1978 MG Midget 1500


  • Restored 1500 in excellent condition 
  • Good quality chrome bumper conversion 
  • Retrimmed interior in ‘as new’ condition 
  • Just six registered keepers 
  • Pretty and very usable British convertible 

The Appeal 

What a shame we don’t make cars like this little Midget any more. Simple, fun and pretty too, these unassuming British sports cars were and are the very definition of carefree fun. 
Not surprisingly, the Midget remained in production for many years through several evolutions. This pretty restored 1978 evokes the best of those changes. It is a ‘rubber bumper, square arch’ 1500cc later car that has been carefully restored to an earlier aesthetic with wire wheels and chrome bumpers. 
The work has been done to a good standard and is comprehensive, also including a retrimmed interior. This is a very attractive and appealing car where the buyer can benefit from all that work and investment. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 1st February 1978 
  • Six owners since first registration 
  • Current keeper acquired car on 20th May 2019 
  • VIN records confirm this car was built in late 1977, one of the first 1978 MY cars
  • Registered as a Historic Vehicle with DVLA so MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt 
  • Dateless Nothern Ireland plate included in sale 

The Condition

  • Restored in smart light blue with no visible wear to paintwork 
  • Bodywork in good order with consistent panel fit and no visible corrosion 
  • Small area of paint run visible on nearside front arch but paint otherwise good 
  • Chrome bumper conversion completed to a good standard 
  • Painted wire wheels with chrome spinners and matching spare 
  • Tidy underside with evidence of restoration and all in good order
  • Boot area and inner arches in good condition with no visible corrosion 
  • Black vinyl roof is well kept with good fit and matching tonneau 
  • Retrimmed interior in tan vinyl with excellent, virtually ‘as new’ condition 
  • Brown carpets neatly complement tan seats
  • Wood-rimmed three-spoke Moto Lita wheel 

The Mechanics 

  • 1,493cc Triumph 4cyl engine 
  • Twin SU carburettors
  • 4spd manual gearbo 
  • Tidy engine bay 
  • No reported mechanical or running issues 


This sale is subject to the Car & Classic Terms and Conditions. By bidding and/or making an offer, you also agree to the following: 
If the seller is registered as a private seller, consumer rights stemming from EU consumer protection law do not apply. Car & Classic’s return policy applies. 
A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Car & Classic are run through an online HPI check, to verify that they show no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and have no finance owing. 
✓ Buyers are responsible for vehicle collection or delivery. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make MG
  • Model Midget
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 51,877 Miles
  • Engine size 1500
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Lincoln
  • Location Lincolnshire
  • Country United Kingdom
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