10 MGA twin cAM (1958-60)
WHY IT’S HERE A performance MGA was always planned – it just took three extra years to develop
MG’s technical head Syd Enever could have been forgiven a smug grin when Alfa Romeo launched its pretty little twin-cam 1300cc Giulietta Spider around the same time as the MGA in 1955, as the British marque was already beavering away on a twin-cam version of the MGA – albeit with an extra 300cc that would have made it even more attractive to potential buyers. It even had a competition version up and running for the 1955 RAC Tourist Trophy race, though it sadly only lasted for 23 of the 83 laps.
Equally sadly, it was another three years before the Twin Cam went on sale, and even then it could arguably have done with a bit more development. But the Twin Cam had never been a top priority for management as the regular 1500 had been selling so well. And that’s a shame because a properly sorted MGA Twin Cam is possibly the nicest of all 1950s British sports cars to drive, and with its power, nimbleness and all-wheel disc brakes, more than a match for any MGB from the following two decades. The fact that MG didn’t persevere with the technology is quite simply one of the greatest shames in British motoring history.
Still, being so rare and wonderful does explain why they are so highly valued today.
WHAT TO PAYn PROJECT £10-15k n UsablE £1722k n GOOd £34-36k n CONCOURs £43-45k
Most Twin Cam issues have now been sorted, making the cars more usable.