Twinky: ’59 MGA Twin Cam
The MGA was introduced in 1955 as a replacement for the MG TF. It was a worthy competitor to the TR3 and Austin-Healey although they had the advantage of larger displacement engines. Even with a mere 1489 cc engine, the aerodynamic MGA sold over 13,000 cars in its first year. BMC engineers were at their wits end trying to get more ponies in the stable from that motor so development began on a twin-overhead-camshaft cylinder head. The Twin-Cam – aka Twink – introduced in 1958, produced an impressive 108 hp @ 6,700 rpm. But all was not rosy in the Cotswolds. There was a problem with the engine at sustained hi-speed leading to a succession of catastrophic engine failures. The Twink was discontinued in favor of a larger displacement motor. Well, there is good news and more good news for any Twin-Cam owner. They are very rare and desirable with approximately 2100 cars built. And these cars were specially equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes and real knock off wheels.The other good news is they found out why the engines blew. It was a problem with how they mounted the twin carbs. The engine vibration caused one of the carbs to starve a few cylinders with nasty results. Adding some vibration dampers seems to have solved the problem. This RHD version has emerged after a very long period of restoration and inactivity. The engine was properly rebuilt by a marque expert and a 5-speed gearbox was fitted. The engine is running Webers now and that probably adds some additional power to the mix. The proper spinner wheels are fitted with newer Pirellis. A Twin Cam gets you a special place at any British sports car event and this one, with some upgrades looks like one to consider. Hagerty has a Twinky valued at anywhere between $25,000 fo a car with lots of needs to a perfect car at $56,000. Looks good enough to be a number 2 but you won’t know until you see it in person. Click here for the eBay auction.