1974 MG Midget 1275 Track Prepared

Highlights


  • Competition-ready
  • Excellent bodywork and hardtop
  • Comprehensive recommission by MG specialist

The Appeal


Introduced in 1961, the original (Mk.I) MG Midget was an affordable sports car, based largely on the Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite.  The Mk.II came along in 1964, with only minor cosmetic changes, but it was the Mk.III version, produced from 1966-74, that introduced the 1275cc engine, and it’s the ‘round-arch’ Mk.III with chrome bumpers, made from 1972 to 1974 (as this example) that is widely considered the car’s best iteration.

A classic British roadster, it's the Midget’s small size and light weight that makes it such fun to drive; this one has been fully prepared for competition use, and used accordingly. It’s offered for sale by an MG specialist, who, on re-acquiring the car, carried out their extensive pre-sale checks and maintenance. Consequently, the new owner can be reassured that the car is ‘on the button’ and ready to be used and enjoyed.  

The History and Paperwork


  • MoT- and tax-exempt, but has an MoT valid until September 2023
  • Lots of previous MoT certificates
  • HPI check
  • Thick folder of invoices

RAM 446 M was first registered in June 1974. It’s offered for sale by an MG specialist garage in Berkshire, having purchased the car back from a previous owner who had bought it from them in 2016, when it was a regular Midget. He then had the car prepared for competition, and has used it in sprint and hill-climb events in the UK and overseas – as evidenced by the numerous scrutineering tags and stickers.

There’s a reassuringly thick file of paperwork, including numerous previous MoT certificates, and invoices for work carried out.  

The Interior


  • Sparco race seat
  • Original dashboard and dials
  • Roll cage
  • FIA-approved race harnesses

The Midget’s small size made for a compact and spartan interior, and this one is no exception. With few concessions to luxury, this is a race-ready interior, with a Sparco driver’s race seat and a period bucket seat for the passenger, complete with FIA-approved harnesses. Nonetheless that race seat is firm and supportive, and the three-point harnesses give a great feeling of security. The original seats can also be supplied with the car. 

There are no carpets, only functional rubber mats, but the dashboard and dials all look to be original and are in great condition. Beneath the rubber mats, both footwells have some superficial rust. The doorcards are good and have been fitted with modern lightweight window-winders and pull-handles. 

The boot is clean and tidy, and the car comes with a spare wheel, its carpet cover, and a jack, although these were not in the boot when we took the photos. 

The hard-top has a glass-fibre lining which, like much of the rest of the car, is adorned with stickers from the numerous motorsport events in which it’s taken part. 

The Exterior 


  • Smart red paintwork
  • Black hardtop with glass-fibre lining
  • Front bumper supplied
  • Hood frame supplied but no hood
  • Lights, brightwork in great condition 

Although originally yellow, the car has clearly been relatively recently resprayed, as the red paintwork is in fantastic condition, with no evidence of rust. The only visible damage is a small chip behind the driver’s door, presumably where the harness buckle has caught this. 

Similarly, the works-style hardtop is in great condition, and has clearly been left attached for competition use. There’s a rather unsightly band of black tape across the front of the hardtop, presumably to cut down wind noise. 

The car is supplied with a hood frame but there’s no hood, but a new one should be readily obtainable. 

The front bumper is currently missing but is supplied with the car, while the rear bumper is in good condition with some patina evident. All four wheels are in good condition but have some evidence of corrosion, while the (Michelin) tyres all have plenty of tread.

The Mechanics 


  • 1275cc engine
  • Starts and runs beautifully
  • Recently rolling-road tuned 
  • Steering and brakes recently refreshed
  • New rear springs 

Although the starter-motor initially sounds a bit hesitant, it soon springs into life and the car runs with a healthy note. We were fortunate to be able to drive the car to our photo location, and it accelerates well, gearchanges are neat and precise, and the low driving position gives an impression of rapid progress even at modest (and legal) speeds. 

The car’s previous owner has recently had it subject to a rolling-road test and the car was tuned accordingly, giving a significant increase in power compared to ‘standard’ tune. 

The vendor is an established MG specialist and when they acquired the car it was subject to an extensive and detailed inspection and refurbishment. At retail costs, this would have amounted to almost £4000 worth of work; this means that the new owner can be confident that the car is ‘sorted’. 

Under the bonnet, everything looks to be in good order and the car has clearly been well looked after. Underneath the car, the exhaust looks to be a recent item and there’s no evidence of corrosion or of leaks. 

Summary


As anyone who has done the job will testify, converting a road car into a track car is an expensive, complicated and time-consuming business. On this great-looking Midget, the work has been done for you and it’s ready to go. 

Leaving aside this car’s racing spec, the Midget is an established British classic car, with outstanding parts availability and specialist support, which make it a usable and practical proposition. However the new owner wishes to use this car, it’s in fine fettle and ready to be enjoyed on the road or in the competition environment. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1974
  • Make MG
  • Model Midget 1275 Competition Ready
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 35,864 Miles
  • Engine size 1275
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Reading
  • Location Berkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
19 bids
  • jason.j•••• £7,000 27/11/22
  • henry-s•••• £6,600 27/11/22
  • master.•••• £6,500 27/11/22
  • henry-s•••• £6,100 27/11/22
  • master.•••• £6,000 27/11/22
  • henry-s•••• £5,600 27/11/22
  • jason.j•••• £5,500 26/11/22
  • henry-s•••• £5,000 26/11/22
  • master.•••• £4,000 26/11/22
  • MonkeyR•••• £3,400 25/11/22

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