)

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      • Bryan W Cohn

        Boats still use 100LL and its far easier to buy than 100LL Av gas. Anyplace with a decent public lake open to boating will have 100LL and it’ll be cheaper and far easier to buy. In most airports they require the plane number to complete a fuel purchase, even if they have self service pumps. Not that its hard to make up a number but why commit fraud when you don’t have too?

      • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

        We don’t have a lot of boat gas sales out here in the desert, but we we have a lot of airstrips that’ll gladly sell av gas-without any intention of fraud.

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