Concours Quality: 1976 MG Midget Mark IV 14K Restored – SOLD!
June 27th Update: we’re not surprised at all to discover the listing for this Concours-quality MG Midget we first featured just last week has already been deleted by its author, indicating the seller likely sold the car. This was an immaculate example in just the right colors so we’re not surprised to see it change hands so quickly for what is big money for a Midget.
If you’ve been reading our posts for a while and wonder whether we would ever feature a “Classifind” worthy of rating it a #1 “Concours” example, this fully restored 1976 MG Midget currently listed here on Craigslist in Lancaster, Pennsylvania fits the bill as it appears to be immaculately detailed in a very popular color combination. With only a stated 14,000 original miles the current caretaker and restorer of this car is asking $13,900 for what he states is like buying a brand new 1976 Midget. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his C10 priced $1,800 below the current #1 “Concours” appraisal of $15,700. If you are serious about buying this MG, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller and when you do please remember to mention you saw his MG featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
First launched in 1961, Morris Garage’s (“MG”) Midget was a fun and true sports car that lasted in production through 1980. Although spritely in its earlier iterations, by 1974 the revised Mk IV version added large black plastic bumpers front and rear and increased ride heights to meet new U.S. standards. The increased ride heights affected handling, and anti-roll bars were added to help with the higher centre of gravity. To meet U.S. emission, MG replaced its dated A-Series engine with the 1493 cc Standard SC engine from the Triumph Spitfire, coupled to a modified Morris Marina gearbox with synchromesh on all four gears. The increased displacement of the new engine was better able to cope with the increasing emission regulations. Although horsepower ratings were similar the 1493 cc engine produced more torque. The increased output combined with taller gear ratios resulted in faster acceleration (12 seconds 0–60 compared to 13 for the 1275 cc version) and top speed of just over 100 mph. In the US market British Leyland struggled to keep engine power at acceptable levels, as the engines were loaded with air pumps, EGR valves and catalytic converters to keep up with new US and California exhaust emission control regulations. Home market cars had twin SU HS4 carbs The U.S market’s dual SU HS2 carbs were swapped for a single Zenith-Stromberg 150 CD4 unit catalytic converter.
If you always wanted to buy an MG Midget in 1976 but couldn’t do it then, this may be the next best substitute. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Do you want to go back in time and buy a brand new 1976 MG Midget? Well here is your chance. 14000 original mile car with zero rust sat in a garage for years retaining its original mint interior and zero rust body. Car was completely disassembled down to a body tub repainted everything parts reinstalled with no overspray all seals and gaskets replaced hydraulics new clutch way too much to talk about here. Even retains it original convertible top, boot and tonneau cover. Only serious parties reply I can tell you everything. Restored by me a lifelong Enthusiast of the MG line. Only tasteful mods performed. Car currently garaged in Lancaster Pennsylvania“
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