Warehouse Cleanout: 25 MGAs!

Many of us who collect a particular type of vehicle end up with more than one of them. My wife claims they actually multiply when no one is looking. Based on my shop contents, she might be correct! But I can’t even begin to touch what this ad contains–there are 25 MGAs for sale from one seller, who says they are cleaning out their warehouse! Although the cars are located in Taylor, Missouri they are advertised here on craigslist in New York. Thanks to Bill W. for sending in this great find!

It’s apparent the MGAs share space with MGBs and other vehicles. Can anyone tell us what the car in the pit is? I was thinking Porsche 356, but I’m not sure. At least the cars have been kept in a dry environment. I wonder if they were purchased out of enthusiasm for the marque, as an investment plan, or for some other purpose? MGAs were only produced from 1956 to 1962, but as a replacement for the separate fender and running board (i.e. “vintage”) MGTF, they were a great success, leading to the full monocoque MGB replacement. One thing that I’ve always found great about MGA’s is that they have treated wood floorboards, avoiding the expense of replacing “flintstone floors” so common in older British cars.

Most of the cars look to be in comparable condition to this example, with relatively solid bodywork but possibly having some components missing. Many parts are piled in amongst the cars, and it might make sense to purchase more than one vehicle to get all of the components you need.

Some of the cars have had some body work completed already. It looks like a photocopy of the title is attached to most of the vehicles, something that can be difficult to deal with for finds like this one. Perhaps this owner is more organized than the typical hoarder we see–and that’s a good thing!

This pretty coupe looks like the body is pretty much ready to go, as long as there are doors. What’s the car behind it in this picture? Certainly not an MGA.

This car is one of the relatively rare 1600 De Luxe that received the disk wheels and brakes from the MGA Twin Cam model that didn’t meet sales expectations. Or at least it’s got the right wheels to be one. You’d have to go look to make sure.

The seller has MGAs stacked up around the warehouse in racks! It looks like they were put up there carefully. Maybe your dream MGA is waiting for you in Missouri? If you buy one or more of these cars, be sure to let us know and send in some pictures of you with the car!

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  1. Scot

    ~ The car in the pit is considerably larger than the MGs. Looks like it could be ’47 or earlier GM ‘Sedanette’ type vehicle.

    • David

      Car in pit is Saab 93. Possibly with the Monte Carlo 3 cylinder 2 stroke.

  2. TriPowerVette

    My brother is the MGA expert. He has restored 2, from conditions similar to these. His first one went 10 years ago (or so) to a buyer in Belgium for $23000. The second one is pictured here and sold on eBay for $26,000 about 2 years ago. The first was White, with a Red interior, and the second was Black with a (very unusual) Green interior. These two were as close to perfect as any I have ever seen.

    I admit to being one of my brother’s admirers. His hands are guided by angels.

  3. D. King

    The car in the pit looks like a VW bug. Or is there another pit?

  4. Rally Ace

    Most are missing the valuable aluminum hood. The car in the pit could be a SAAB 93.

    • TriPowerVette

      Do you mean… al-u-min-e-yum bonnet? Otherwise, I thought the hood was either cloth, attached and steel, or else you meant the aftermarket fibreglass detachable one. Hmmm?

  5. Bob

    Car is the pit looks like a GM Fleetline body

  6. ccrvtt

    Any buyer needs to get there first to gather up all the parts you’ll need to assemble a driver out of this hot mess. Hoarders like this are just keeping once rebuildable cars out of the hands individuals who may actually do something with them. Something that resembles a complete car, I mean.

    I’d pay the $1 for the lot – and give them away to true enthusiasts.

    But I’m just an old curmudgeon. A poor old curmudgeon at that…

    • Moosefeather

      Now, Now, we don’t know that this guy hasn’t been churning out completed projects or not. I agree would be nice to see these ones on the road, but if having 25 of anything doesn’t make you a ‘true’ enthusiast not sure what does.

  7. Doug

    The car in the pit appears to me to be a Volvo PV444, or possibly a PV544 –
    The PV 444 had slightly smaller windows and a 2 pc windshield. It’s even the same faded red color as the ’58 PV444 residing in my garage… Styling cues from the earlier PV444 grilles ( pre-54 ) make me believe they were influenced by the early ’40s Chryslers. If you look at the 122 or Amazon front end, you can see the resemblance to the ’55 Chrysler 300……especially the grilles.

    • Bill Wilkman

      I believe the documents on the fenders of some cars are certificates from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, documenting the build history of the cars.

      • TriPowerVette

        Having applied for several in my time, I agree with you, sir. Attached is a copy of one that I received for my 1957 MGA.

    • Jackie Alberti

      You are correct, it’s got to be a Volvo 544.

      • Larry

        It is not a Volvo 544, it is a 1947 Chevrolet

  8. Dolphin Dolphin Member

    Yes, probably a hoarder, but we don’t know whether he might already have restored a few, sold them off, and just gotten tired of restoring ‘A’s. At least these cars are under secure cover and are not sinking into the soil in some forest.

    The upside is the fact that now there are a couple dozen more MGA projects available than we thought, maybe just when you concluded you’d never find one that you could afford.

    It would be interesting to know what the seller wants for some of these cars—-hopefully not outrageous prices. Maybe all these MGA projects going onto the market at the same time will drive the price of MGA projects down. We can hope….

  9. Speedy D

    The mystery vehicle in the background appears to be a 1949 Desoto

    • Larry

      The so called mystery car is a 1949 DeSoto Woodie Wagon

  10. Wrong Way

    I say that the car in the pit is a Volvo! There is a memory there, I am pretty sure that it is! I remember that rear end!

  11. Allen Member

    Definitely not a Volvo. I had a PV544 – and the nearly rectangular rear window stretched to the rain gutters. It reminds me of some of the earlier Volvos, but the lines just aren’t quite right. And it’s just too big. I would go with the GM Fleetlines all phased out by about 1948.

    • Larry

      The car in the pit is a 1947 Chevrolet 2dr Sedan

  12. Reid Hall

    The car pictured in drive down area of the warehouse is most likely a 47-50 Ford ,and or chevy,looks like to me they may be keeping this car.Although if they are willing to sell this car ,looks like it has a pretty good body for the age of the car. If it were me l would find out, forget about the non. American stuff and try to buy it instead.

  13. ron tyrrell

    Saab in the pit

  14. TBAU

    I ask again, what happened to the MGA some of the Barnfinds staff were restoring?

    • Josh Mortensen Josh Mortensen Staff

      Our MGA was in a bit of a fender bender in our shop involving a rogue Imperial. We are still in the process of deciding what to do with it. We might fix it or we might sell it as is if we can find a good home for it.

  15. AFM

    I’d consider buying them all for a $1 how do I make that happen?

  16. Larry

    The car in the pit is a 47 Chevy which as since been sold. Someone here hit it right on the nail head about an authentic 1962 MGA MK II Deluxe Roadster. It even has a totally rebuilt 1622 engine. To inquire about any of the MGA’s, call me at 573-541-1970

  17. Larry

    Warehouse Cleanout:

    1959 MGA 1500 Coupe $3500
    1960 MGA 1600 Roadster $3500
    1960 MGA 1600 Roadster $3500
    1960 MGA 1600 Roadster $3500
    1960 MGA 1600 Roadster $6500
    1962 MGA MK II Coupe-mostly restored $17,000
    1962 MGA MK II Roadster $3500
    1962 MGA MK II Deluxe Roadster with rebuilt 1622 engine $20,000
    Complete photo sets are available by calling 573-541-1970 or you can email me collectorcarsandparts@yahoo.com

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