1972 | ‘Round Arch’ | 1275cc A-Series | Convertible | Black with Black Vinyl Interior | Knock-Off Spoked Wheels | MoT’d until 3rd June 2019 | Great Fun!
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MkIII ‘Round Arch’ Midget. 1,275cc A-Series engine with 4spd manual transmission. Twin SU carburettors including K&N air filters. Aldon electronic ignition. Knock-off spoked wheels. Four good radial tyres. Halogen headlamp upgrade. Electric cooling fan. Full and half tonneau covers. Registered on 01/06/1972. MoT until 03/06/19. Accompanying the vehicle is a history folder including various old receipts, lists of new parts fitted, manuals, Heritage Certificate plus a second set of keys. Currently in ‘stripped out’ fast road spec for lightness. All removed parts come with the vehicle including bumpers, grille, heater and radio units, plus various spare parts.
Launched in 1961, the MG Midget was a slightly more expensive, badge engineered version of the MkII Austin-Healey Sprite. The Sprite was intended to fill the gap of a low cost sports car left by the original T-Type MG Midget, which meant many MG buyers turned to Austin-Healey thus badge engineering an MG version made sense. The vehicle was essentially the same as the Healey version, apart from some internal and external trim changes to justify the higher purchase price. The Midget remained in production until 1980, after receiving revisions over the years.
This particular car is the MkIII version, which was the last model before the ‘rubber bumper’ variant. There is a large history file with the vehicle, including old receipts, hand-written lists of new parts fitted plus those removed, booklets and a second set of keys. The Heritage Certificate which comes with the car states that the car was originally ‘Bronze Yellow’ with Navy trim, to the car has been painted black at some stage in its life – most likely when ‘70s yellows’ weren’t fashionable anymore!
Most enthusiastic owners bolt many aftermarket accessories to their vehicles, which in many cases make the vehicle worse not better. However, during recommissioning; the previous owner of this car has taken an altogether different approach, following Collin Chapman’s dictum of ‘adding lightness’… Some ‘superfluous’ parts such as the bumpers, radio, and heater were removed to bring the car closer to the pureness of the original Healey Sprite on which the car is based. As well as this, many parts were replaced with new totalling £2,300; including electronic ignition, the complete cooling system, a reconditioned gearbox, brake components, propshaft, fuel tank and much more.
The peppy A-Series engine starts readily and runs well, ticking over with a smooth ‘burble’ at the tailpipe. Hitting the open road, the car accelerates quickly and willingly, with smooth and quite gear changes, and is very ‘chuckable’ on those twisty country roads putting a big smile on anyone’s face! The brakes will pull you up to a stop quickly in a straight line, and there are no nasty noises from the suspension.
Looking around the car, it is clear that the car was built more to be driven rather than to polish and show at concours events! However, she still looks good and is structurally sound, evidenced by the panel gaps around the doors. Underneath there is no rust/rot and is in great shape. Up on top, there are some very small areas of bubbling here and there and a small, localised area of filler on the leading edge of the bonnet which could be easily repaired if you wished to do so. The vinyl ‘soft top’ roof is in good, sound and usable condition; there is a small repair patch on the top right, and one of the fasteners has torn away on the left hand side. The part and full tonneau covers are in good condition, for when you still want to carry on motoring in the rain with the roof down!
The vehicle has recently been MoT inspected by a ‘Classic Friendly’ approved garage, of which it passed with flying colours. The car is tax and MoT exempt, however we like to give you and your insurer a peace of mind that it the car is fully roadworthy. All in all, this is a fantastic, well-loved little sports car that is absolutely ready to be used and enjoyed, perfect for thundering down country roads, entering into road rallies and competition events, or just to nip down to the shops to make a change!
We have described the vehicle as accurately as we can, but please take your time looking through the photos. Viewing is most welcome, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. All funds must be cleared before the vehicle can be taken away. We are happy to take deposits to reserve vehicles, however this is non-refundable fee agreed on point of sale, and is valid for 7 days at which point the full balance must be settled and collection or delivery arranged.
The vehicle must be collected from our premises near Shrewsbury. We can also arrange UK delivery by trailer if you so require.
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