1972 MG Midget 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Proper fun on a shoestring, feels faster than it is and very cheap to run
Nothing since the partial rebuild work.
I bought this car as a non runner, sight unseen for a very low price assuming it would need to be restored. It did require spring hangers and floor repairs, but structurally that was it. I rewired the engine bay upgrading everything I could whilst keeping it eligible for the MG Challenge Group C (standard).
That means it has K&N air filters, a free flow exhaust, richer needles, electric fan & thermostat, and an alternator conversion. I also rewired the engine bay using a modern, bladed fuse box for reliability and new cabling, new starter, electronic ignition distributor and a new fuel tank sender.
I also fitted new bearings in the prop shaft UJs and fitted new 5 inch Minilite wheels with Yokohama Blue Earth 165 x 70 tyres. For comfort I re-trimmed the cockpit using a pair of MGF leather seats.
So what I now have is a car that cost about £3500, has slightly unsightly (but not rusty) external panels, a solid core and near perfect mechanicals. It drives nicely, feels tight and together as they say and can still be entered for motorsport events as a standard car.
I couldn't afford to increase the power significantly because to go much further involves great expense on uprated brakes and suspension, and I don't believe I need to because a mildly tuned Spridget is the perfect British Sports car. Enough power to have fun, but not enough to get you into trouble.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th March, 2015