Continuing on with the Low Mileage Edition of Hooniverse Weekends I came across this mint 1979 MG Midget. In what is possibly the longest production cycle of any British Car, the Midget was a decedent of the Austin Healey Sprite, that first saw production in 1958. 1980 marked the last year for the Midget, so that was an incredible 22 years of factory output with over 226,000 MG Produced, and another 129,000 Sprites. So, it this last of a breed worth buying, or is just another antique to be locked up in a museum?
This version of the Midget was called the Midget 1500, after being fitted with the 1493CC unit lifted from the Triumph Spitfire. The gearbox was also lifted from another British Leyland model, the Morris Marina. To meet US federal regulations, very large black plastic bumpers were added to the front and rear along with an increase in ride height. Federal regulations at that time dictated that all passenger car bumper heights had to be equal (remember, they didn’t consider trucks, vans, and utility vehicles passenger cars), and that headlamps also had to be a certain height.
This particular Midget is all original, and according to the listing:
This is a chance to own the best 79 MG Midget on the planet. It has only 7,137 miles. The car is all original. Even the tires are original. The car is in the best color you could by. It was dealer rust proofed. The top is like new. The car runs and drives better than any restored one of these. They are only original once. It would cost a fortune to restore one of these to this level and it still would not be as tight.
Currently the bidding has stalled at $7,600.00, with an unmet reserve. So, how much do you think the bidding will go before its sold? Is this an MG worth craving? Am I out of my mind for taunting you? See the eBay listing here.