1969 MG Midget Review

1969 MG Midget Mk III 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carn/a n/a

Summary:

Goes just like a rear wheel drive Cooper S, only topless

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

19th Oct 2005, 07:09

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!

11th Jun 2006, 09:26

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!

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review