This MGA has travelled from the States and carried a few cosmetic niggles with it – but it still offers a lot of Abingdon fun
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
The B-Series fires up without any hesitation and has a smooth consistent power delivery without any misfiring. Both the four-speed manual gearbox and the clutch are light and easy to use, engaging smoothly without any crunching or reluctance. There’s no squealing or juddering from the brakes, which don’t pull to either side. There’s also no untoward vagueness or play in the steering system. It feels like a car that’s been well looked after – this is reaffirmed by the suspension, which is free of any knocks or rattles.
There are a couple of trim niggles to iron out, particularly the MGA vent on the offside that’s missing one of its three bars, an MG badge on the bootlid that could benefit from straightening and a series of scratches across the rear bumper chrome. There’s also some minor pitting on the offside indicator bezel, but the chromework at the front, particularly the radiator grille, is in good condition. The Old English White paintwork has a smooth, even finish throughout with no blemishes or bubbling, and the sills, wheelarches and windscreen surrounds have resisted corrosion in the car’s former home of Vermont. There are some minor chips on the painted 15in wire wheels – particularly the nearside front one – and the tyres appear to have hardened with age.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
While the glass on the rev counter has hazed a little with age, this is generally a cabin that’s shrugged off its six decades Stateside. The door cards are free of any rips or scuffs, the cords for the doors work correctly and the side-screens offered with the car are in good condition. Both the carpets and the seat vinyl are in good condition, with no unsightly markings or rips. The dashboard’s good too, with no scuffs or cracks.
UNDER THE BONNET
While some of the components are a little grubby, there are no fluid leaks, cracked pipes or signs the B-Series has overheated in the past. There’s no sign of rot on the inner wings or the bulkhead, and the radiator and electrics appear to be in good condition. Sadly very little of the service history made it across the Atlantic with the car so it’s difficult to vouch for how well it’s been looked after, but its current mechanical condition shouldn’t spark any worries.
While there are still a few things to sort out cosmetically and the left-hand-drive won’t suit everyone this is a fundamentally sound MGA. If you iron out the imperfections you could do a lot worse than this.