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Lot 139: MG Midget 1500

Classic - Collectors and Sports Cars, Barons (28 October 2013)

In 1974 the MG Midget received its final facelift; the rubber bumper cars had arrived! Along with the still current MGB, British Leyland had been forced to redesign both cars in order for them to continue selling in the all-important US market. Like the MGB the Midget received a higher ride height and new bumpers made from rubber/plastic to improve crash performance. To compensate for the car's added weight and also to improve performance, a new 1500cc engine was now standard. This new engine came from another member of the Leyland stable, the Triumph Spitfire 1500. This choice of Triumph engine angered some MG enthusiasts, although no one could deny the car's much better performance. The Midget Mk III (1500) was discontinued in 1979 with no direct replacement. Offered here is a 1978 example of the Midget 1500, which is said to be complete with full service history in support of the 54,299 recorded miles. The car is presented in the conditon one would expect of a well maintained, low mileage example and is complete with an MoT through to February 2014.

Lot Details
Auction Classic - Collectors and Sports Cars
Barons, Esher Hall Sandown Park Exhibition Complex Surrey. UK
TypeCar
Lot Number139
Estimate£2000-£3000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2400
Year1978
Condition rating2
Registration numberSTE 466S
Mileage-
Chassis numberGAN6-205644G
Engine number55756
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors