Lot 124 - 1967 MG Midget Fast Road
|Odometer reading||18,802 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,000|
First introduced in Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) 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 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.
This little MG was first registered on 18th September, 1967 and is supplied with a photographic file detailing a thorough restoration.
The car was located in Scotland after being in storage for many years with the restoration commencing in 2014. Statements within the file comment on the car being remarkably sound. The chassis was stripped back, prepared, primed and painted in white. The body was refurbished in the winter of 2014-2015 with metal wheel arches welded in to a high standard. The engine was rebuilt with new pistons; the cylinder head was stripped and fitted with big valves. Twin 1½ inch SU carburettors were fully reconditioned on a new manifold along with a new stainless steel big bore exhaust manifold fitted. The front suspension was rebuilt with new bushes, springs etc along with the brakes. To keep the black interior looking as fresh as it is, a black hood and tonneau cover are supplied.
Various old MoT test certificates and bills as well as many invoices for parts for the restoration are included in the file along with a clear HPI certificate, V5 document and the aforementioned photographic record of works carried out. Beautifully presented and looking purposeful with the wider arches and rebuilt engine under the bonnet, this fast road specification pocket rocket offers the enthusiast a whole lot of fun in a compact, nimble package.
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.