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Re: Buying a "B" - or an A

Subject: Re: Buying a "B" - or an A
Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 17:04:52 EDT
In a message dated 5/10/99 4:25:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< I am looking for an MGA 1600 circa 1961 - can anbody provide me with tips,
 watchouts, experiences, whatever.
 Any info greatly appreciated. >>

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I don't have any first hand knowledge of the MGA, but I might remind you that 
you are looking to buy a car that is 38 years old.  Chances are you will get 
what you pay for.

If you want to do a restoration, save some money and buy a basket case for a 
few hundred bucks.  You are going to have to take it apart anyway.  

I know, it's easier to put it back together if you take it apart yourself.  
And you will know what parts are missing.  But, you can buy a basket case for 
$500.  A car that isn't running but is together is a few thousand.  It still 
needs lots of parts replaced.

Okay, so you buy a great running MGA, that needs cosmetic work.  When have 
you seen a car that needs cosmetic work that didn't have LOADS of hidden 
problems?  A good running MGA that needs cosmetic work is what, $7,000 to 

Okay, you decide to go all the way and buy the 99 point concours MGA.  Now 
you are up to $15,000.  Wouldn't you rather put that money into fixing the 
basket case so you know what you have?

Check out Barney Gaylord's web site ( for 
all the MGA info you need.  Also, Skye Poier's site ( is 
great for links to MG sites, as is  

Good luck,

Allen Hefner
'77 Midget
'92 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport

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