Right off the bat, this larger engine delivered more torque than its predecessor. These engines were known to be delicate, especially if over-revved. The three-main-bearing design did not lend itself well to hard use.
It has been said, and justifiably, that the Sprite and Midget as produced by the MG Car Company from untilprovided motoring enthusiasts with by far the most amount of enjoyment, for by far the least amount of money. One of the most versatile sports cars ever, owners were within days of its announcement, competing successfully with them in all branches of motor sport, and have continued doing so ever since. Equally at home whether being used for racing, rallying, hillclimbing, sprinting, trialling, or auto-testing, these diminutive machines were and are truly competitive, and in talented hands always capable of some giant slaying results.
When I felt a craving for some fresh-air motoring the other day and Pamela Wearing of Leyland Cars sought to disperse this by lending me an MG Midget it immediately rained for days on end. But at least this enables me to report that the hood and wind-up glass side-windows of the latest Midget keep the weather out effectively, with only very small gaps that no sports-car user is likely to object to, and that the hood is notably taut and drum-free. Whether it is technically viable or not, a sports two-seater seems faster round corners and through traffic than most saloons.
The first version, announced at the end of June was essentially a slightly more expensive badge-engineered version of the MkII Austin-Healey Sprite deluxe version. The original 'frogeye' Sprite had been introduced specifically to fill the gap in the market left by the end of production of the MG T-type Midget as its replacement, the MGA had been a significantly larger and more expensive car with greater performance. Many existing MG buyers turned to the Sprite to provide a modern low-cost sports car and so a badge-engineered MG version reusing the Midget name made sense.
Purchased new 26th November by Mr Gael and stored until and registered on that date. He kept the car until and then traded it in to Meridien Majestic. The car was sold to the second owner Mr Waight.
At this point we do not have any user reviews for this generation. Remove choice. My reseller is not in the list.
There is something almost indescribably fun about driving a small car. The nimble handling and sprightly four-cylinder motor, coupled with a manual gearbox, make this something truly memorable for the proper driving enthusiast. It is a car in which you feel every corner, every shift, every sensation; you feel as though you are Jim Clark driving mph, though you are just taking your kid for ice cream at 35 mph!
Available at all good newsagents including WHSmith. Do you drive this great classic or are thinking of buying one? However, a K-Series might be worth doing as fitting kits are available from the likes of Frontline Developments.
At the same time the handling has suffered in some respects and the car is no longer as predictable or forgiving as it was. To understand why this situation arose an understanding of where MG sat in the corporate monster that was British Leyland is needed. It contributed massively to the export figures but had suffered badly from under-investment for years.