Displacement: 948 cc
Horsepower: 47 bhp @ 5,500 rpm
Engine Torque: 53 ft lb @ 2,750 rpm
Top Speed: 88 mph
0 - 60 mph: 18.3 seconds
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When the iconic Austin-Healey 'Bugeye' (or 'Frogeye,' as it is known in England) Sprite was restyled for 1961, British Motor Corporation decided to launch an upmarket version, which was badged as the MG Midget, a name last used in conjunction with the 'T-Series' MGs built up to 1955. Though still fairly spartan, the differences over the 'no-frills' Sprite were a more luxurious interior, better instrumentation, a chrome, bonnet & side moulding and slatted grille. Options were few and far between but included a heater, a radio and 'knock-off' Ace Mercury wheel discs.
This particular example has had one Los Angeles owner since the early seventies and sports both the heater and wheel disc options as well as its original, black California plates. Finished in Tartan Red, it was last painted in 1976 but still shows remarkably well. The interior has been freshly re-trimmed in a very smart combination of cream with red piping and red carpets. A new black soft top, complete with frame and side curtains, rounds out the package.
Mechanically, it appears very sound, the nicely detailed engine fires at the first pull of the starter and pulls well through all the gears. The legendary, go-kart like handling turns any corner into a straight thereby making all excursions a blast!