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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

MG MIDGET 1500

Check panel fit, and par­tic­u­larly the door gaps, as any ta­per­ing here may sug­gest that the bodyshell has dis­torted. Check each B-pil­lar for cor­ro­sion around the lower door hinge, too.

Be­ware cracks and flak­ing paint­work around the rear spring hanger and check the rear springs for sag­ging and cracked leaves. Rusty floors can also be an is­sue and glued-in car­pets may be try­ing to hide cor­ro­sion.

Un­like ear­lier A-se­ries Midgets, the en­gine the 1500’s Tri­umph en­gine has a rep­u­ta­tion for bear­ing wear. Crank­shaft thrust wash­ers also wear – get a friend to de­press the clutch and watch for crank­shaft pul­ley move­ment.

PRICE WATCH

Con­cours £7500

Ex­cel­lent £4000

Us­able £2750

Project £1250

MGF

Check for rot in the sills, edges of the side air in­takes, door bot­toms and – un­der­neath the car – the con­di­tion of the sub­frames and front and rear sus­pen­sion mount­ing points.

Cool­ing was mar­ginal in the MGF, lead­ing to many K-Se­ries en­gines blow­ing their cylin­der head gas­kets. Ask whether a mul­ti­layer steel item has re­placed the orig­i­nal and check all the as­so­ci­ated hoses and pipework.

The MGF’s Hy­dra­gas sus­pen­sion com­prises a liq­uid and ni­tro­gen filled dis­placer in each cor­ner. These can be re­gassed but not re­filled, and be­cause re­place­ments aren’t cur­rently avail­able, so you’ll be re­ly­ing on se­cond­hand items.

PRICE WATCH

Con­cours £6000

Ex­cel­lent £2750

Us­able £1500

Project £500

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