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Designer: Gerald Palmer
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In 1955 the old-fashioned 20year old MG T-series was pensioned off by the radical new streamlined MGA, and the Austin parts bin was raided to give it a 1489cc B-series engine. A 1588cc Twin Cam version, engineered by Gerald Palmer, was offered 1958-60. In 1959 the 1588cc engine with conventional head was given to the MG MGA 1600, which gained the disc brakes of the Twin Cam at the front but not at the rear. For 1961 the 1600 MkII was offered with the engine enlarged to 1622cc and retuned. The MkII was given a new inset grille and horizontal tail lamps.


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MG MGA - wing top badge
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MG MGA 1600 - wingtop badge
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MG MGA 1600 MkII
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MG MGA Twin Cam - badge beside bonnet
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MG MGA - grille of a 1957 MkI 1500
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MG MGA 1600 - grille
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MG MGA 1600 MkII - the recessed grille of the MkII
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MG MGA 1957 MkI 1500
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MG MGA 1600 MkII
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MG MGA Twin Cam
MG MGA 1500 FHC front
MG MGA 1957 MkI 1500 FHC. Replacing the T-series Midgets, the MGA gained a BMC B-series engine and was launched in 1955.
MG MGA 1500 front
MG MGA Roadster. Based on a design by Syd Enever for a 1952 MG TD racer, the MGA used a new chassis and a lower floor pan. It was given a BMC B-series engine in place of the old MG XPAG engine.
MG MGA 1500 rear
MG MGA. The sleek looking MGA was a good seller, particularly for export, where 95per cent of the 101,000 cars went.
MG MGA 1600 1960
MG MGA 1600 Roadster. Launched in 1959 the MGA was given an enlarged 1588cc engine and front discs brakes
MG MGA 1600 FHC front
MG MGA 1600 FHC rear
MG MGA 1600 FHC. MGA 1600 models now had orange indicators front and rear
MG MGA 1600 mkII front
MG MGA 1600 MkII Roadster. In 1961 the MkII was launched with a B-Series engine of 1622cc - the same as used in the 'Farina Austin' cars. The recessed grille is the identifier for the MkII
MG MGA 1600 mkII rear
MG MGA 1600 MkII Roadster. MkII cars had revised rear lamps - just Mini rear lamps on their side!
MG MGA Twin Cam front
MG MGA Twin Cam. Gerald Palmer engineered the Twin Cam engine, based on the 1489cc B-series engine with block bored out to 1588cc
MG MGA Twin Cam rear
MG MGA Twin Cam. The Twin Cam was given Dunlop disc brakes on all four wheels, and carried Dunlop centre lock steel wheels without the option for wires.
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MG MGA 1600 FHC. 1600 rear lamps had enlarged holders that contained an orange indicator
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MG MGA 1600 MkII. The MkII had rather clumsy rear lights pinched from the Austin Mini and mounted on their side.
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MG MGA Twin Cam. Gerald Palmer engineered the 1,588cc Twin Cam engine; the body in this case was by Syd Enever.
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MG MGA 1500 Roadster. Simple single red rear lamps for the 1500 MGAs
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MG TA, TB, TC, TD and TF Midgets
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
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