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BOOKS FOR YOUR MGA - page 5
TECH-REF & COFFEE TABLE BOOKS:
"Original MGA: The Restorer's Guide"
by Anders Ditlev Clausager
(0760314500) - paperback, 128 pgs, 250 glossy color pictures. Reissue of original 1993 hardcover book. Previous ISBN 1-870979-31-1. May be available either hard cover or softbound.
Highly recommended reference book.
The definitive guide to one of Britain's best-loved sports cars. Indispensable for owners, restorers, buyers and enthusiasts. Drawing from factory records, parts lists and catalogs, as well as the accumulated knowledge of respected restorers and dedicated enthusiasts, this book provides the most comprehensive survey of the MGA ever published. Guide to maintaining 100% originality. Superb color photographs show body, interior, and mechanical details in factory-original condition. Includes serial and engine numbers, paint, trim, options, technical features, and production changes by car number and date. Not only solid information, but also a great coffee table book for when friends drop in. Available in multiple languages, including German with "Das Original MGA".
"Call It MGA" by Roger Martin and Piers Hubbard, 2004
Published by The MGA Register, The M.G. Car Club Limited
Hardbound, 8-1/4" x 11-3/4", 112 pgs, 250+ ill.
A comprehensive following of 50 years of the history and character of the model from pre-production concepts and prototypes through modern day activities. This includes many stories of special cars and special people and the way the cars have been used (and abused) over the decades. At times the cars were near orphans with low value, so it is a wonder how so many of them have survived and are still with us today. The book pays tribute to the unique character of this particular model and the reasons why people find them so endearing. It covers variants and modified cars, the motor sport efforts of works cars and privateers, a myriad of speed records and competition titles, and distribution of the cars around the world.
Second edition, on sale June 15, 2015, for the 60th anniverary of the model. Many newly discovered facts together with the evolving stories from the past 10 years. Now in a larger full colour format, three new chapters. 297 x 240mm. A limited run of 251 to be numbered and signed by the authors
"D.O.H.C., Test Run at Lime Rock." by David Ash - Safety Fast Editions, Inc, CD 14:48 Minutes
A great period marketing film transferred to DVD. David "Mr. MG" Ash puts a brand new MGA Twin Cam (the first from the factory) through its paces at the famous Lime Rock race track in Spring 1959. Competition driving tips and a neat little piece of history. One of 150 copies made (and this one is signed by David Ash).
30 copies left, as of 26-Jul-05. Contact: Michael Eaton
Also see article TC-107-505 about the car that was used for this filimg exercise.
"Earning the American Dream" by Gordon Whitby
Hardbound 8.5" x 10.75", 340 pages, color/B&W, pub Apr 2009 (first 100 copies were softbound no longer available).
A 16-year employee of the Los Angeles BMC distributorship as well as only American race mechanic for BMC's 1950s record speed runs at Bonneville Salt Flats, Gordon Whitby gives an overview of the motor industry of that era with loads of pictures. The book contains copies of letters and technical information between Syd Enever and the author not found elsewhere.
See full page review from "North American Classic MG magazine". The books can be personally autographed by the author. Available at classicmgmagazine.com. Shipping usually within 24 hours. All profits donated to cancer research. For any queries e-mail the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Essential MG" by Graham Robson. (All MG, not just MGA)
Hard cover, 160 pgs, 10-3/4" x 11-3/4", 180 color and 45 b/w photos - Motorbooks International - ISBN: 0760320039.
Covering the complete history of the MG marque – from its formation in 1922 to present day. Includes developments in style, increases in power, and its history in racing and speed trials. Full engineering and performance specifications - Competition success and production statistics.
"Gold Portfolio MGA & Twin Cam 1955-62" by R.M. Clarke.
Published by Brooklands. Softbound, 8-1/2" x 11", 180 pgs, 300 ill.
Road tests, performance, technical data, racing, historical profiles, and more. Over 50 articles reprinted from several leading automotive journals.
"Me and My MG: Stories from MG Owners Around the World" by Gordon Thorburn - (all MG, not just MGA)
Published by Remember When (21 July 2011), Hardcover, 224 pages.
Each of these, has a story. All the stories are different, but the story tellers have something in common. They would all rather love - and sometimes despair of - a wonderful vehicle with faults in its character, than have no feelings about one that has no character at all.
"MG MGA 1955-1962" by R. M. Clarke
(ISBN: 0-906589-97-5 / 0906589975)
Published by Brooklands. Softbound, 8" x 10 3/4", 102 pages. B&W.
This book covers MGA's from 1955 to 1962. There are Reprints of articles and road tests from The Motor, Autocar, Sports Cars Illustrated, Sports Car World, and more. There are cutaway drawings and illustrations.
Not specifically about MGA but written by the man who owned and drove the car on the cover. This book is an impression of MG personalities and MG cars by an MG enthusiast par excellence who has known them all and driven most of them. Read about early MG development and racing from the beginning up to the early 80's. It includes over 200 black and white photographs most of which have never been published before.
"MG Past & Present" by A.F. Rivers Fletcher
First Edition: ISBN-13: 9780856140747 ISBN: 0856140740
7"x10" Hardcover, 240 pp, 200+ B&W photos
Published by Gentry Book, England, 1981.
2nd Edition: ISBN: 0854294252 9780854294251 - OCLC: 15221791
Publisher: Sparkford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset; Newbury Park, Calif., USA : Haynes, 1985.
The book is posted here because the cover car is a notable works development car. It was recently offered for sale at a rather high asking price, but the author of this book seems to have a different opinion about the value of the car (at time of writing).
"MG Twin Cam - The First 50 Years"
Launched to commemorate the Twin Cam’s Golden anniversary, this 96 page publication focuses on experiences of well known MG personnel. The meticulously researched book includes previously unseen factory documentation and leading Twin Cam specialists are also featured. Contributions have come in from all parts of the World covering engineering aspects, owners’ experiences, famous competition cars and the history of the Twin Cam in far flung locations.
Available from MG Car Club, UK
"MGA 1500, 1600, Twin Cam" by F. Wilson McComb
Osprey Autohistory series, pub. 1983 - hardback with dust jacket - 180mm x 210mm, 136 pages - This is a detailed and well illustrated history of the MGA models including their racing and rallying. There is a colour section in the centre of the book. Not primarily a technical treatise. It examines the car's development and the men responsible for it from the viewpoint of one who himself employed at Abingdon. Having also raced an MGA and owned another for road use. each with appropriate 'mods'.
Osprey Expert Histories - Paperback: 144 pages - Motorbooks International; 2Rev Ed edition (June 5, 2000) - Language: English - ISBN-10: 1841760129 - ISBN-13: 9781841760124
"MGA: a History and Restoration Guide" by Robert P Vitrikas
Chronicles the development and competition history of the MGA with a special section on restoration with advice from experience restorers. 240 pages, profusely illustrated with 260+ illustrations, B/W.
"MGA Restoration Guide" by Malcolm Green
(ISBN: 1 85520 302 2)
Detailed information on restoring bodywork, chassis, engine and trim, etc. plus production changes, colour schemes and history. Covering 1500, Twin Cam, 1600 & 1600 Mk. II Roadsters, and Coupes from 1955-62. 160 pages, many illustrations included colours
"MGA Roadsters 1955-1962" by Brooklands
The most comprehensive Brooklands title on the MGA. Eight road tests are included in 35 articles. Other stories cover driving reports, new model introductions, record breaking and comparison tests. Models covered are the roadster, coupe, EX 179, 181,182, plus t 1600, MKII, and Twin-Cam. 104 pgs., well ill.
"MGAs at Le Mans 1955" by Brian Moylan (11.3-MB pdf)
"MGA: The Complete Story" by David Styles
(1861264666) Sftbd, 192 pgs, 150 b&w & color ill.
This book relates the full history of this enduringly popular car. Topics covered include: the complete history of all MGA versions; full technical specifications for each model; details of the cars' racing fortunes; and advice on buying and maintaining an MGA.
Issue 2005 - A4 softbound 16 pages with photos.
Story of the MG EX-182 cars being built and raced at Le Mans in 1955. These are the direct predecessors to production MGA. They were intended to run in the production class until production was delayed, then switched to run in the prototype class.
Available direct from Brian Moylan, 29 Abingdon Road, Drayton, Oxon, OX14 4HW. Email brianmoylan(at)waitrose.com or telephone 077813 553683. He only produced 250 copies, so it is unlikely that any remain available. You may find a scanned image copy here (11.3-MB pdf).
"M.G.s on Patrol", The MG Police cars and the Men and Women Who Used Them - by Andrea Green
ISBN 10: 0951942379, ISBN 13: 9780951942376 - First edition, 1999, MGA on cover, hard cover, 80 pages, Magna Press, long out of print, very expensive used.
ISBN 10: 0954312120, ISBN 13: 9780954312121 - Second (revised) edition, MGB on the cover. Paper-back, 150 pages, Magna Press, published 7 July 2011, containing many additional pictures.
Covering the history of MG cars used by U.K. pliice forces from the 18/80 Tourer bought by Brighton Borough Police in June 1930 to end of production at Abingdon in 1980, as well as touching on the MG Maestros and Montegos of the 1980s. Andrea notes the reasons and the roles, listing all MGs known to have been used by the police in this time.
"No. 52: Restoring A Sebring Icon" - A two part full length DVD.
Part 1 (1 hour) covers the entire restoration of the 1962 MGA Sebring Coupe "From British Racing Rust to British Racing Green" in four months. Part 2 (1/2 hour) covers the return of No.52 to Sebring. The crew prepares the car for it's first race in forty years. The DVD is $15.00 + $3.85 shipping ($18.85 total). If you are interested, e-mail Hugh Burruss III
"Papa's Little Blue Car" by Steve Mitchell
Two curious grandkids take a whimsical look at old car collecting. The grandkids have questions about Papa’s little blue car. They don’t know if they believe his stories about shrinking cars or how his little blue car (nicknamed LBJ) got its name. If you enjoy working on and driving antique cars, this is great book to introduce your kids or grandkids to your hobby.
"Pay It Yourself" by George Dutton
This book documents the fascinating tale of the 1960 Le Mans class winning twin cam MGA "SRX 210". The car failed to finish in 1959 when it hit a large dog and suffered terminal damage to gearbox cooling. In 1960 it finished first in class and twelfth overall. "Pay-it-Yourself" documents the story in an entertaining scrapbook style and comes complete with some great footage on a DVD.
See scene by scene analysis of the two short films, (total 49:20 minutes).
Copies are available from Paul Goodman, 36, Deva Close, Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 1HH, pay cheques to "MG Car Club North West Centre LTD". The books are (were) priced at £25, signed by Colin Escott (limited number all sold now) or £22.50 unsigned and £3 p&p to the UK. Postage is £6 to Europe, £10 rest of world. For any queries email Paul Goodman.
|"Resurrection" by Manard's Garage (DVD)
HDC43/ 10106 was the first MGA out of Abingdon, the first left hand drive and first in the USA. "ETHOL", gets a frame off restoration shot entirely with premium broadcast quality. "Resurrection" answers some questions about the early MGA's that the books don't even ask. This DVD is available through the Maynard's Garage web site.
"Standard Guide to British Sports Cars" by John Gunnell
ISBN: 0-87349-757-0 -- Library of Congress: 2004100741
Soft cover, 224pp, lots of glossy pictures. 21 pages on MGs 1945-1980 plus the 1994-2003 MGR(V8), but no MGF. This appears to be all post war, sports cars only, no sedans. As usual, there will be a few you haven't seen before.
John Gunnell extends this special offer to visitors to this web site.
"This book is normally $25 plus shipping. I will sell it to any of your website users for $20 plus $3 shipping. They can email me at email@example.com and just say "MGA Guru sent me." Or they can send a check or money order to:
John Gunnell, PO Box 87, Iola, WI 54945"
"The Essential Buyer's Guide MG MGA" by Roy Crosier & David Sear
Not yet in print (in stock May 2013). ISBN: 978-1-845843-91-5. Paperback, 19.5x13.9cm, 64 pages, 100 pictures. Veloce Publishing.
Advice on choosing the right model and condition, and discussion about potential ownership costs. Practicality and comfort are considered, allowing you to assess suitability for touring, and issues of legality, originality and roadworthiness are also raised. Key checks, how to spot a bad car quickly, comprehensive inspection guide
With 100 pictures in only 64 pages, I wonder how much text information can be included. Must be better than a magazine article.
On 9/30/2013 -0600, Jeff Allen in Chesterfield, Mo wrote:
"It is written for folks new to the old car hobby and the MGA. It is a good starter book for that group. It contains generic old-car buying advice and useful info on MGA cars. However, there is a glaring error on page 8 where they state that the 1600 model was the most numerous model produced. I would say if you want a book to help you determine how original a car is, Clausager"s "Original MGA" is more useful. But, if you want a basic introduction to the old car hobby and MGAs, this little book will be of help".
"The MG Companion" by Kenneth Ullyett
Hardcover, 168 pages - First Edition 1960
Hardcover, 176 pages - Second Edition 1965 (revised)
(The second edition should contain some details of early MGB)
Pub: Stanley Paul; (ASIN: B0000CKT3B)
From the dustwrapper: "If you own an M.G. of any type, from 'Old Number One' of the 1920's, the classic Midget of the 'thirties, to the present-day models, you will get more pleasure and better service from it with the aid of The M.G. Companion. This revised edition includes details in text and pictures of the newest models on the market today. If you do not own an M.G., or own no car at all, but simply like to day-dream about high-grade sports and racing cars, you will find The M.G. Companion fascinating reading. If you love motoring stories, you can read how a British team achieved victory with M.G. in the Mille Miglia, and how the Italian ace Tazio Nuvolari drove a Magnette to greet the chequered flag in the Ulster T.T. The M.G. Companion tells the behind-the scenes stories of Captain G. E. T. Eyston and Lieutenant-Colonel 'Goldie' Gardner in their World Record attempts with the M.G. It gives, for the very first time, un disclosed facts about the life and work of the immortal Cecil Kimber, 'Kim', who helped Viscount Nuffield to make M.G. a marque of world importance. And if you are chiefly concerned with making your M.G. run better, faster, even safer, you will treasure the Workshop Manual hints, factory approved. They cover not only the M.G.A. and Magnette, 1500, 1600 and Twin-Cam, but also the older models, for which helpful maintenance and 'souping' hints are given, with many valuable diagrams and photographs."
Click for mult-page preview (4.5-MB pdf document).
"The MGA 'First of the new line'" by John Price Williams (1903706564)
Softback, 160 pgs, color & B/W, pub July 2002
This new book is the definitive study, for the author has gone back to factory records and to the people who worked on the car in the 'fifties, to find out how it was conceived, manufactured and marketed. Here is the real story of the MGA's engineering, body styling and every aspect of the car's development and production - including MG's strategy to beat its competitors.
In seven years of production, there were major successes and sad disappointments. The MGA was the car that was "right first time" and though the Twin Cam variant was a nightmare for the factory, it is now the most sought after model.
CHAPTERS: The fight to put the MGA on the road; the Le Mans prototypes; the body and chassis engineering; the engine development; making the MGA; how it was received; performance comparisons; the coupé; the Twin Cam - trials and tribulations; the 1600 and the 1600 MkII models; competition history; "secret MGAs"; the North American success story; restoration notes, and more.
"The Works MGs:" by Mike Allison & Peter Browning
"In Pre-war and Post-war Races, Rallies, Trials and Record-breaking"
The story of all the MGs prepared and entered by the MG Car Company in international competition events, ranging from the trials of the mid-20s and pre-war racing and record breaking, to the post-war achievements of cars entered in races and rallies by the BMC Competitions Department.