Wed, 18th Mar 2020 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 34

1980 MG Midget 1500
1,179 miles from new

Sold for £11,812

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: OOS701V
Chassis No: GAN6209421G
MOT: July 2020

  • 1,179 miles from new
  • Originally purchased by a British Leyland employee
  • Offered with Heritage Certificate and old MOTs

We are delighted to be able to offer what must be one of the lowest mileage Midgets in existence registering just 1,179 miles from new at the time of cataloguing. Originally purchased by a British Leyland employee and retaining its original registration number OOS 701V, the car has led a cossetted life and the vendor advises it remains in "excellent" condition as regards its bodywork, paintwork, engine, transmission and interior. A record on file of the mileages noted on previous MoT certificates show it had covered just 447 miles by April 1989, 784 miles in April 1996 and 1051 miles in 2019. According to the accompanying BMIHT factory record this RHD Home Market car was built on 18/19th April 1978 and despatched on 21st April that year. Finished in Inca Yellow with black trim and black hood riding on Rostyle wheels it is noted as a staff sale thereon. Offered with numerous old MoTs substantiating the minimal mileage, current MoT to July 2020, BMIHT Certificate and an original sales brochure it represents an incredibly rare opportunity for MG enthusiasts to acquire an extremely collectable example.

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 similar contrivances found on other American market cars, the weight penalty 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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