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adlambert2001 Adam Lambert
Middleboro, MA, USA   USA
1959 Vauxhall VX "The Vauxhall"
1964 MG MGB MkI "MGB"
I've always liked the lines of the 1957 frua MGA. I've done a lot of custom work to MGs over the years and I'd like to peruse making a frua MGA replica. I know it's built on a 1958 1600 chassis.
Does anyone on here, maybe those in England associated with the MG club there, know if the measurements of this car still exist and if so, are they in club archives and accessible?
Also, does anyone know what the windshield and tail lights are off of?

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wyatt Silver Member Wyatt W
penguin point, drift ice, Antarctica   ATA
...Adam, its a copy of the Fiat Cabriolet...try there for help


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bills Bill Spohn
W. Vancouver, , BC, Canada   CAN
Yup - and VERY expensive to try and do yourself. Plus not as pretty as the original MGA. Consider buying an MGA coupe - that has some of the best subtle styling features around, short of the custom Italian models.



Bill Spohn www.rhodo.citymax.com/carstuff.html
Current: 1958 MGA Twincam (race car (170 bhp)),1962 MGA Deluxe Coupe (98 bhp)
1957 Jamaican MGA (200 bhp)1965 1971 Jensen Interceptor (350 bhp)
2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe (350 bhp)
2007 BMW Z4M coupe (340 bhp)
Recent: 1969 MGC roadster (175 bhp),Jensen CV8 (375 bhp),
1969 Lamborghini Islero S (350 bhp), 1988 Fiero GT turbo (300 bhp)
North Vancouver BC

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adlambert2001 Adam Lambert
Middleboro, MA, USA   USA
1959 Vauxhall VX "The Vauxhall"
1964 MG MGB MkI "MGB"
That's not what I'm looking to do. I like the look of the frua car. I have the tools and the skills to build it. I'm looking for the measurements taken from it by the factory before it was cup up.

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Oxide Del Rawlins
Disabled Account, Antarctica   ATA
1959 MG MGA
If you can't find any measurements, some higher res photos may help. People who restore or recreate unique cars will sometimes scale dimensions from old photos, using known size objects (wheels, headlights, etc) in the photos as a reference. That may be the best you can do. You've got your work cut out for you.

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wyatt Silver Member Wyatt W
penguin point, drift ice, Antarctica   ATA
...wouldn't it be more prudent to start with the Fiat body and go from there...

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bills Bill Spohn
W. Vancouver, , BC, Canada   CAN
You mean just stick an MG badge on the front of the Fiat 1500? Certainly would save a lot of fuss. Modify the bonnet, change to wire wheels, and there you are.

Of course the car will be worth far less than a dead stock restored MGA either way, so these are labours of love, not sense anyway.



Bill Spohn www.rhodo.citymax.com/carstuff.html
Current: 1958 MGA Twincam (race car (170 bhp)),1962 MGA Deluxe Coupe (98 bhp)
1957 Jamaican MGA (200 bhp)1965 1971 Jensen Interceptor (350 bhp)
2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe (350 bhp)
2007 BMW Z4M coupe (340 bhp)
Recent: 1969 MGC roadster (175 bhp),Jensen CV8 (375 bhp),
1969 Lamborghini Islero S (350 bhp), 1988 Fiero GT turbo (300 bhp)
North Vancouver BC

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wyatt Silver Member Wyatt W
penguin point, drift ice, Antarctica   ATA
In reply to # 2757379 by bills You mean just stick an MG badge on the front of the Fiat 1500? Certainly would save a lot of fuss. Modify the bonnet, change to wire wheels, and there you are.

Of course the car will be worth far less than a dead stock restored MGA either way, so these are labours of love, not sense anyway.

...don't ferget to hack in a 1959 MG Farina Magnette grille and 66 Jag S type front signals.....

but I do like the look of it........

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MGARuss Silver Member Russ Sharples
East Windsor, NJ, USA   USA
1960 MG MGA 1600 "Bonnie"
1993 Mazda MX-5 "Bombita"
Adam, do you intend to just make it look sorta like it or actually build one? The doors are completely different, as are the rear wings. The hood's completely different. There is going to be a lot of custom sheet metal going on in this project. Or do you just plan to do the nose treatment and keep the MGA hood, doors, rear wings?

Russ

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JimNH Jim Mail
Nashua, New Hampshire, USA   USA
1957 MG MGA "Camilla (the Other Woman)"
the doors and rear wings look like early MGB. Did they use parts from the MGB parts bin?

How much "A" is in there?


JIM

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MGARuss Silver Member Russ Sharples
East Windsor, NJ, USA   USA
1960 MG MGA 1600 "Bonnie"
1993 Mazda MX-5 "Bombita"
There's more photos here:
http://www.geomatique-liege.be/MGJP/Pages/MG_Speciales/Frua.htm

I wonder if starting from a B might not be a better choice.

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winstrol John Elwood
Jaffrey, NH, USA   USA
1953 MG TD
1959 MG Magnette MkIII
1962 Jaguar Mark X
1963 MG 1100 "Jenna Jameson"    & more
Some of these replies are far less than helpful. Is someone going to suggest to rubber bumper MGB owners than like the early 60s look to start with a Renault Floride?

Adam- first of all, please do this! I love this car and believe a replica of the lost car would be amazing. If you're starting with a MGA chassis that long ago lost it's body, then it would be no more a fake than any MGA repro body you put on that MGA chassis!

Anyway, your best bet is to contact the webmaster of http://www.pietro-frua.de If anyone knows where his archives went, he would.

-John

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adlambert2001 Adam Lambert
Middleboro, MA, USA   USA
1959 Vauxhall VX "The Vauxhall"
1964 MG MGB MkI "MGB"
Thanks very much John. Yes, I do intend to make it as exact as possible. Unless I find more detales. I'll make a buck and shape the body around it. I'll most likly us a lot of A parts, fire wall, tunnel, etc. we've done a lot of custom body work before so that should be fairly straight forward. I just want it as exact as possible. Everybody wants a car that no one else has.

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wyatt Silver Member Wyatt W
penguin point, drift ice, Antarctica   ATA
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wrayg wray brady
bethel park,pa, USA   USA
Wyatt, if thats your yellow car located up on the drift ice, do you also have a swallow doretti or Triumph italia or ??? your stash seems amazing, in a good way.

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