1974 MG Midget 1500 MkIII Roadster
Chassis no. GAN5UE150454G
1,493cc OHV inline 4-cylinder engine
Twin SU carburetors
65bhp at 5,500rpm
4-speed all-synchromesh manual transmission
Double wishbone independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs
Front disc and rear drum brakes
*Three owners from new
*Meticulously maintained and documented from new
*Less than 19,200 miles from new
The MG Midget
By 1969 when the MkIII Midget was introduced, MG had become part of British Leyland, the latter's 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 '5mph' 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.
The Motorcar Offered
Very original and well maintained, this little Midget has only had three careful owners from new. Meticulously documented, abundant records document the cars 39 year service and registration history going all the way back to the original dealership purchase order. Showing under 19,200 original miles, the owner reports this little back road burner runs as well as it looksa testament to its three very attentive owners!