1978 MG Midget 1500
(Featured on 7th December 2013)
Sellers original description:
An original unmolested MG Midget 1500 with just 49,111 miles from new.
Polyurethane bumpers, curved zone toughened glass, seat belts, halogen headlamps, twin reversing lamps, interior lamp, boot lamp, door mounted chrome mirror, tonneau cover, cockpit cover, twin horns, trip and mileage recorder, switchable dash illumination, electric tachometer, water temperature gauge, fresh air heater. Dealer fit accessories; fire extinguisher. Retro fit accessories; Wooden Moto-Lita steering wheel.
This delightful MG sportster is finished in vibrant Vermilion, (code BLVC118), and has a wonderful glossy shine. The often criticized polyurethane bumpers designed to absorb bumps up to 5mph are in excellent condition and all trim articles are intact and perfect. The black integral vinyl coated fabric hood is original fitment and bar one missing rear popper remains in superb undamaged condition. Incredibly the tonneau cover and full cockpit cover still remain individually wrapped in the material bags. The vehicle retains all its original panels and has never been welded but some minor surface markings commensurate with a 35 year old example are evident. This is a remarkable bright survivor and perfect for immediate shows and fun outings.
Wonderful and correct in every manor. The knit-backed expanded vinyl seats evoke real nostalgia and are presented in excellent order. The adjustable seats with rake adjusting squabs and head restraints offer remarkable comfort in a small cockpit. No wear is evident having been cherished from new and all the controls, gauges and switches set in the perfect crackle finish fascia function. Part of the rubber seal around the driver’s door is split. A dealer fit fire extinguisher remains in the passenger foot well and an expensive wooden Moto-Lita steering wheel has been fitted, (the original item remains with the car). An MG interior worthy of the low miles travelled.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION:
This four cylinder o.h.v with twin SU type HS4 carburettors produces 65bhp and offers ample performance for daily use. The rugged, well proven engine is a simple unit with brilliant access and fantastic parts availability, every classic car owners dream! This example performs faultlessly. The four-speed all synchromesh gearbox gives snappy gear changes and sporty performance coupled with real fuel economy.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES:
The Rostyle wheels are in excellent condition although the black centres have been painted. Quality newly fitted Firestone F-590 145/80 R13 tyres have been fitted to all five wheels. The hydraulic brakes with servo assistance employing 8.25 inch discs at the front and 7 inch drums at the rear offer safe stopping power.
With only three owners from new, two of which being Husband and Wife, this vehicle retains all relevant documentation for the avid collector. Mrs Moreen Freed took delivery from John Cooper Garages Ltd in Worthing on the 10th June 1978 and cherished the car keeping it regularly maintained as witnessed by the fully stamped Passport to Service Booklet. On passing away her Husband took ownership in 2000 using the vehicle sparingly but keeping it serviced with an annual MOT. Enjoyed by the third owner for the last two years for Sunday leisure trips this car has now only covered a documented 49,111 miles from new.