Over the past 50 years, I have owned many cars, starting with a used 1957 Chevy. then on to a brand new 1964 Corvette, a 3 cylinder Saab, that would not go up the mountain to Gold Hill Colorado, a TR3, that I drove on my move to Boulder Co., the wiring burned up one night on route 6 going to Colorado from Johnson City NY, while I was listing to the radio on a dark night, everything went black at 50 mile per hour, then fire under the dash! 2 week delay in Oil City, PA to get it fixed, then when arriving in Boulder Co the transmission went out! The car had a total of 24,000 miles on it at that time, I think that car was a little un-reliable, Duhhhh. I elected to trade it for a brand new 1967 Mercury Cougar,that was discounted because of hail damage, and after owning it for 6 months the roof on our apartment blew off in one of Boulder 100 mph windstorms, onto the Cougar, so that car was pretty much done for. I then got interested in 356 Porsche’s, great little cars but now so overpriced that it nuts! A 1960 356 B sunroof Porsche, became my driver for about 20 years! Supplemented with a Toyota pickup truck. I started also buying them and sort of restoring them, (about 35 of them over 30 years),I also had a few 911’s and a 1989 Porsche Speedster, (sold it for $40K) why did I do that? Also had two, 356 speedsters, and a convertible D Porsche. (whats it worth now?) who cares. So about 10 years ago I bought a 59 MGA, sight unseen, had it delivered to me in Boulder Co from Minnesota, started it up in my garage but quickly found out that the oil line was disconnected and oil was all over me, my garage the car etc. So first experience was not great. Sold it after a year. No sport cars for 8 years until last year, I had been driving a Ford Expedition for those 8 years, until visiting my son in Colorado and seeing his “new” 356 c coupe, thinking maybe I should get one TOO! Then I found out what one would cost! They are a nut price, whats going on with 356’s? I am sorry but I am not going to pay $80K for a car that I bought many of for $3K! So what to do? How about a 1962 MGA Mark II, always liked that car. Boy was I lucky, as I found one in Pittsburgh PA that the owner had spend better part of 10 years restoring it. I bought it for $21K, and trailered it up to my home in Foxburg PA. Feeling under gunned, compared to a 356, I started driving it, seemed like a nice little car. Second time I drove it, it quit about 10 miles from home on a remote road, what could be wrong? Crawled out, can’t jump out any more, and lifted the hood, noted main wire off coil, hooked back on and away we went, I am sure I pushed it off while looking around at my new cars motor. Last time MGA ever let me down! Put a spin on oil filter mod. and a Pertronix Ignition system, and have been driving ever since! I LOVE THIS CAR AND WOULD NOT TRADE IT FOR A 356! I am a happy camper with our little MGA. I think it is the most beautiful designed car I ever saw, not sure about the mechanics, but looking at it what a beautiful car! Finally we figured out how to put the top up and down, and now just leave top down for summer and put tonneau on it, and if it rains find a place to hide until its over, we drive it almost every day! Have not found any MGA clubs in this area, but boy we have a great one in Eustis Fl. "The Classic MG Club of Orlando", it is free to join, but cost $50 to leave, and they are a great bunch of people, we are so lucky to have joined them. Now should we ship the MGA to Eustis Fl for the winter?
Rick and Lerma Foxburg PA
I think I will buy me a 356C coupe, what are they going for nowadays?