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The definitive history of the MGA, the first British sportscar to sell more than 100,000 units and be capable of topping 100mph. Includes Le Mans prototypes, the coupe, Twin Cam, 1600 and 1600 MkII models; competition history; 'secret MGAs'; the USA success story; restoration notes, and much more.
Available again after a long absence!
This new book is the definitive study of the MGA, for the author has gone back to factory records and to the people who worked on the car in the 'fifties, to find out how it was conceived, manufactured and marketed. Here is the real story of the MGA's engineering, body styling and every aspect of the car's development and production - including MG's strategy to beat its competitors.In seven years of production, there were major successes and sad disappointments. The MGA was the car that was "right first time" and though the Twin Cam variant was a nightmare for the factory, it is now the most sought after model. This book tells how the sleepy Thames-side village of Abingdon became a mass-production centre for the MGA, how the MGA became one of America's best-loved sports cars and how the MGA has become one of today's classic cars, cherished by enthusiastic owners all over the world.
A BEAUTIFUL car with a great history, the MGA is covered well in this book, from its original conception to eventual axing in 1962. It earns some extra points for including a section on buying and restoring your own model, too – valuable info for anyone who might consider one of theses classic sports cars.
Engaging ... really brings the potential of the Abingdon firm to life ... A fantastic title, and one that inspires a new respect for this MG.
Classic Car Weekly
The MGA was the first British sports car to sell more than 100,000 units with over 80% of production going to North America. The sleek, streamlined MGA, the first production MG capable of topping 100mph, was a big departure from the upright obsolete sports cars, which the factory had produced since the 1930s and was a huge international success. The author has gone back to factory records and to the people who worked on the MGA in the 1950s to find out how it was conceived, manufactured and marketed.
It is a real and fascinating story of the MGA's engineering, body styling and every aspect of the car's development and production, including MG's strategy to beat its competitors. The MGA was the car that was 'right first time' and though the twin cam variant was a nightmare for the factory, it is now the most sought after model. This book tells how the sleepy English Thames side village of Abingdon became a mass production centre for the MGA, how the MGA became one of America's best loved sports cars and how, today, it is a true classic, cherished by enthusiastic owners all over the world.
Restored Cars magazine
Once I'd started reading it I found it hard to put down ... John has obviously spent a lot of time researching his subject which has enabled him to include more of the finer details of life in the Abingdon design office as well as on the MGA assembly line.