1972 MG Midget MkIII
Just two owners in
28 years; a very sound example of this charismatic liitle sportscar that is
crying out for more regular use
Essentially a slightly more expensive badge-engineered
version of the Austin-Healey Sprite MkII, the MG Midget was launched in 1961,
initially with a 948cc twin carb A-Series engine producing 46bhp.
In 1962 the engine was uprated to a 1,098cc unit now with
56bhp and brake discs replacing the drums at the front. With the launch of the
MkIII version in 1966, the engine was enlarged yet again to 1,275cc and now
produced 67bhp. The rear axle ratio was also raised for more relaxed
cruising along with a host of minor revisions to the interior and exterior,
including more rounded rear wheel arches from 1972 onwards.
tuneable, the MkIII is now particularly popular in the many race series that are
organised for MG Midgets to compete in. On the road it is an exhilarating car to
drive as you always feel like you are going twice as fast as you really
First registered in December 1972, this MkIII has had just two
owners for the last 28 years and has been in the current ownership since 2004.
Very little used in recent years, it comes with 11 old MOTs showing that it only
covered 1,900 miles between 2003 and 2015 when it was put into
Various invoices show routine maintenance over this period, the
most significant expenditure being in 2004 when it received a new clutch kit,
new timing chain, a suspension overhaul with reconditioned stub axles and king
pin assemblies plus various other minor jobs at a cost of over £1,000. We are
told that it has been fitted with a later engine at some point.
paintwork is still nice and shiny, the brightwork still gleams and the panels
all fit well with no real signs of corrosion either up top or down below. The
blue leather seats are nicely mellowed, the canvas soft top is faded but
serviceable and the hood cover looks in good shape.
Starting promptly and
running nicely as we have moved it around on site, it also comes with a handy
bag of spares in the boot (wheel cylinders; plugs and plug leads; distributor
cap; points etc) which is invariably the sign of a careful owner. Your
correspondent’s grandfather would never dream of driving anywhere without such a
spares kit to which he always added a spade, a bag of road salt and a thick
woollen rug in the winter. Didn’t help him much when he got arrested after
crashing his Manx Norton into the Gouthwaite Reservoir gatehouse one night, but
that’s another story…
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