Lot 327 - 1976 MG Midget Mk. IV
|Estimate||£2,000 - £4,000|
|Result||Sold - £3,248|
First introduced at Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) on the 20th May 1958 and intended as a low-cost model, the Sprite was designed by the Donald Healey Motor Company, which received a royalty payment from the manufacturers BMC. The low cost of £669 was achieved by using a mildly tuned version of the A Series engine and as many other components from existing cars as possible. Manufactured at the MG sports car factory at Abingdon, it was not surprising that the success of the design would lead to an MG version, which was known as the Midget. The final version of the Austin Healey Sprite arrived in 1966, as the Mk IV. The new model now used a twin carburettor 1275cc version of the proven A Series engine which it shared with other BMC models such as the Mini Cooper S. Another major improvement was the addition of a folding hood; previous models consisted of a separate hood cover and frame. In 1969 a 'British Leyland' makeover was applied to the Sprite, consisting of matt black paint on the sills, Rostyle wheels and a plastic front grill. In 1974, to meet US federal regulations, large black plastic bumpers were added to the front and rear and the ride height was increased; an anti-roll bar was added to help with the higher centre of gravity. The A-Series engine was replaced by the 1493cc unit from the Triumph Spitfire. The last car was manufactured on 7th December 1979, after 73,899 of the final version had been produced.
This very tidy 1976 registered MG Midget has only had four owners from new and has covered just 64,112 miles. Much recent work has been carried out including a replacement gearbox, new exhaust and a full service. The car has also recently been repainted in Bracken yellow. The interior is excellent save for a small split in the seam of the driver's seat and is complete with a full tonneau. This Midget drives very well and will come with a fresh MoT and is reluctantly for sale due to the imminent arrival of a baby. MG Midgets are becoming hard to find; such a good example as this is a rare opportunity to purchase a very useable, affordable British classic.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.