1977 MG MIDGET 1500

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - MIKE LE CAPLAIN PRO­DUC­TION EDI­TOR

Did I have fun? My car had 114,331 miles on it, fol­low­ing the Cal­i­for­nia epic. I did 220 miles in it in a sin­gle day – a per­sonal best. It was slightly con­cern­ing on the way to the start­ing point to hear a strange whistling noise com­ing from the hood (which was up at that point). I thought a seal had gone, only to dis­cover that I hadn’t latched the pas­sen­ger door prop­erly. I drove the rest of the way hood down – bloomin’ cold, but I added a scarf, base­ball cap and gloves to my usual jeans, hoodie and fake Way­farer shades. For a car that’s bet­ter suited to B-road blasts, I was amazed at how well it coped as a long-dis­tance cruiser – per­fectly happy at a con­stant 70mph, and much qui­eter with the hood down than up. It be­haved im­pec­ca­bly through­out, too – not al­ways a given. The end­less dual car­riage­ways were a bit bor­ing, but it soon found its stride on the twisty back lanes in con­voy with the two MX-5s and Richard’s Panda, all go­ing flat-out. It took a fair bit to keep up with them – I don’t think the Midget was amused.

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