10k: Cool for the Cash: 1956 MG MGA

The last MGA we featured was a bit of a project, had a hand spray painted valve cover and we put our foot in our mouth and the whole episode ended in some donations to charity…ANYWAY, this time we are going to focus on the car at hand and try to avoid sharing any of the proverbial game of Mad Libs that continuously plays in our heads.  This 1956 MG MGA is for sale in St Louis, MO for $12,500 via craigslist.  Thanks to tip from DT regular Scot.

This MGA looks out of place in the pages of DT because it is a wire wheel equipped beauty that looks like a million bucks.  We are surprised and thrilled to be able to feature such a gorgeous automobile at a non-banker price.  Additional, the maintenance is reasonable and the simple engines are easy for the garage hobbyist to rebuild.

This MGA would have originally come with a 1.5 liter B-series engine, but it has been updated to a later 1.8 liter engine from an MGB.  Expect around 95 horsepower and 105 ft-lbs of torque.  Luckily an additional 40 horsepower is only a Moss Motors supercharger system away.

The inside of the MGA is classic British style at its best, this one has had a modern stereo installed, but who cares; you are going to appreciate occasionally listening to a CD of your choosing vs. being forced to endure your local talk radio wacko with no alternative. This writer is unsure if the MGA would have come with an AM radio from the factory, or if it was a dealer installed option…

We still can’t get over the amount of practical style you can get in this ’50s sports car for the asking price when compared to anything else European from the same era. It’s even got a nice round rumpus and that cool British dip between the door and rear fender, giving the shape some hips. Don’t stare too longingly or you might find yourself $12.5k poorer in short order!

See a better 2-door sports car from the 1950s? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com