1962 MG A 1600 MkII (SOLD)
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..excellent body...when it was acquired by us, it had either ancient OR original red paint. Not so sure. BUT wherever there was a chip in the paint, it was right down to the bare metal.
Arrived with not a single dent or scratch, no bubbles, no cracks (other than in the old paint) and with excellent 'fit' of doors and exterior panels.
We removed the chrome, trim, windshield, insignia, sanded the exterior, stripped any cracking area to the bare metal, USED NO BONDO ANYWHERE other than a very very thin layer for smoothing prior to spraying primer. And then repainted the car is a lovely deep red.
Interior appears to be mostly new...excellent seats, door panels, carpets, and dash detailing. Gauges, switches, chrome trim, etc.
Also: rebuilt brakes (front calipers were fine but replaced rear cylinders, rear shoes, front pads, and sleeved and rebuilt the dual master cylinder), new wire wheel splines, new chrome knock offs, new bumpers, fairly new top, very clean inside the engine bay, excellent drive train, tight steering and front end, luggage rack, v.g. original side curtains. A lovely classic sports car with one of the prettiest body lines of any sports car of its era.
The 1600 Mk II carries the largest, most powerful pushrod engine ever fitted to an MGA. Rated (depending on which publication I have read) somewhere between 83 and 90hp. NOT all that much less than the low compression 1588cc MGA twin cam, rated at 100hp. Add a cam, perhaps a bit of head work, and maybe a set of headers and see an eary 100 hp.
I love my own 1600 Mk II. Far more nimble than a Healey, better handling than any Triumph, and far more classic than an MGB or TR6. And with wonderful potential (my own Mk II is due to be getting a 2 liter MGB engine and T9 5 speed transmission...with 130hp and high gearing in 5th gear, it will be hard to match this car as the ultimate compromise).
A beautiful incredibly solid, excellent running, beautifully prepared car.