1969 MG Midget Mk III 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand
Goes just like a rear wheel drive Cooper S, only topless
Exhaust fell off due to rust.
Dash lights blew with a puff of smoke and sparks. Now I know why they list a fire extinguisher as an upgrade option in some of the MG parts catalogs.
Inlet manifold gasket needed replacing. Not a big deal.
Wire wheels needed replacing. But I knew that when I bought it.
The Midget, if set up properly, can be a great city car. It handles like a go cart and due to its weight (or lack thereof) it accelerates nicely in traffic. Particularly if you fit a better exhaust manifold (extractors) open air filters and re-jet the carburettor. Just don't try to go over 70mph very often.
I picked up this one for an absolute bargain. It had just had an engine rebuild and the suspension sorted.
The paint was awful and the interior worn out. I resprayed and re-trimmed it myself so now it looks great and runs beautifully.
It has been extremely reliable and has always taken me to my destination unscathed.
A good looking MG Midget is cooler than Snoop Dogg sipping iced-tea in the antarctic. It always attracts waves, smiles and pleasant comments whenever it's out and about.
Find a rust free example and you won't regret it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2004
I totally agree. As an owner of a couple of midgets (and a couple of MGBs as well) Simple mechanics, easy to maintain, but most of all FUN!
I am considering buying a Midget for myself, and review has made my decision a little easier. You make it sound like a Midget is a fun, reliable, and completely enjoyable car to own. I could save my money for the next car opportunity that rolls around, but I believe I just may become the new, proud owner of a 69 Midget. Thanks!