1978 MG Midget 1500 1.5 from UK and Ireland
It's an old car so the usual things have needed doing: brakes, shocks, etc.
Had a gold seal recon engine just before I got it, but in the 30000 miles I've done in it over the last few years, its never broken down or so much as misfired.
Bodywork needed some work though, new sills, front wings (VERY Expensive!), and some work on rear arches.
Fitted new mohair hood as well, as original plastice one was worn out, which was cheap and not too tricky to fit.
Also use a hard top in the winter, which helps (a little) with the Midgets main problem of letting in water from just about everywhere.
Drives like a dodgem car, steering is so direct that to begin with you feel as though you are going to drive into a field on the next turn.
Once you get used to it though, its great fun. You're so low to the ground, you feel as though you're doing 100mph when the Lada just behind reminds you that you're only doing 30.
Heaters are phenomenal.
Perfect for sunny days with the top down on a windy country lane. Although I've driven mine to Scotland and back on motorways - I'm the first to admit that its not ideal for that!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th May, 2003
18th Sep 2008, 08:29
I agree with all of the above. Great fun on windy roads here in the USA as well. The rubber bumper, 1500cc "Spitfidget" engined Midgets are (by some) referred to as the poor cousin to the earlier chrome-bumpered, A-series engined Midgets, but as the owner of a '78, I just don't see it.
Hey it's a warm, sunny September day - what am I doing in here?