Registry: 1959 MG MGA 1500

Jay Gravitt's 1959 MG MGA 1500 – “Mildred “Millie””
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“Mildred “Millie””
Since my father’s passing on May 22, 2015 I have been searching for the MGA he had when as a freshman in college. On Christmas morning 1959, my dad received a “brand new” MGA from my grandparents. The MGA was black with red interior, wire wheels, either a black or charcoal grey hood (My mother can't be 100% sure. After all it was over 55 years and more than 25 cars ago!), and whitewall tires. In the winter of 1961-62 my parents learned that my mother was pregnant with my older brother and reluctantly decided to trade the MGA in for a new and most definitely larger Chevrolet Biscayne.

On April 9, 2017, I purchased an Orient Red 1959 MGA in the State of Missouri. The only known number on the car was the body number 78272. After tearing down most of the MGA and after much searching, I found the chassis number (65845) stamped on the frame as well as the gearbox number (5125), differential number (28940). I then contacted BMIHT and ordered a heritage certificate. The information I received back from BMIHT was shocking, as it matches the build specs of my father's MGA exactly!!! When my MGA originally left the factory it was black with red interior, wire wheels, whitewall tires, heater, and tonneau cover. “Mildred” was completed on March 25, 1959 and left the factory on April 3rd. I’m not exactly sure, but there is a very good possibility (probably 1 in 4) that I now own the MGA that once belonged to my father!!!

Current details of “Mildred"

Chassis Number: HDA43/65845
Engine Block Castings: 1500/1H858 / 25D8
Head Castings: 1H967AF1 / 2-5-63
Rear Axle & Differential: 28940 - 10/43
Transmission: 1H3274 - P1 / A5125

Vehicle Information

Owner: Jay Gravitt   [jgravitt]
Location: Beloit, WI, USA USA
Status: Running

Model Year:1959
Build Date:1959-03-25
Original Colour:Black
Current Colour:Orient Red
Odometer:43,500 miles
Body Code:78272
Engine Type:1.5L 4 Cyl
Engine Code:15GBUH42029
Transmission:4 speed
Last Updated:2017-11-25 05:40:50


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Member Comments on Registry: 1959 MG MGA 1500   ↵
Rated 8 out of 10 based on 1 ratings
2017-09-23 20:02:37 # 44746
Thank you for that story. I'm often struck by the intriguing roles that these British sports cars have played in shaping peoples' lives. I have often wondered what happened to my 1967 MK1 B (OEW with red interior), which I sold in Westfield, NJ when I married in 1972. I waited seven years before buying a 1966 MK1 (OEW with black interior), promptly placing it in storage, where it stayed for 35 years. It's back on the road now and I'm reliving those memories.

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2017-11-25 05:40:50

Changes from 2017-11-25 05:37:53 to previous 2017-11-14 06:06:03
Engine Code 15GDUH4639 → 15GBUH42029
Changes from 2017-11-14 06:06:03 to previous 2017-06-10 06:47:20
Nickname The Ole Girl → Mildred “Millie”
Changes from 2017-06-10 06:45:16 to previous 2017-05-15 13:55:02
Mileage 54,081 → 43,500
Changes from 2017-05-11 09:01:42 to previous 2017-05-05 13:30:49
Vin HDK4365845 → HDA4365845
Changes from 2017-05-05 13:30:49 to previous 2017-05-03 21:24:33
Engine Code 15GDUH4469 → 15GDUH4639
Changes from 2017-05-03 21:24:33 to previous 2017-04-27 13:17:34
Vin HDK4365914 → HDK4365845
Mileage added   54,081
Engine Code 15GDUH4XXX → 15GDUH4469
Changes from 2017-04-27 13:17:34 to previous 2017-04-25 08:35:41
Mileage deleted   (was 43,500)
Engine Code 15GDUH4469 → 15GDUH4XXX
Changes from 2017-04-25 08:35:41 to previous 2017-04-05 22:25:26
Vin KY14968 → HDK4365914
Engine Type added   1.5L 4 Cyl
Engine Code added   15GDUH4469
Trans Type added   4 speed
Nickname Undecided → The Ole Girl

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Apr 4, 2017 Jay Gravitt  USA Added to Registry (ID 37879)

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