1959 MGA Twin-Cam - Reader Ride

By: Ross Kelly, Photography by: Ross Kelly

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Ross Kelly's 1959 MGA Twin-Cam


Ross Kelly's 1959 MGA Twin-Cam

This scarce MG spent around 40 years confined to a shipping container before being set free and painstakingly restored.

"The car was sold new in Queensland and had all the original components," owner Ross Kelly said. "After buying it about seven years ago it then spent the next three years with a friend, Dan Kelly, who put in many agonising hours sorting it out and putting the car back together".

Just 2111 of these mechanically fragile MGs were built and from new they suffered a range of mechanical maladies. With replacement cylinder heads being very scarce some Twin-Cams have been ‘repowered’ with Japanese or European engines to keep them running.

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This one retains its proper MG Twin-Cam but does conceal one guilty secret. Buried under the floor is a five-speed gearbox of Japanese origin that eases stress on that costly engine and transforms this MG into "a good relaxing car for longer distances".


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