MG, The MGA and Testing Their Brake Pads

Sports car enthusiasts will be all too familiar with British company MG, the MGA, MGB and the popularity of these vehicles, which were designed and shipped nearly sixty years ago. These cars had a large impact on the way sports cars are designed today, especially as they broke with traditional designs and paved the way for what would become modern sports vehicles in the 2000’s Today, we’ll explore the manufacturer, the vehicles themselves, and take a closer look at the replacement costs of brake pads for the MGA all these years later. 

About MG: The Manufacturer of the MGA Sports Car

Started nearly 100 years ago in the early 1920’s by a man named Cecil Kimber, MG took its name as an abbreviation of “Morris Garages”. Within the span of a few short years, MG became well known for its two-seat open sports cars, which included a world renowned T-type, which was popularised around the world in the 1940’s. With a few changes in ownership since, it has continued to be a popular supplier of popular sports cars, never wavering on design and quality. It’s worth mentioning one of the world’s most famous sports cars, the MGB, which was produced in the 60’s and the 70’s, as well as the MGA, which laid a certain foundation and was in its production cycle slightly before that.

The Popularity of MGA Sports Cars

The MGA was produced between 1955 and 1962, representing a complete change in styling from their earlier sports cars. Launched at the Frankfurt motor show, it sold over 100 000 units through to the end of production. A large percentage of these were exported to other countries (only roughly 600 were sold domestically), hence the growing international popularity of the series, which set the stage for MG’s top selling sports car, the MGB, which saw better sales figures locally in Britain. The lower sales figures during production has made it somewhat of a rare find in the UK, ultimately increasing the value of the vehicle itself and making it subsequently harder to source parts in modern times.

Sourcing MGA Brake Pads in 2020

If you’re curious about MGA Brake Pads and what they would cost to be replaced these days, we’re happy to let you know that it will likely be a less expensive exercise than you imagined. Retailing online for $60 to $85 (roughly R800 to R1200), your biggest problem will be trying to find a supplier that won’t charge you an arm and a leg in shipping fees. These parts are relatively hard to come by to begin with, and as you can imagine, are specific to the car itself, which makes it a little more of a challenge. 

If you get stuck it may be time to talk to a specialist about it. Safety Brake & Clutch is a good place to start, and even if they’re not able to help supply you with the part, they’ll certainly be able to point you in the right direction. With the advancements of modern technology, you may also be able to get away with newer components, but be sure to talk to them about it, before you make your purchasing decision.