The factory DID supply MGAs with the top surface of the scuttle (between the
dash rail and the windshield, and between the fenders) in a vinyl material
identical to that on the dash.
However, per Clausager's book "Original MGA", these were only on the late
1622 model. Thus, it is unlikely that this was correct for a 1959 model. No
1500 model had vinyl on either the dash or the scuttle. I have not made a
study of the 1600.
Subject: dashboard surface
Date: Monday, December 18, 1995 10:50AM
I've been unable to obtain a definitive answer, maybe someone out there
knows for sure:
my '59 A coupe has the instrument panel, and the dashboard above it,
in leather. I have seen others that have leather on the instrument panel
or none at all - the panel and dash being painted the same color as the rest
of the car. I have also noticed ragtops seem to vary on the finish material.
Having spoken to several original owners of the cars results in varying
The question: was this a factory option or was it a feature added on by the
Also, were radios a factory option? (I should know but ashamedly don't)
Mike "still in the planning stage" Lambdin