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A marvellous late registered MG Midget in beautiful condition.
Polyurethane bumpers, curved zone-toughened windscreen, integral vinyl coated hood, full and rear tonneaus, chrome driver’s door mirrors, wind-down door windows with hinged ventilators, interior rear view anti-dazzle mirror, fresh air heater, swivelling sun visors, map shelf, oil, fuel and water gauges, trip and mileage recorder, rev counter, electric tachometer, windscreen washer, hazard warning lights. Dealer options; Unipart push-button radio, MG rubber floor mats. Accessories; Gloss black with polished rim 13” Minilite style alloy wheels, Motolita wood rimmed steering wheel, soft car cover.
This lovely very late 1980 registered MG Midget is finished in the original colour of Vermillion, (Code CML), which boasts a wonderful bright shine and uniform finish. The car is in fantastic condition structurally and all body panels are straight and undamaged, and the wheel arches still display clearly defined spot weld dimples. Remedial cosmetic refreshment has taken place in order to uphold such a bright show appearance and some minor blemishes will be detected upon close scrutiny. The once criticized polyurethane bumpers are now desirable for those seeking a car close to standard and are in excellent condition with none of the common severe distortion. All Sekurit glass and lights are original and in excellent order and the badges are perfect. The vinyl hood is factory fitment and remains in fantastic order with all ‘pull-the-dot’ and Tenax poppers intact and complete with both the full and rear tonneaus covers. A smashing example ready to stand very proud among most other examples.
The original knit-backed expanded black vinyl seats are in excellent condition with no wear, markings or damage. Matching door cards and interior trim sections are in very good order with only the driver’s door trim showing a couple of nicks towards the edge. The carpets are factory fitment and remain protected by the genuine rubber MG floor mats. The unspoilt crackle finish fascia houses fully functioning controls and switchgear including the period Unipart push-button radio. The steering wheel has been replaced with a beautiful and expensive Motolita item but the original has been retained should the next owner desire a totally standard interior. A snug and ergonomically confused interior, exactly what we love about this traditional British sports car!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This four-cylinder OHV 1493cc engine with twin SU type HS4 carburettors, correct for the home market, offers ample performance for modern traffic conditions. Power output and performance figures are quoted at 65bhp, a top speed of over 100mph and 0-60mph in 12 seconds. The tough, well proven SC series engine is a simple unit with brilliant access and fantastic parts availability, the dream for every classic car owner. The factory fitted four-speed all synchromesh gearbox taken from the Morris Marina offers snappy gear changes and ease of use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The stylish 13” Minilite design alloy wheels are immaculate and finished in gloss Black with a highly polished rim. All four tyres are matching premium Pirelli Cinturato 145/R13 fitted new in 2019 and have covered less than 1,000 miles. The boot mounted spare wheel is present which sits alongside a full car cover and the original jack and wheel brace. The hydraulic brakes employing 8.25-inch discs at the front and 7-inch drums at the rear offer safe stopping power having been fully overhauled in September 2022 including new discs and pads.
Production of the MG Midget ceased in 1979 so this 1980 registered example on a V suffix is a very late car. Registered new on the 1st January 1980, this delightful Midget was supplied by MG Franchisee, Wadham Stringer of Taunton. The car has had just five former keepers with the previous custodian acquiring the car in 2016 after extensive searches. It sat alongside a small and varied stable of interesting vehicles including a late 1950’s MV Agusta and a Jaguar F-Type. The history file accompanying the car is complete with receipts and invoices for servicing and maintenance as well as a driver’s handbook, two sets of keys and an MG range brochure. A full inspection, ignition service and brake overhaul have been completed in September 2022 so this delightful Midget Is ready to enjoy and show.
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