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1976 MG Midget 1500

Lot 55 (The Pavilion Gardens, 27th November 2019)

Sold for £7,875

(including buyers premium)


Lot details
Registration No: MOI 9615
Chassis No: GAN6184321G
Mot Expiry: July 2020

- Supplied new via Thompson Reid Ltd of Belfast, comprehensive 65-page history file (£17,000+ of receipts)

- Restored by Maidstone Sports Cars in 1999 (17,900 miles ago)including a new Heritage shell and Ivor Searle unleaded engine

- Frontline upgraded suspension with adjustable shock absorbers all round, 'drives as well as it looks', MOT'd till July 2020

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Engine: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'

Further Info:

The need to comply with forthcoming US safety legislation saw MG revise the design of its Midget sportscar for the final time in 1974. Entering showrooms that October, the resultant MKIV version (as it was unofficially known) was immediately recognisable courtesy of its impact absorbing 'rubber bumpers'. Far better integrated than the similar contrivances found on other American market cars (think Mercedes-Benz W107 SL), the weight penalty they incurred was more than offset by the adoption of a new 1500cc engine. Sourced from the Triumph Spitfire together with an all-synchromesh gearbox, it gave the Midget a notable boost in performance. Capable of over 100mph and known for its tidy handling, the MKIV was well received by the press and public alike.

 

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