Sold for £1,250
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: MGW 688P
Chassis No: GAN6165394G
Motor Car Location: Suffolk
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.
Manufactured in 1976, the Midget offered was supplied new to the United Kingdom, being first registered on the 19th of February that year. Fitted with the 1491cc straight-four engine allied to the four-speed manual transmission, the MG is finished in the striking colour combination of Metallic Blue paintwork with Black interior upholstery, and a Black hood. Subject to an older restoration, the MG was purchased by the vendor in 2019 for use locally, the MG is said to be running and driving well other than a rumbling clutch thrust bearing. The electrics and handbrake will also require improvements. ‘MGW 688P’ is offered a current V5C document and is temptingly offered without reserve.
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