BaT Auction: 1961 MGA Coupe

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This 1961 MGA Coupe was purchased by the seller out of Portugal in 2015 from Cool & Vintage, a restoration shop that is believed to have completely gone through the car. It was imported to the US by the seller and is finished in red over a red leather interior. Power comes from a 1588cc inline-four backed by a four-speed manual transmission. 750 miles have been added by the seller, who had the second and third gear synchros replaced and has changed the oil annually. This Mk.1 MGA coupe is now being offered with the seller’s service records, a tool kit, and a clean New York title in the seller’s name.

The car was reportedly disassembled before being repainted in the red shade seen here, although shop records are said to have been lost in a fire. Some pitting is visible on the front bumper, and a stone chip on top the driver’s front fender is noted. European license plates are included.

BaT Auction: 1961 MGA Coupe

15″ wire knock-off wire wheels are finished in silver and wear Camac 5.60-15 bias-ply tires with 2003 DOT date codes.

BaT Auction: 1961 MGA Coupe

The interior is trimmed in red leather, and a 4-spoke banjo-style steering wheel is equipped along with an optional Smiths heater with windshield defrost vents. The seller believes that the interior was refurbished by Cool & Vintage. The speedometer reads in mph, and the odometer shows 88,679 miles, though total mileage is unknown.

BaT Auction: 1961 MGA Coupe

Red leather seat covers show light creasing and puckering on the seat cushions and padded center armrest. Aftermarket lap belts were installed by the seller.

BaT Auction: 1961 MGA Coupe

The trunk houses a spare wheel, a tool roll, and the rear European license plate.

BaT Auction: 1961 MGA Coupe

Power comes from a 1588cc inline-four fed with twin SU carburetors and backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. The seller believes that the engine was rebuilt during the previous refurbishment, and annual oil changes have been conducted during his ownership. Second and third gear synchros were also replaced within the past few years.

BaT Auction: 1961 MGA Coupe

The underside can be seen in a collection of gallery pictures included below. A new spare battery is installed on the driver’s side as pictured above, and the seller notes that both batteries are secured with Zeus butterfly nuts.