The perenially appealing little sports car


A more expensive sister to the MK II Austin Healey Sprite, the MG Midget was a little two-seater sports car released in 1961. The difference between the two models was cosmetic. With its own unique grille, the MG Midget was available in different colours, with leather seats and chrome trim as standard.

Inside, it was the same as the Austin Healey Sprite with matching rear suspension, a 948cc A-Series engine with twin SU carburettors. A year later the engine was upgraded to a 1098cc, with an output of 56hp at 5500 rpm. There were no external doors or locks and heating was an optional extra.

The MG Midget MkII was released in 1964, with changes to the interior and exterior such as door handles, wind-up windows, a stronger engine block and larger main bearings, increasing power to 59 hp at 5750 rpm. MK III came from 1966 to 1974, with a hood attached to the car in 1966, a revised recessed black grill in 1969 and rounded rear wheel arches in 1972.

1974 heralded the final changes with the MG Midget 1500 released from 1974. The 1500 featured black plastic bumpers at the front and rear, to satisfy US government regulations. The ride heights were also increased and anti-roll bars added.

A new 1493cc engine from the Triumph Spitfire, replaced the previous A-Series, which produced more torque and faster acceleration. With a top speed of 100 mph, it could accelerate from 0 – 60 in 12 seconds.

Production of the MG Midget ended in 1979.

The car:

This gorgeous, much-loved 1978 MG Midget 1500 convertible is in good condition and great fun to drive. It is also exempt from MOT and tax.


With its previous owner, an elderly man, for 26 years, this wonderful MG convertible is a well-loved classic car, with room for improvements if desired. Distinguished by its rubber bumpers as a later model, it is exempt from MOT and road tax, although it comes with an MOT valid until June 2019. The MG Midget has a recorded mileage of 1891, we assume this to be 101891, an assumption confirmed by numerous MOT certificates, plus some invoices.


Sharing the same engine as the Triumph Spitfire 1500, this 1978 MG Midget 1500 is quite brisk to drive and the engine pulls smoothly through the gears. A lively ride, it handles well and the road-holding is very good.

Exterior: Finished in Inca Yellow with a black soft top, the bodywork is very tidy for a car of its age and the undercarriage is excellent. Whilst the car is not show quality, it is quite tidy and can be used as an everyday classic. It will not be out of place at local club meets.

Interior: Inside the Midget 1500 is interior is in good condition, with the option to make further improvements, if wanted. It has the patina of a well-loved classic car.

Rowland says: “In good condition for a car of its age, this perennially appealing little gem provides room for improvement if desired. It is a great fun to drive and offers good value for money.”

Priced to sell, viewing is by appointment only.

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  • Condition: Used
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Recorded Mileage: 01891
  • Engine Size: 1500
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Date First Registered: 1978
  • Drive Side: Right Hand Drive
  • Fuel: Petrol
  • Exterior Colour: Inca Yellow
  • Interior Colour: Black
  • Tax Exempt: Yes
  • MOT Exempt: Yes
  • Our Price: £3495
  • Our Grading: 3
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