I'm kind of a TR guy myself but the A's hold a special place in my heart.
Back in the late 50's, when I was mere lad, my brother owned an XK140 and a TD... belonged to the local "furrin car club" and I got to ride along on many fun rallies, trips to Road America and other activities. Some of those excursions were in a black '58 MGA roadster.
My starter wife and I owned a '73 MGB for several years and she kept it after our split. She now has a '57 A coupe in light blue...
Good luck with the project.