1973 MG MIDGET MKIII

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - ClassicCrasForSale.co.uk - Andy Tal­bot

EN­GINE 1275cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 65bhp@6000rpm TORQUE 72lbft@3000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 95mph 0-60MPH 13sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 28-35mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOMETER See text WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Ac­cel­er­a­tion is en­thu­si­as­tic and smooth, free from any nasty noises or hes­i­ta­tion. The gearchange is pre­cise and steer­ing sharp, though the tyre side­walls add some un­wanted spongy move­ment. Brakes op­er­ate with­out any fade or pulling. The hand­brake op­er­ates easy and fully se­cures the car. There’s no whin­ing from the rear axle or trans­mis­sion.

BODY­WORK CHECK

This Midget had a full restora­tion by MG spe­cial­ist Nay­lor Broth­ers in 1995 us­ing a Bri­tish Mo­tor Her­itage shell, and it shows – the doors close with a qual­ity ‘clunk’ and there’s no rot on this con­cours qual­ity car. There are a cou­ple of mi­nor chips – one on the off­side door, where a seat­belt buckle ap­pears to have been trapped, and an­other – this one barely vis­i­ble – on the front near­side wing. The chrome and other bright­work are free from knocks and dents and ev­ery­thing fits as it should. The Rostyle wheels are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, ex­cept for some minute chrome tar­nish­ing and light sur­face rust in some of the re­cesses.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The re­fur­bished door cards com­ple­ment the orig­i­nal black vinyl seats. The dash­board has been re­painted with the cor­rect fin­ish, and fit­ted with new Smiths in­stru­ments. The odometer reads 239 miles cov­ered, but the car had ac­tu­ally cov­ered 50,000 miles prior to the speedome­ter change. The car­pets and black vinyl hood are new and the hood frame has ei­ther been re­fur­bished or is brand new. A cover to pro­tect the hood when it is stowed is in­cluded. The orig­i­nal steer­ing wheel is gen­tly pati­nated and the seat belts – of the cor­rect fixed three-point type as per orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tion – are in good con­di­tion.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine bay isn’t far short of con­cours stan­dard – it’s that good. All flu­ids are to the cor­rect lev­els and the hoses and belts are in good con­di­tion. The en­gine idles cleanly at around 700rpm, shows good oil pres­sure and shows no sign of over­heat­ing. An un­leaded cylin­der head has been fit­ted and all sus­pen­sion com­po­nents are pow­der-coated. The his­tory file in­cludes ev­ery MoT and tax disc since 1979, plus all the bills for the re­build and de­tails of mileage be­tween MoTs. A her­itage cer­tifi­cate will ac­com­pany the car which shows the car has al­ways been Blaze Or­ange and fit­ted with Rostyle wheels. Even the key num­bers are orig­i­nal to the car. Nearly new Michelin Clas­sic XZX 145/80 13 tyres are fit­ted, al­though the Rostyle spare in the boot wears an older Michelin.

THE CCW VIEW

If you’re look­ing for a de­sir­able round rear arch Midget which is pretty much as it came from the fac­tory, then this is worth a look. Just try and re­build one to this stan­dard for the money.

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