1979 MG Midget 1500 Roadster
Registration no. WFV 920V
Chassis no. GAN6 229257G
Engine no. 78344
By 1969 when the MkIII Midget was introduced, MG had become part of British Leyland, the latters corporate strategy and the requirements of the US market determining that the next Midget would be powered by the 1,491cc Triumph Spitfire engine. Of similar power but heavier than the preceding 1,275cc BMC A-Series unit, the Triumph engine was nevertheless torquier, so performance remained virtually unchanged, though if anything there was a slight improvement. Introduced in 1974, the new Midget 1500 was readily distinguishable from its predecessor by the impact-resistant 5 mph bumpers required for the USA, while beneath the skin there was a Morris Marina all-synchromesh gearbox. The adoption of head restraints, inertia-reel seatbelts and dual-circuit braking were among improvements made before production ceased at the end of 1979.
Dating from the final year of production, this exceptionally well maintained, original, unrestored and correct Midget 1500 is presented in A1 condition in every respect. Finished in black with matching interior, it is fitted with a stainless-steel luggage grid to the boot, while recent maintenance has included the installation of a new steering rack. The vehicle has enjoyed four previous keepers and is offered with sundry invoices, Swansea V5 registration document and fresh MoT.