With their strong mechanical elements, solid construction and useful performance, few classic British sports cars are quite so practical to own today as the MGAs built from 1955 to 1962. The aim of this book is to show, in words and pictures, how MGAs altered in detail through the course of production, in order to enable owners, enthusiasts and prospective purchasers to identify the parts, finishes and equipment that are correct for their car. Color photography of outstanding specimens shows every permutation of MGA specification in remarkable detail.
Anders Ditlev Clausager was born in Denmark in 1949. He came to London in 1974 to study automotive design at the Royal College of Art and obtained his master’s degree in 1976. He spent a brief period with Volkswagen, where he designed the second-generation Polo, but came back to England in 1978, working for British Leyland at Longbridge. In 1979, he became archivist to BL Heritage, subsequently the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, and in 2000 moved to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust where he was chief archivist until 2012. In 2000 he completed a master’s degree in history at the University of Warwick. He has written or co-authored 20 books on a variety of mostly British cars, including Austin, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, MG, Mini, and Sunbeam-Talbot, but also Porsche and Volvo. He was one of four authors of the award-winning Britain’s Motor Industry The First Hundred Years. He has contributed to various magazines, and to The Guardian. Anders is well known as a motoring historian. He was a founder member of the Classic Vehicle Clubs’ Committee, which later became the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, and for several years served on the dating committee of the Veteran Car Club. Since 2009 he has been Secretary of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain, while he is also a trustee of the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust, and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. He has twice received the Bradley Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Automotive Historians. He maintains an active interest in many aspects of motoring history and is usually busy with one or more projects. He lives in Birmingham with his husband David and has only recently and reluctantly given up riding a BMW after 40 years as a motorcyclist.