|MGA Mk. II Deluxe - the best MGA was the last...*|
|In 1961 and 1962, MG produced a several hundred 'special' MGA 1600 Mk. II's. These cars were built on the same chassis as the MGA Twin Cam (adding 4 wheel disk brakes to the normal Mk. II configuration). |
They were probably produced to empty the 'parts bins' of remaining MGA Twin Cam chassis bits prior to the introduction of the MGB.
In fact, 42% of them were produced in the last 10 weeks of MGA production.
Regardless of the reason, the use of brakes identical to those used on the Jaguar E-Type resulted in a wonderful version of the MGA.
|Although now commonly known as the 'Deluxe', this was never an official MG designation. No specific model name was listed in factory literature - parts & maintenance manuals simply referred to cars with 'all round disk brakes'. |
According to a Car & Driver 'Road Research Report' in October 1961, this option added $250 to the price of the car - at a time when the entire car cost $2500. An expensive option.
A road test (left) in the May 1962 Sports Car Graphic used the 'Competition' designation - neither report used the term 'De-Luxe'.
(click the image to the left to read the road test)
|In 1965, a poster "MG's through the ages" used the term 'De-luxe' in the description of the MGA Twin Cam (below). |
This designation as apparently 'stuck' - most subsequent books on MGs have used that term.
(click the little red Deluxe to go forward...)
|* with apologies to my Twin Cam friends...|
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