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MG MGA 1600 Mk I

(1959 model)

Brief specs of 1959 MG MGA 1600 Mk I

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1588 cm3 / 96.9 cu in / 96.9 cu in, 58.2 kW / 78.0 hp / 78.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 163 km/h / 101 mph / 101 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)MGIssued from1959
ModelMGA 1600 Mk IIssued until
SerieMGANumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerMGCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3962 mm / 156.0 in / 156.0 inTotal (curb) weight927 kg / 2044 lb / 2044 lb
Width1473 mm / 58.0 in / 58.0 inDry weight
Height1270 mm / 50.0 in / 50.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2388 mm / 94.0 in / 94.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1216 mm / 47.9 in / 47.9 inTowing weight
Track rear1238 mm / 48.7 in / 48.7 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance152 mm / 6.0 in / 6.0 inFuel capacity46 l / 10.0 UK gal / 12.0 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.66  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.59 m2 / 17.1 sq ft / 17.1 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerMGValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore75.4 mm / 2.97 in / 2.97 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke88.9 mm / 3.50 in / 3.50 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.85
Fuel supply2 SU carbsEngine displacement1588 cm3 / 96.9 cu in / 96.9 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity397.00 cm3/cylinder / 24.226 cu in/cylinder / 24.226 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio8.3 : 1
SumpMax. output power58.2 kW / 78.0 hp / 78.0 hp at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque at
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)22.2 kW / 29.7 hp / 29.7 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output36.6 kW/l / 0.805 bhp/cu in / 0.805 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.3

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)10.30 s / 10.30 s / 10.30 sTop (maximal) speed163 km/h / 101 mph / 101 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)14.20 s / 14.20 s / 14.20 sPower-to-weight ratio84.1 kW/ton / 63.8 bhp/ton / 63.8 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinionSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle9.3 m / 30.5 ft / 30.5 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springs, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm)Suspension rearLive axle, Semi-elliptic leaf springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front5.60-15Tyres rear5.60-15
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of MG MGA 1600 Mk I

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