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1969 MG Midget MKIII - HERITAGE SHELL - Old English White SOLD


Well, where do I start?! These earlier Midgets are often seen as the most sought after of the lot – and as this Old English White example has been subject to a comprehensive professional Heritage Bodyshell restoration - surely that makes it the best of the best! It represents excellent value for money and is a great investment. In fact, Mike Authers, the Midget Guru, recently had a very similar car in stock that was a great deal more money.

The previous owner has owned the car for a fourteen years, and it was rebuilt onto its brand new British Motor Heritage bodyshell in the mid 1990s. No expense was spared and this was a comprehensive rebuild – not just a ‘stick rusty old bits onto a new shell’ like some of them are. As it’s a quite a few years since the car was restored, it has matured very nicely indeed and really feels like a ‘proper’ 60s car, not an over-restored trinket. I’ve been using it daily for the past couple of weeks whilst the weather’s been nice, and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

The shell was supplied complete with new wings, bonnet, doors and boot lid, and was professionally painted in Old English White – probably the best colour for a Mk3 BMC-era car. The engine was subject to a major rebuild by Oselli, at great cost. Of course, most items were replaced, including all of the suspension, brakes, fuel tank and lines, carpet set – the list is just endless and it’s clear to see in the history file.

The bodywork remains very good, obviously it isn’t a show car – it was built to use and the paintwork is now 20+ years down the line, so there is the odd age-related mark and blemish – but absolutely no signs of serious deterioration. Again, it’s nice to see a Heritage car that has been professionally painted and all of the panels have been gapped well. The wing-top seams and A panels are all bubble-free! The doors shut with a satisfying clunk. The underside is all rock-solid and the previous owner has been very diligent with keeping everything dry and well protected – each year any flaking underseal would be wire-brushed off and reapplied. The chromework is in good all-round condition, the bumpers are the originals so are not immaculate, and showing some signs of pitting, but they’re much better fitting and harder-wearing than repro items!

In more recent times, the car has had much further work carried out, including:
• Full suspension refresh, with new springs and dampers all round, polybushed throughout – the car rides very nicely indeed and handles beautifully.
• New brake master cylinder
• New clutch slave cylinder
• New wiring loom in the engine bay and dashboard.
• New MWS wire wheels and matching Yokohama tyres
• Full carburettor rebuild (new pistons etc!), with rebalance and retune, ignition timing reset. She sounds great!

Mechanically, the car is in very good order. The engine starts readily and runs well, ticking over at around 750rpm, as it should. Exhaust note is lovely and the car pulls and drives very well (for a Midget!). Oil pressure is just as it should be, and the car does not overheat – nor does it appear to use any excess oil or water. The gear selection is really nice and slick, with no synchromesh issues, and the car stops in a straight line, just as you’d expect, and rides well with no knocks or bangs. They’re excellent fun to drive!

The interior is in very nice order, but obviously it’s 20 years since it was done so it isn’t brand new. The seats covers are the correct fitment for a 1969 car – this pattern was used for one year only. A period Motorola radio is fitted, but sadly not working. The hood is in good, usable order but has been repaired in a couple of places and the frame requires a little repair – but it’s still functional. Also included is full-length tonneau.

This car has been used regularly so doesn’t suffer from the aches and groans of a rarely-used car. It is, of course, tax and MOT exempt, but has current MOT until June 2022 for peace of mind.

There is a raft of paperwork with the car which dates back decades which includes a record of the rebuild and hundreds of bills and receipts for parts and work done before, during and since the rebuild.

Really, to build a top quality example on a Heritage Shell these days will cost you around £25-30, 000 – making this one an absolute bargain. An shell alone now costs over £10, 000+VAT, and that’s not even painted! All in all, this is an absolutely stunning little car that is absolutely ready to be used and enjoyed. No, it’s not a concourse-condition show winner, but it’s a car that has been restored very well indeed, and I’m sure that you won’t find another Heritage Bodyshell car of this quality, for this price anywhere.

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