The MG A was built from 1955 to 1962 and it was the first car to come from the hands of MG designers that brought along some early, albeit recognizable and functional, aerodynamics, and a fresh breeze. After the global return to peace following World War II, MG had only repeated their conventional, producing the MG Y and the MG T that had the pleasure of being succeeded by the MG A, which ultimately captured hearts for years. Even today, people still highly covet it as it has changed British automotive history.
MG had not suffered much financially during the four harsh war years as they had turned to focus on the construction aircraft components, the maintenance of war tanks, and the distribution of weapons. Therefore, there was no financial wounds cut, and they had the means to venture boldly into a completely new ground-breaking concept. They designed the MG A in 1951, and because the new design diverged so much from MG's usual approach, they decided to ‘start over all again’. Quite literally, in its purest form, as 'A' is not just coincidentally the first letter of the Latin alphabet.
The MG A was finally unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955. It was atypical for MG with a sporty and luxurious appearance and performance. Under the hood, there was a straight-four engine, 1489 cc in size, corresponding to the model code '1500', producing 72 horsepower. After four years in production, in 1959, the engine displacement was increased to 1588 cc, creating the MG A 1600. The following year, it was further upgraded to 1622 cc, which also increased its power. Between 1958 and 1960, a high-performance sports model was built with a dual overhead camshaft and a high compression ratio, showcasing its best performance on the track, and achieving victory.
In 1962, the MG A was succeeded by the equally iconic MG B. Overall, just over one hundred thousand MG A's were sold.
MG A 1600
The MG A 1600, produced from 1959 on, featured a 1.6-liter engine, as its name suggests. The higher displacing engine produced more power. Additionally, it had disc brakes on the front wheels, a feature that had not been seen in earlier models. Among other aesthetic improvements, one can easily distinguish the A 1600 by the presence of a '1600' badge on the rear trunk.
Approximately 31,000 MG A units were built, making it relatively easy to find spare parts, partly due to its immense success.
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