Never who you ask, the answer will almost always be the same: the MGA is by far the best-looking MG roadster ever built. Introduced in 1955, it was the first of the true post-war MGs, and while there was nothing really special about the mechanics, a great part of which were borrowed from the Austin A50, it handled admirably. What caught the attention of the public the most, of course, was the design: sleek, with a pinched mid-section, round but not too round, the 1955 MG MGA was really something special. Originally produced only as an open-top roadster, it was soon followed by a coupe.
The original MGA featured a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine developing just 72 horsepower, which was enough for adequate performance. The last of the MGAs to be produced, in 1962, had a slightly bigger engine (1.6 liter) that pushed up output to 86 horsepower. Other specialty engines were occasionally offered as well, such as a twin-cam engine with 108 horsepower.
The MGA’s top speed, with the 86-horsepower engine, was 110 miles per hour, and a 0-60 acceleration in 13 seconds. Despite being relatively primitive, the suspension dealt well with the car’s weight distribution, allowing for better than average handling. The 1955 MG MGA and its successors remain well-loved cars to this day for their looks and performance.