35-MILE MG MIDGET FOR SALE

Un­used one-owner 1500 tipped to break model’s price record at Good­wood

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page -

An MG Midget that’s cov­ered just 35 miles from new is be­ing auc­tioned later this month.

Bon­hams is sell­ing the 1979 Midget 1500 at its Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed sale on 30 June with a £10-15k es­ti­mate, although market ob­servers be­lieve that it could ex­ceed this due to its min­i­mal mileage and as-new con­di­tion.

CCW mar­kets ed­i­tor, Richard Bar­nett, be­lieves it’s a golden op­por­tu­nity for mar­que devo­tees.

‘ While late, ul­tra-low mileage MGBs are hardly a rare auc­tion of­fer­ing, sim­i­larly low-mileage Midgets are far rarer.

‘This 50th an­niver­sary lim­ited edition de­serves a place in any MG col­lec­tion’.

An MG with just 35 miles on the clock will star at Bon­hams’ Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed sale on 30 June.

The 1979 Midget 1500 – which has an es­ti­mate of £10,000-15,000 – has never been reg­is­tered. Its cur­rent own­ers – who ran an MG deal­er­ship at the time – bought it from the fac­tory be­fore putting it in to their pri­vate col­lec­tion. It stayed there for 39 years, and has never been on the road.

It comes com­plete with spare wheel, tool kit, jack, ton­neau cover, and ra­dio fit­ting kit, ex­actly as the fac­tory would have de­liv­ered it to the deal­er­ship.

Bon­hams’ mo­tor­ing depart­ment di­rec­tor, Sholto Gil­bert­son, says: ‘It’s se­ri­ously rare for an un­reg­is­tered car to come to market, es­pe­cially one which is pre­sented ef­fec­tively as new. It rep­re­sents a unique op­por­tu­nity for MG en­thu­si­asts across the world – Bon­hams has not of­fered such a low mileage MG for more than 20 years.’

CCW’s mar­kets ed­i­tor, Richard Bar­nett, says: ‘While late, ul­tra-low mileage MGBs are hardly a rare auc­tion of­fer­ing, sim­i­larly low-mileage Midgets are far rarer. This is a golden op­por­tu­nity for bid­ders and this 50th an­niver­sary lim­ited edition de­serves a place in any MG col­lec­tion.’ ❚ bon­hams.com

‘It’s se­ri­ously rare – Bon­hams has not of­fered such a lowmileage MG for more than 20 years’

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Tiny-mileage MG Midget 1500 spent most of its life in a pri­vate col­lec­tion.

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