One Of The Last Ones: 1962 MGA Mk II Coupe

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This great find was sent in by Barn Finds reader Stillrunners–thanks for the find! By 1962, the MGA was starting to look quite dated, especially next to some of its British rivals. But now, it’s a beautiful classic with great lines and simple mechanicals! This one is located in Richardson, Texas and is up for sale here on craigslist for $5,000. The seller tells us that the engine is free and that the only part that is missing is the air filter. However, it’s obvious that the car will need a lot of work, and the pictures don’t help a lot. On the bright side, the body looks relatively straight apart from an area on the left rear fender, and the chrome is even there. Even the vulnerable grille looks intact! Would you make it safe and drive it, or restore it?

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Comments

  1. Rick

    I’d straighten out that quarter, hit it w/ a bomb can and drive it (if it will run). IMHO its a screarmin deal, plus you wont run into your twin on cruise night. Glad its not in NW Wash, would have a hard time not buying it. Bet these will appreciate.

  2. David C

    This looks like a bargain. Someone is going to get a steal.

  3. Dolphin Member

    If the floors and frame aren’t rusted and the engine turns (we know it “is not ceased”, but does it turn?) then I agree with Rick, this is a deal. From the pics taken standing on a chair, the grille, bumpers and body look better than most MGAs with needs, at least from a distance. Not much more to go on, but the reasonable asking price would make me go for a look if I was anywhere close to the car.

    It’s a coupe, so less desirable to most people than the roadster, but a last-year car, so has the 1622cc engine and a little bit more desirability because it’s the last of the ‘envelope’ MGAs.

    • Chuck

      It might be less desirable but I had a 1960 MGA roadster and was always fascinated by the Coupe, for that very reason. According to my production numbers, there were only a total of 105 coupes made for the whole model year of 1962, of which only 26 were made for American Export, LHD. Either way, this a super rare car worthy of restoration. I could buy it but I couldn’t afford to give the A the proper restoration it deserves. I just hope it goes to the right person that will restore it and take care of it.

  4. ksis

    I may have to look at this one.

  5. Hoos Member

    I agree with Dolphin. The wooden floors tend to keep moisture on the frame rails that hold them, causing them to rust. If those and the rockers are good, get it running and drive it like you stole it!!

  6. bcavileer

    These are very classy looking when restored. And the coupe is twice the driver’s car. Much stiffer and better to drive. Convertibles drive the market, coupes are for those who want to drive ’em. Wood floors are EASY to replace. The simple framing for the floors is straight forward too. The engine is simple to repair, siezed or not. Looks like a nice candidate to restore. Parts are readily available. Fear not!

  7. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    thanks guys…..just getting the hang of things on help posing – thought that was a good price…..what’s sad is my ex brother in law….the first one….had a drop top MGA not running that he would let me have….about 1970….my dad killed that….he was kinda cool he had bought new Opel Kadette Ralley he was proceeding to drive the wheels off….oh and I’m in Dallas if anyone wants me to go look at it for them….

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