Lot 205 - 1980 MG Midget Mk. IV
|Result||Sold - £4,480|
First introduced by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) at Monte Carlo on 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. 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 1980 MG Midget Mk. IV (1500cc) has just been the subject of a full body restoration and is now gleaming with new paint and fitted with new wheels and tyres. The interior and soft top hood are in excellent condition and the car has been fully checked over and anything in need of replacing or repair has been done. Finished in old English white with black hood and interior this excellent MG is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in March 2016, the original handbook, photographs of the body restoration and a file of invoices. The car is ready to be used and enjoyed and is being offered at no reserve.