The MG Midget can trace its lineage back to the Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite, the car which brought affordable sports car motoring to the British public in In the Austin-Healey Sprite Mk2 arrived, and with it the badge engineered MG Midget — a better appointed version that shared the majority of components with its Austin-Healey stablemate. Original cars were fitted with a cc A-series engine — the same engine that was used in the Frogeye in , only uprated from 43bhp to 46bhp. Twin SU carburettors and the revvy nature of the A-series engine made performance engaging, if not truly quick. By the ageing cc engine was replaced by the updated cc A-series, which was also shared with the Morris Minor, amongst others.
MG Midget buying guide
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MG joined in with their own version in the same year, which is now known as the Mk1 Midget but was essentially the Sprite Mk2 with a little extra bling to position it as the slightly more expensive option. Those first Midgets featured drum brakes all round, a cc A-series engine, sidescreens and a stowaway hood, but the engine had grown to displace cc by the following year and front disc brakes arrived the year after. Two years later in , the Mk3 appeared, which to many is the ultimate A-series Midget and the one we have selected as our pick at this price point. The engine for this was taken from the cc Cooper S and produced 65bhp at the flywheel, while the time-consuming stowaway hood was replaced with a foldable one. By , the rival Sprite had been axed, but the Midget continued, gaining Rostyle wheels as standard, but still with the option for wires. That same year, the rear wheelarches changed shape to create the round wheelarch version.
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The two-seat MG roadster ran from to and for years has been popular with motoring enthusiasts on a budget. Unfortunately, it means dodgy sellers are getting on the bus and asking silly money for, at worst, thickly painted rubbish and, at best, bitsa-cars assembled from Midgets of all ages. In fact, we found one. In all likelihood, the time-waster is the person selling the car…. The Midget Mk1 first appeared in with a cute little cc A-series four-pot.