An MG with its origins in the 'frog-eyed' Austin-Healey Sprite, the Midget first appeared in July 1961, one month after the launch of its restyled progenitor, sharing the same bodyshell and mechanical underpinnings with only badges, trim details and price differentiating the two. A series of engine enlargements saw the Midget arrive at 1,275cc in the form of the MkIII - code 'GAN4'. Introduced in 1966, the latter employed a de-tuned (to 65bhp) version of the 1,275cc Cooper S engine while offering significantly enhanced practicality courtesy of new convertible hood. New for the 1970 model year, the Midget MkIV ('GAN5'), although mechanically unchanged from its predecessor, featured revised styling with black grille and sills, cast wheels, new seat trim and British Leyland insignia. Rostyle wheels were new for 1971, as were rounded rear wheelarches, though the latter did not last beyond 1972 when the arches reverted to their original squared-off shape. Offering the prospect of easily affordable entry into the world of classic sports car ownership, the Midget is one of the easiest to run and maintain, being served by a multitude of spare parts manufacturers, service providers and owners' clubs.
One of the last 'proper' Midgets, predating the introduction of the Triumph-engined version in 1974, this MkIV comes with a quantity of expired MoTs and invoices for work and parts, including new carburettors and a replacement fuel tank. Previously forming part of a small private collection, 'JVY 578L' was offered for sale at Bonhams' Harrogate auction in November 2008 (Lot 683) where it was purchased by the current vendor. Since acquisition the car has been kept in museum storage and will require the usual careful re-commissioning before further use. Finished in red with black interior, it is presented in generally tidy order and offered with Swansea V5C document.