10 MGA twin cAM (1958-60)

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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.

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