1977 MG MIDGET 1500

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Classic Cars For Sale - Rob Sco­rah

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? This might look like an early Midget pow­ered by an A-se­ries en­gine, but it’s ac­tu­ally a 1977 1500 with a Tri­umph 1493cc mo­tor. From the off, the lit­tle rag­top feels lively and nim­ble. Changes within the all-syn­chro four-speed gear­box are easy and pos­i­tive through a light clutch, steer­ing is pos­i­tive and im­me­di­ate and the brakes pull the car up quickly with­out wob­ble. None of the ma­jor com­po­nents make un­to­ward noises and the in­te­rior is sur­pris­ingly rat­tle-free. The Tri­umph en­gine is known for run­ning a bit warm some­times, but this ex­am­ple runs cool enough in a wide va­ri­ety of traf­fic con­di­tions. Oil pres­sure sits at 60psi and there’s no un­to­ward smoke from the stain­less steel ex­haust that was fit­ted dur­ing its restora­tion. BODY­WORK CHECK This late model Midget was re­stored in 2009 and its im­pact-ab­sorb­ing plas­tic bumpers swapped for chrome re­place­ments to make it look like an ear­lier model. There is a com­pre­hen­sive pho­to­graphic record of the restora­tion in the car’s his­tory file. To­day, the paint re­mains largely in good or­der, though there are knocks and signs of wear ac­cu­mu­lated over the en­su­ing seven years. The panel gaps are even and sym­met­ri­cal but the seams be­tween the pan­els above the bootlid look a bit un­even and there are a cou­ple of chips in the paint, in­clud­ing one out of the top coat be­hind the near­side front bumper. There’s also a small dent in the bon­net. Ex­te­rior chrome looks good, though the door mir­ror and wind­screen mounts are grubby. The wheels are clean and the hub­caps free from pit­ting. HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR? The black seats and car­pets are in fine or­der – clean and re­tain­ing strong colour. The dash­board also looks very pre­sentable, though closer ex­am­i­na­tion re­veals a cou­ple of small creases to the fin­ish. In­te­rior chrome is un­tar­nished and the wood-rimmed steer­ing wheel largely scratch-free. The hood is torn be­low the rear win­dow on the driver’s side but the ven­dor will fit a vinyl or mo­hair re­place­ment ac­cord­ing to the new owner’s pref­er­ences. UN­DER THE BON­NET The car was treated to new spring hang­ers dur­ing its restora­tion. The work­man­like en­gine bay looks a bit dusty but all hoses and leads look in good con­di­tion and there are no signs of leaks. There are plenty of in­voices with the car, which has driven some 3500 miles since it was re­stored. THE CCW VIEW This is a car in which you can con­cen­trate on hav­ing fun, and the fact that it has re­tained all the me­chan­i­cal im­prove­ments of the fi­nal Mid­gets makes it more us­able. MG purists may not be impressed by the retro make-over, but we cer­tainly are.

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