COMPETITION MGA TWIN CAM (1600 DE LUXE SPEC)Advert ID: 44179 To Be Auctioned
A really well prepared and very competitive little MGA racer with FIA paperwork valid until 2024.
Beginning in April 1960, there was an option available on MGA dealer sales ordering checklists called 'Competition Suspension'. This is sometimes referred to in factory parts books as the "All-Wheel Disc Brakes” option and was, in fact, a near-complete Twin Cam chassis, with knock-off steel wheels, Dunlop four-wheel disc brakes, and separate master cylinders. This required a variation of the frame for mounting the master cylinders, but no change of the body in the area of the standard heater box, and no change around the radiator, although the steering rack was (usually) set forward a bit like the Twin Cam cars. The term “Deluxe” was never used by the factory as a model designation although the 'Competition Deluxe Seats' did, in fact, have that proper name in the options list. Cars fitted with the Competition Suspension package were frequently fitted with a Close-Ratio Gearbox, Competition Deluxe Seats and sometimes a hardtop as well. The use of "Deluxe" as a model designation stemmed from dealers advertising cars with some (any) combination of these expensive options and calling them "Deluxe" for the sake of simplicity. Over time, the term has come to be used for pushrod engined cars with twin-cam bodies, competition suspension, four-wheel discs and 'knock-off' wheels. Records indicate that around 70 roadsters left the factory built to this specification. The car was homologated in this form and enjoyed much competition success at home and abroad including a 2nd in class at Sebring in 1961.
This MGA, Chassis number #YD1-2451 was originally produced in 1959 as a Twin-Cam with the MGA competition 1600 DOHC (Twin Cam) engine installation. After many years in hibernation, TSV 41 was brought out of storage in 2012 with the intention to restore it and create an FIA 'Appendix K' compliant MGA race car. Initially, the twin-cam engine was to have been used however this plan was changed and a bored out 'B'-series was fitted. A body off chassis, bare metal full recommissioning commenced in 2012. New aluminium wings front and rear were acquired from Bob West of Pontefract who owns the original MGA metal bucks and formers. Bodywork and painting were completed by Neil Cawthorne Bodyworks in Cambridgeshire. There is too much to list here but the basic spec is;
BMC 'B-Series' 1840cc race engine with Coltech big-valve cylinder head gas flowed and ported, Farndon steel conrods, JE forged race pistons, Cambridge Motorsport forged 3-bearing crankshaft, Aluminium flywheel, Helix Competition clutch plate, New HS 6 SU carburettors/ Dellorto 48, Aluminium radiator, close-ratio straight cut gearbox.
Aluminium body panels (bonnet, boot, doors and wings), ‘Works’ adjustable rear shocks, de-cambered rear springs, competition front anti-roll bar shocks and springs, Tillet race seat, Quick release steering wheel, Integral removable roll bar, door bar and diagonal, Aluminium fuel tank, disc brakes all round, and Dunlop Peg-drive wheels.
TSV 141 made its competition debut in May 2014 at the Donnington Historic Festival competing in the Pre-63 GT sportscar race collecting 3rd in class. Thereafter the car has competed regularly in AMOC, MGCC, Silverstone Classic as well as being driven to local car club gatherings at various pubs and venues. It is currently road-legal and taxed.
The Coltech race engine was built brand new for the 2018 season @ c£10K and rebuilt for the 2019 season with only 3 hours running since. It generates somewhere between 155bhp–160 bhp depending on the carburation.
Unusually, TSV 141 has FIA paperwork for both its current specification (MGA 1600 De Luxe) and as Twin Cam, the MGA being homologated in both forms in period. Our vendor feels the car is most approachable as a 'club racer' with its 1840cc race engine as it's probably more reliable and definitely cheaper to repair, however, if more exotic events beckon he has for sale, by separate negotiation, a brand new MSA-checked and sealed, homologated MGA Twin Cam competition 1600cc with all new components including a brand new, unused NOS Barwell-spec cylinder head.
Delightfully presented in Peppermint Green, this is a really well prepared and very competitive little MGA racer with FIA paperwork valid until 2024 and would be made most welcome wherever you went.
NB; In common with any Competition Car, it's important that you check the suitability, eligibility and currency of any safety equipment fitted to the car.
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19 Dec 2013
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