Lot 349 - 1977 MG Midget 1500
|Odometer reading||41,057 miles|
|Result||Sold - £2,800|
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 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.
Supplied by Enterprise Garage in Sleaford on 1st April 1977, this MG Midget presents in good order having had restoration work carried out on her including the fitment of two new front wings and a full repaint; photographic evidence is supplied in the comprehensive history folder. During our inspection, the 1491cc engine started immediately when requested and ran smoothly with no adverse rattles or noises. We are advised this Midget drives well with no known faults. Supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 17th July 2018 together with the original British Leyland service book and a tonneau cover, the mileage of 38,021 is believed to be correct. With excellent support through various clubs, these interesting MG’s are easily maintained and is offered for sale without reserve.
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