1979 MG Midget 1500SOLD

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Registration No: XOK586T
Engine No: 65991
CC: 1491
Colour: Green
Trim Colour: Black
MOT: None

Reference Number 127096

as of 5/21/2011

Overview
Car 1979 MG Midget 1500
VIN GAN6217775G 
Mileage 37,000 miles 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

By the '60s, the MG Car Company had long since been absorbed into the giant British Motor Corporation (BMC). In an effort to fully capitalise on the many respected names in its care, the company embarked upon a programme of 'badge engineering', and the new MG Midget was essentially a MKII Austin Healey Sprite in a slightly different suit of clothes, and initially powered by a 948cc A-Series engine. By the time of the 1966 MKIII, the motor's capacity had increased via 1098cc to 1275cc, semi-elliptic rear springs had replaced the quarter elliptics and the front brakes were now discs. There were also wind-up windows and a superior hood. In 1972 a lower-geared Triumph steering rack was fitted, a second silencer added and the dynamo ousted in favour of an alternator. The final iteration, the MKIV, brought deformable federal bumpers allied to an increased ride height and a new engine and gearbox - the 1493cc and four-speed manual units from the Triumph Spitfire. With 66bhp now on tap, the venerable little two-seater was now capable of a genuine 100mph flat out. In christening its new small sports car 'Midget', BMC revived a name made famous by a range of pre-war MGs. Certainly Midgets, old and new, shared the same basic concept - ie they were two-seaters clothed in a simple, light body and equipped with front-mounted engines driving the rear wheels. Moreover, they had suspension and brake components etc common to other cars, making them easy to repair and cheap to service. A total of 226,001 Midgets were built between 1961 and 1979.

 

The right-hand drive MKIV MG Midget being sold was manufactured in the last year of production, 1979. It is finished in Green with a Black interior and has been fitted with a roll-over bar for added protection. It apparently comes complete with stacks of bills and old MOTs and the vendor regards the bodywork as "fair", the paintwork as "average/poor", the engine as "good" and the gearbox as "average". It is being sold without reserve and could be just the answer for anybody looking for a cost-effective first classic or the basis for a competition car.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle does not have an MOT.