There is a lot to be said for ownership of an MG Midget. Besides being incredibly economical and good, clean fun; the little MG offers heroic handling and punchy, well-delivered horsepower. Although conceived as a revitalised Austin-Healey in the early s, the move across to MG ensured sales continued into gleeful figures alien even to Sesame Street. Initially powered by the commonplace A-series engine, offering cc and enough horsepower to kick the competition into a potted hat, besides some minor trim differences, between and both cars were practically identical. The MG Midget outlived the Sprite by several years before finally retiring as the s started to take form, but before leaving showrooms worldwide for the final time, the Midget received new engines and controversial rubber bumpers to meet American legislation — yet the underlying charm and entertaining drive remained unaltered.
It has been said, and justifiably, that the Sprite and Midget as produced by the MG Car Company from until , provided motoring enthusiasts with by far the most amount of enjoyment, for by far the least amount of money. One of the most versatile sports cars ever, owners were within days of its announcement, competing successfully with them in all branches of motor sport, and have continued doing so ever since. Equally at home whether being used for racing, rallying, hillclimbing, sprinting, trialling, or auto-testing, these diminutive machines were and are truly competitive, and in talented hands always capable of some giant slaying results. The MkI Midget, as announced in June and fitted with a However it did just what its creators intended, and offered sporting motoring for minimum cost. It differed from the Sprite by having a traditional MG style of grille and extra trim, a black instead of white steering wheel, and other small detail differences, the uncomplicated but attractive car bringing under one litre motoring back to MG enthusiasts for the first time since
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This book is the perfect companion for the first-time or even more experienced buyer. He gives the perfect introduction, covering all of the tips and the pitfalls to buying these stylish and sporty BMC compacts. Trained as a Tool Maker in the aerospace industry, Terry Horier has a keen interest in all things of an engineering nature. His first Austin-Healey Sprite, a Mk1 was bought from a work colleague in