This MGA is the only known surviving car from the 1959 MGA Sebring team. The 1959 MGA Team represented the MG Car Company's first factory prepared 'Works' entries at Sebring. MG's General Manager, John Thornley was on hand with works team manager Marcus Chambers to oversee the race. Gus Ehrman and Ray Saidel piloted the car to a 2nd in class finish. After Sebring, the car was sold to Leon Mandel of Autoweek fame and was immediately driven to California. Leon entered the car at the Tracy Airport Races in 1959. Shortly thereafter, the car was sold and lost for decades.
The current owners tracked the car down in a field in California. Although found in derelict condition, fortunately the car retained all its factory works modifications from Sebring and the spare tire even retained its original Dunlop racing tire.
The car has just completed a full restoration to its 1959 Sebring specifications.