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Shiny And Red: 1960 MGA 1600


This MGA is listed on craigslist and on the Performance Auto Gallery for $19,000 (Almost a bargain at half the price?). It was found in a barn in St. Michaels, Maryland and is now located near Washington, DC. This MG was owned and driven by an MG mechanic. It has has some updates, like front disk brakes and instruments. There is very little corrosion and it runs and drives well.


The pictures on Craigslist make it look great, but up close the chrome is pitted and the paint is checked and cracked.

inside left

The interior is serviceable. It looks like a nice place to be!


Things look tidy under the bonnet with no obvious signs of oil leaks or engine fires.

front left

The pictures in the craigslist posting are a good example of selective photography. The closeup shots on the Performance Auto site tell the story a little better. Is there something about this MG that makes it worth so much? In eBay, sold listings, for example, there are MGAs which are described as at least as nice as this one and they sell for about half the price. I look forward to reading your comments.


  1. Van

    It’s worth that much in DC because the politicians and lobbyist don’t know the value of a dollar.
    I like the car, I’d repaint the valve cover and leave the rest alone. If only it was selling for the, outside Washington price.

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  2. Healeydays

    Wow, at a little more than that price you could get into a Big Healey that needs as much work and you’d have better upside.

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  3. Yellowjax Member

    Like 10 grand more.

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  4. OKCPhil
    • Ross W. Lovell

      Greetings All,

      OKCPhil, That Memphis MGA is a coupe, not a roadster with a hardtop, which explains the price difference.

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      • OKCPhil

        Ah sorry. Confused it with a hardtop convertible. Nice though for the price plus less skin cancer :-)

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  5. MGAman

    Overpriced by about $9000. The driver’s side door fit would scare me right away. I assume it does not have a top or we would see it. Just my personal opinion but the black painted wheels and white seats are not a strong selling point. Finally, this dealer couldn’t source a tail light lens before listing it? Really? All that said this as all otherMGAs will be fun to drive.

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    • John

      It always amazes me to see HANKOOK Optima tires on a carefully preserved British Roadster. It looks nice but, NO, too much. Its not a Porsche or even a big Healey (although the black wheels give it an XK-120 Jaguaresque look). I like that word — Jaguaresque.

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  6. Muz

    It’s a 1600, it’s supposed to have disc brakes….. Just sayin’ 😄

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  7. Ismael

    It is for complete restoration, full strip down and rebuild propelly, then it $19000 worth.
    Well, all the MG 1600 karried disk brakes. this then new tecnology apered in Triumph cars October 1959 and in MG cars a month later.

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