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Registry: 1957 MG MGA 1500 Coupe

Jim Cheatham's Gold Member 1957 MG MGA 1500 Coupe
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  • Photo taken near Maymont Park in Richmond, VA by Adam Lewis

  • Photo taken near Maymont Park in Richmond, VA by Adam Lewis

  • Picking up MGA in Queens, NY

  • New interior from Heritage Upholstery & Trim

  • Showing my grandson what Im working on.

  • Original Hardura spare tire cover. LED taillights.

This was a relatively complete car when I bought it. It came with some parts that were acquired by the previous owners most notably a complete rear glass set that I will keep as a spare. Plans are to do a complete restoration and bring it back to its original specs (i.e. paint color and interior trim) with a few upgrades.

June 2, 2017 - After four years of hard work, the restoration is finished. This has been a fun and sometimes frustrating experience but I am pleased with the results. I have taken this car through a ground-up restoration over the last 4 years restoring it to its original Mineral Blue color with gray carpet and trim. Mineral Blue was a Coupe-only color for 1500 MGA Coupes. It left the factory fitted with wire wheels, a heater, an adjustable steering column, whitewall tires, and a windscreen washer.
The records I received when I purchased this car indicate that it has not been registered for the road for 45 years (1972). I have restored this car to keep its appearance as close to original as possible but have made some upgrades to make it safer and more drivable on today’s modern highways. Upgrades include front disc brake conversion, sway bar, 3-main 1800 engine, 5-speed, aluminum radiator and LED brake lights. I've also added fog lights and a badge bar. The wire wheels I chose are chrome rather than painted.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Jim Cheatham Gold Member   [3066james]
Location: Amelia, VA, USA USA
Status: Running

Model Year:1957
Build Date:1957-05-29
Original Colour:Mineral Blue
Current Colour:Mineral Blue
Odometer:35,000 miles
Engine Type:1500 cc (1800 3-main now)
Transmission:4 Speed (5-speed now)
Last Updated:2017-06-06 22:36:28


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Member Comments on Registry: 1957 MG MGA 1500 Coupe   ↵
Rated 10 out of 10 based on 7 ratings
2013-11-13 19:32:21 # 12865
Comment by Ian Morris
Nice starting point. Will come up good.
2016-01-05 10:36:10 # 31326
Comment by Gary Brown
Rating: 10/10
Jim, the coupe is looking super. Love it! What's color/colors will you have for the interior?
2016-01-05 10:51:36 # 31327
Comment by Jim Cheatham
Thanks Gary! Light grey carpet and upholstery/trim except for the parcel shelf, top of the dash and the dash trim toll which are dark blue. This is the color combination it left the factory with. I hope to drive it to Louisville for MG2016 but if it's not ready, I'm going in my MGB. are you going?
2016-01-05 11:14:09 # 31330
Comment by Gary Brown
That color combo will look great. You know I love the white walls! Hope to make it to Louisville if the back and hip hold out. The body on the C is holding up better than mine!!
2016-01-05 12:56:11 # 31334
Comment by Jim Cheatham
Gary,I added a picture of my restored dash.Jim
2017-08-01 23:15:40 # 43967
Comment by Richard Glass
I need to of the sun visor brackets. Not worried about making them. I purchased extra headliner material. My wife would kill me if only I had one. I'm from Long Island and my first MGA was purchased from someone in queens in the mid to late 70's . They had a large yard filled with MG etc. I think it was by LaQuardia airport if I remember correct. Could that be where you purchased your Coupe?
2017-09-21 21:26:44 # 44719
Comment by Richard Glass
Jim We spoke before and I'm hoping your the person who turned me onto someone who you got one sun visor bracket from. I spoke to them and they were going to the UK and would bring some back. I misplaced their telephone number. By chance do you have that number.?
2017-11-08 17:04:38 # 45812
Comment by Chris McMillin
Rating: 10/10
Fabulous looking MGA!
2017-11-09 15:43:33 # 45828
Comment by bobby galvez
Rating: 10/10
Wow! Beautifully done. Having the picture of the car on the trailer brings home how much work you did.
2017-11-09 15:56:46 # 45829
Comment by Richard Glass
Rating: 10/10
Just finished the body of my 1958 MGA Coupe Mineral Blue Still need to swap out the transmission since my downshift syncro isn't any good plus a few glitches with the led tail lights .

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2017-06-06 22:36:28

Changes from 2017-06-06 22:32:41 to previous 2015-12-07 16:50:13
Status Restoration in progress → Running
Changes from 2015-12-07 16:50:13 to previous 2014-08-19 15:49:28
Engine Type 1500 cc → 1500 cc (1800 3-main now)
Trans Type 4 Speed → 4 Speed (5-speed now)

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Mar 16, 2013 Jim Cheatham  USAGold Member Added to Registry (ID 20521)

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