Award Winner: 1964 MG Midget Mk I – SOLD!
About halfway through the 1964 model year, Morris Garages (more commonly known as “MG”) launched an updated version of its popular Midget sports car featuring a folding top and roll-up windows. Prior to that change, buyers made do with removable tops and side curtains such as this early 1964 MG Midget Mk I listed on Craigslist in Williamsville, New York (Buffalo) relies on. The restorer and caretaker of this “numerous award-winning” example is now offering his beloved Midget for $12,500. Using a more accurate 1963 Mk1 as an estimate, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Mk I priced between the #1 “Concours” appraisal of $18,300 and the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $10,900. Hagerty Insurance provides the following overview of the Mk I Midgets:
“There was no MG version of the “Bugeye” Austin-Healey Sprite when it debuted in 1958, but Morris Garages would have a corporate stablemate when the redesigned Sprite launched in 1961. The Midget Mk I and Sprite Mk II now had straight-through fender lines and an opening rear trunk, though they were still fitted with plastic side curtains, and a top that had to be dismantled rather than folded. Because of the similarities between the two cars, they were often referred to as “Spridgets”.
After the new MG Midget launched in June 1961 as a 1962 model, the car became one of the most popular British sports cars for the next 20 years. Nearly 74,000 had sold by the time the last one left the factory in 1979. Built alongside the redesigned Sprite, the Midget was recognizable by a chrome strip running down its side, and a full-width vertically barred grille.
In 1961, the engine was a 948-cc A-series straight-four motor with twin SU carburetors. It generated 46.4 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, but an optional high-compression head would bump it to 50 horsepower. The performance was modest, with an 85 mph top speed, 0-60 mph in 20.2 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 21.9 seconds. The Midget had rack-and-pinion steering and a close-ratio four-speed gearbox. The price was an affordable $1,939.
For 1963, the Midget gained front disc brakes and a 55 horsepower 1,098-cc engine, though it was still referred to as a Mk I. Options included a radio, heater, and hardtop. Many SCCA race cars began life as this model, given that the engine was particularly receptive to tuning. The car was still quite Spartan, with a pull-cable starter, and weighed only 1,400 lbs. In stock form, it topped out at 92 mph.
Early 1960s Midgets are best driven with the top down, as assembling it takes long enough to get drenched, and it does not seal well when it is in place. The ideal owner will be shorter than 5 feet 8 inches tall and weigh less than 150 lbs. Check for crash damage, and rust, or a noisy first gear are deal-breakers. Avoid tube shock conversions on the front suspension. The lever shocks are the top A-frame struts so when the shocks are worn out, the front end needs to be rebuilt.
Although the cars aren’t substantial, fuel consumption is an estimated 40 mpg and the cars have an undeniable charm. Prices have also remained low for decades, meaning that it is ultimately hard to go wrong with one of these cars. Still, with a minimal amount of due diligence, it is almost impossible to go wrong with one of these cars.”
A long-time owned early non-nonsense version of the MG Midget with plenty of accessories in a stunning red-over-red combination. The numerous awards speak for themselves that this Midget is a non-excuses example. About the only thing we notice is the twelve-year-old restoration is beginning to show its signs of aging on the seats as they appear faded. No harm, no foul in our opinion as it only adds to the charm. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“You are looking at a numerous award willing 1964 MG Midget side curtain classic car. This car runs and drives great. Complete restoration done about 12 years ago. This beautiful and fun MKI includes fully restored 1275cc engine sporting perfectly tuned twin SU’s (replaced the original underpowered 948 with the absolute look-alike 1275). Moto wooden steering wheel and wood shifter nob (original Bakelite nob with shift pattern also included). Front disc brakes. Petronix ignition. New and correct radiator. New master cylinder. Polished stainless steel knock off hub wheels with Michelin rubber. All gauges work as they should. In fact, Everything works as it should, including period correct Lucas Bakelite plug wire ends. Sale includes 2 soft tops (one black one red), black tonneau cover, jack and spare, wooden knock off hub tool, both side curtains, and many other extra spare trim parts. Shop Manuals. Also comes with numerous First, Second, and one Third Place award from the prestigious British Invasion annual all British car show in Stowe Vermont. Car is currently registered in New York State under original 1964 “World’s Fair” plate. Plate comes with car. I’ve personally owned this car for over 25 years. This car is a more than just a “Must See” car — it’s a “Must Drive Car!”“
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