1975 MG Midget Convertible

Highlights


  • Carefully maintained with few miles since older restoration 
  • Well presented and very smart looking car
  • Usable classic and gives access to superb MG owners scene 
  • Tax and MOT exempt 

The Background


Evolved out of Austin Healey's cheeky 'Frogeye' Sprite, the Midget endured through a long production run thanks to its simple, durable and entertaining charms. As such it has been a key part of many classic motorists' motorised histories and good examples remain in strong demand.

Just like its big brother MGB, MG wisely saw fit to little change the Midget during its life.  There was a switch to Triumph power for the final cars, plus of course rubber bumpers, but otherwise the last cars are much the same as those delicate early examples.

This enthusiasm is also no-doubt fuelled by the sheer ease of owning these stylish little cars. Alongside superb and inexpensive parts supply is a club and ownership scene that is second to none. Buying one of these cars is not just rewarding in and of itself, but for the social network it immediate provides.  

This lovely Snapdragon Yellow Mk4 1500 demonstrates why a good Midget is such a fantastic buy. Lovingly maintained by its few owners - one of whom kept it for 32 years - it sports an older restoration. With few miles since and clearly cared for, it remains in superb condition. Few cars deliver fun quite like a Midget and this one looks very tempting.  
 

The History & Paperwork


  • First registered on 12th November 1975
  • Five owners from new, three of them prior to 1989
  • Third owner kept the car for 32 years
  • Previously sold through Car and Classic and made available again due to a change of circumstances
  • Mileage is believed genuine and reflects limited use by recent owners 
  • Current owner since 2nd March 2022
  • Thick history file covering invoices and MOTs back to the 1980s
  • Professionally restored and resprayed around 30 years ago with sparing use since
  • Factory MG Passport document showing service stamps to 30th June 1978
  • Invoices include engine work in 1989 and  respray and welding in the same year 
  • Clutch replaced in May 2020 including master and slave cylinders at cost of £1,253.27
  • MOT expired on 6th September 2018 but displayed mileage shows few miles since
  • No advisories on last MOT
  • Car is of course MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt 

The Interior


  • Very smart interior reflects care of owners 
  • The signs of age are very minor and it appears to be a well preserved, original cockpit 
  • Highly original including vinyl factory seats with headrests and 3-spoke MG wheel 
  • Seats unmarked and showing good padding and shape 
  • Switchgear presents well showing barely any signs of wear
  • Dashboard well kept with no visible scuffs or marks 
  • Smart Smiths dials with clear faces and clean, untarnished chrome rims
  • Black carpets trimmed well and betraying no visible wear

The Exterior 


  • Stand-out Snapdragon Yellow paintwork appears to be factory correct 
  • Welding and respray work in April 1989 that has held up remarkably well
  • The retained condition is a testament to its long term and recent owner 
  • There are a few very minor blemishes such as stone chips but no visible corrosion or bubbling
  • Bumpers are in similar condition, being straight with deep colour and no visible scuffs
  • Chrome fittings continue the theme with bright finish and no obvious tarnishing
  • Lights are clean and with clear lenses and no visible damage 
  • Factory RoStyle wheels refurbished in 1989 and continue to present well
  • They show very light kerbing on the edges of some of the steel rims 
  • Black vinyl roof if well kept and appears to fit well
  • Roof window panels are clear and undamaged
  • Factory black vinyl tonneau cover provided 

The Mechanics 


  • 1,493cc Triumph 4cyl engine developing around 62bhp 
  • 4spd manual gearbox with synchromesh on all ratios
  • The displayed mileage appears to be genuine and reflects the car's limited use
  • Clutch replaced in May 2020 at cost of £1,253.27 including both cylinders
  • Engine work in 1989 to replace the head gasket
  • The braking system has been recently overhauled, battery, battery clamp and choke / choke cable recently replaced
  • Garaged in a water-tight environment by previous long-term owner  

The Appeal


The durability and joy of Midget ownership explains why such a buoyant club scene has grown up around these remarkable little cars. Great parts supply and enthusiast owners are a key part of its ongoing appeal.

This brightly coloured Snapdragon Yellow late model Midget demonstrates all of these qualities. It looks delightful, thanks to its careful owners. As a fun, affordable classic it surely ticks all the boxes. 
 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1975
  • Make MG
  • Model Midget
  • Colour Yellow
  • Odometer 86,706 Miles
  • Engine size 1491
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Winscombe
  • Location Somerset
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
2 bids
  • tfaffic•••• £1,500 23/09/23
  • shan.e £1,200 22/09/23

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