These early MG Midgets are very highly regarded in classic car circles – they are seen to be one of the most fun, enjoyable small British Sports Cars available, and many people say that they’re the Midget to have.
Being the very last of the early cars, it is fitted with the early large bumpers, but has the benefits of the 1275cc engine. This one has been rebuilt using a BRAND NEW body shell from British Motor Heritage in around 2010, so surely that must make it the best of the best?
The car was sold by Mike Authers, the MG Midget ‘guru’ (just Google him!) in 2011 having had a 7-year restoration. The engineers report confirms that the restoration included:
· Heritage bodyshell and panels
· Completely rebuilt suspension
· All new brake system, with servo fitted for improved braking performance
· Overhauled diff
· Rebuilt engine, with new standard pistons (never been rebored)
· New hood and replaced seats
· New Minilite style alloys and tyres
· Brightwork rechromed
Mike commented in his advert for that car that it was “as close to driving a ‘new’ Midget as possible”. You’ll see that his cars command a very high price, often double what I’m asking for this example.
Since the rebuild, the car has had minimal usage, covering less than 1500 miles in the hands of its enthusiast owner. The car is MOTd until July 2018 with no advisories, and is, of course, tax exempt. Bear in mind that a new bodyshell from BMH now costs £8500+VAT, unpainted, so to build a car of similar spec would require around £20,000!
The car has been painted professionally looks great. The doors shut with a satisfying ‘clunk’ and there is, of course, no rot whatsoever. Obviously with the fact that the paintwork is now a few years old, there are some VERY minor chips here and there, but as you can see from the photos, these are completely un-noticeable to an onlooker. The brightwork is all great with no noticeable dinks or twists. The panel gaps are all very good – the bonnet sits up slightly on the driver’s side at the front but this looks to be a simple adjustment issue.
Nothing to worry about here – the Heritage shells are dipped before being painted – you’ll have absolutely no worries for years to come! As you can see from the pictures, the underside is nice and clean, too.
The seats have been recovered, new carpets have been fitted. All in all, it looks great! The hood is in good order and a hood cover and full tonneau is included.
Engine and Gearbox
Engine starts readily and runs well, ticking over at around 700rpm, as it should. Exhaust note is lovely and the car pulls and drives as it should. Oil pressure is just as it should be, and the car does not overheat – nor does it appear to use any oil or water. The gearbox has been reconditioned, as has the rear axle.
Suspension and brakes
Again, this has all been rebuilt. The car rides smoothly and quietly with no nasty knocks or bangs. The brakes are excellent, as the car has had a servo fitted which greatly reduces the pedal effort. It’s a lovely car to drive!
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 for this price anywhere.
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