The Restoration Show Sale 2014

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1973 MG Midget MkIII

Lot No.: 160

Registration: OAB 220K
Chassis Number: GAN5-113468G
Engine Number: 12V586FH1578
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1275cc
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Sold for (£): 1,265

The MkI midget was initially fitted with a 948cc A-series engine, which was replaced in 1962 with the newer 1098 engine. It featured quarter elliptic rear spring suspension and drum brakes all round, which were then also upgraded in 1962 much like the engine. In 1964 the MkII Midget was released which saw much improved handling as a result of new half elliptic suspension, it was also fitted with new doors featuring external handles and even wind up windows!

1966 saw the release of the MkIII Midget, which featured several substantial upgrades with the addition of the Cooper S derived 1275cc engine. Along with this Rostyle wheels were fitted and there were a variety of minor body changes including the addition of round wheel arches in 1972.


Offered here is a 1973 MkIII MG Midget, arguably this is the most desirable model and year in the MG Midget timeline. It features the classic styling of early Midgets with chrome bumpers, combined with the speed of the 1275cc engine and benefitting from the various handling improvements that had stemmed from the previous years of development.

Following an incident with the car in 2004 it was subject to an Insurance settlement and a rebuild began shortly after. Due to time constraints the restortion was halted and the car is presented ready for completion by its new owner. With much of the work undertaken the car features genuine replacement parts including new wings, front valance and bumpers. Fitted with its original Rostyle wheels overall the car appears in great shape.

These MG Midgets are a joy to drive and perfect for both beginner and professional restorers alike. With their large and affordable parts availability, ease to work combined with the huge amount of resources on restoring them and it will no doubt be very rewarding once complete.