Hooniverse Malaise Era Low Mileage Weekend Edition – A 1979 MG Midget with 12,000 Miles

Almost a year ago I did a posting for another Low Mileage Weekend Edition, and highlighted this MG Midget. Well, it’s time to discover another MG Midget, this time with almost double the mileage, yet I suspect that many of you will still be repulsed by it.

The MG Midget was… well you can read all about it in the previous post. According to the listing:

Private Collector selling my 1978 MG Midget. This Midget is a time capsule with only 12,089 original miles. Everything is original, down to the tires. This little car has just been professionally serviced (fluids, etc) and starts and drives great. From everything we checked, all seems to work as it did from the factory. (Which isn’t really saying much at all – ed)

I am the second owner. I bought the car 7 years ago with approximately 11,000 miles on it and have taken it to a few shows and a rally. Otherwise, it has been stored inside all it’s life (including the prior owner). While the car is NOT PERFECT, it is a close to original and showroom as I think you will find one of these little gems. Look at the pictures, and ask any questions. The only blemish that I could find worth noting was the rear bumper has lost some coloring on one side (I’ve included a pic of that). Also, a little of the orange paint on the engine valve cover has started to peel, AND I just noticed today there is a crack in the MG emblem in the center of the steering wheel. None of these defects are bad or take away from the appearance, and all can be easily fixed at very little cost to the new owner. Otherwise, there is normal wear from 12,000 miles and storage and handling for 34 years. The paint as in VERY GOOD condition, with only a few minor blemishes. It is all original, and looks GREAT. There is NO RUST ! NONE… that I can find, which is not surprising given it’s life indoors these past 34 years. Looking under the car, it has been undercoated with a black undercoat spray at some point in it’s life. There are the usual oily places these British cars have as the diff, the oil pan, and the transmission all are “oily looking”, but the car does NOT drip or leave spots on the garage floor.

You know, I really like these late model Midgets, but I never had the joys of owning what is probably the most troubled car manufacturer of the 70s. You would think with a 33 year production cycle, British Leyland would finally get things right. There is less than a day left on the Auction, and there isn’t one bid yet. The starting bid is $6,000, which actually puts this car into affordable territory, but is it too much on a car that could leave you stranded at the most inopportune time? See the listing and let me know what you think about this car.

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