MG Midget 1500 

 

This is a wonderful example of the iconic MG Midget that has covered 94,000 miles.. This one has formerly been professionally fully restored to a very high standard and has a vast history folder that tells the story.

The highly glossy paintwork is in wonderful order and looks great against the unmarked black hood and interior. The engine, gearbox, brakes and suspension feel as fresh as when this car rolled off the production line….the drive is outstanding.

The car is a cut above the average MG Midget of the era to the outstanding condition and the feel of a fully professionally restored car.

The car comes with a fresh MOT and is ready to delight the next lucky owner.

We have seen many Midgets in our time and that means we know when we see and drive a very good one. This will not disappoint in anyway.

Please get in touch to arrange a viewing of this special little British sports car. We offer a trade in service and can also arrange delivery at very competitive rates.

We are based in the North Hampshire countryside and located just 10 minutes from both the M3 at Basingstoke or the A34 Whitchurch. Overton railway station is a 5 minute walk away.

 

Some further reading on the Midget Mk IV

In 1974 a new and, as it turned out, final version of the Midget arrived. It was known as the Mk IV although it was officially still the Mark III. This car was equipped with the 1493cc, four-cylinder, pushrod, OHV engine from its rival the Spitfire, which also provided the transmission. As with many large groups, rationalisation was now the name of the game for British Leyland. Furthermore, it was becoming increasingly difficult to make the A-series engine meet the required exhaust emission standards and still develop enough power, whereas this was easier with the larger-capacity Triumph unit. The bigger engine, capable of producing 66bhp, improved the Midgets performance significantly, making a top speed in excess of 100mph easily attainable.

Along with the new engine and transmission came what many saw as less desirable changes. One of these was the introduction of the “rubber-bumpers” which were designed to meet US crash test legislation. These added considerably to the weight of the car, but were sculpted such that the car was still instantly recognisable as a Midget.

Furthermore, to ensure that the bumpers were at the correct height, it was necessary to raise the ride height of the car by a couple of inches. This obviously had the effect of reducing the roll stiffness at the rear, but contrary to popular belief the cars handling was not really impaired by these modifications.

 

The Midget continued to sell well in its Mk IV form with only minor alterations until it was finally dropped in 1979. Many mourned its passing, but in truth it had come to the end of its line and the resources had not been made available to develop a successor.

The Midget had grown old gracefully from its Mk I original through to the Mk III successor, but it needed replacement at that juncture, when the design was 20 years old. Further development on the same chassis would have been doomed for any manufacturer, and it is a pity that more resources were not made available for sports car design back in 1970’s

Of this the second dynasty of Midgets, many of them (nearly 230,000 were produced) still provide their owners with the type of no-nonsense enjoyment experienced by their predecessors who bought MG’s original Midget the M-Type around 70 years ago. Through their enthusiasm the MG legend will live on.

 

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