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I have the 1979 version of the Midget with the rubber bumpers and the 1500cc triamph engine. Overall the car is ok as long as you either want to pay someone to do the work or are happy to get your hands dirty.
Durin the summer months the only issue I have had was overheating but that was resolved by removing the thermostat at the side of the road.
The car handles ok and is great fun, it feals as if you are going faster than you actually are due to the seating position being very low. These cars can have their performance improved with no real issues, I ahve added better carbs, and an electric fuel pump. A set of new wheels made all the difference to the look of the car.
When it rains you will get wet as the softtop does not keep the rain out very well.
overall a good fun car but you do need a backup
I have a bright red MG Midget that has served the family extremely well. I know that my mum has owned 3 MG Midgets in her time. We own one Midget which is sadly a write off, but the good thing is that as long as I keep the engine and chassis no. plate (even if the rest rusts away or something), the car is still worth something because it can be rebuilt to it's original standards with just those two numbers. A downside to the Midget, if you're thinking of buying one, is that no matter how many Midget's I've looked at, I've never found one that doesn't need a couple of clothes pegs tpo keep the choke out. Midget owners will probably know what I'm talking about. The Midget, in my opinion, is joint best (with the MGB) MG there is. Servicing can be costly when it does go wrong, so check if you have a classic car garage near you. We have and it's been extremely useful and timesaving. A special classic car insurance is probably a cheaper option than a sportscar one aswell. I hope this will be of some use to someone.
I was bought Birt my MG Midget for my first wedding anniversary, what a lovely car ! It has a 1500cc engine which runs like a dream, (once I got used to having a choke). With the roof off, driving around country lanes is great fun in the summer. The excellent heating system means you can have the roof off on those cold frosty sunny days we get in the winter as well. A slight drawback is that he leaks in the rain and your feet get wet whilst driving, also he used a lot of LRP. But overall he is a lovely fun little car, a real joy to drive.