Lot 159 - 1976 MG Midget
|Sold - £2,576
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, 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 1976 registered MG Midget has only had five documented owners and has just 64,350 miles recorded upon the odometer. Finished in the colour of Bracken Yellow, we are informed that this example presents well and comes with a useful tonneau cover as well as its soft top. Recent works have included an overhauled cylinder head with unleaded fuel conversion, rectification of a differential oil leak and an MoT test certificate, valid until March 2018 with no advisories. Offered without reserve, this MG Midget represents an affordable and useable British classic.
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