Proper Pictures: 1967 MG Midget Mk III – Sold?

by | Apr 2021 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

May 7, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this MG “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Readers, take note: THIS is how you take great pictures to sell any car! The seller of this 1967 MG Midget Mk III originally listed in April 2021 on Craigslist in Fairhaven, New Jersey followed all of the rules we lay out in our Remember “NOEL” to Photograph Your Car. Specifically, the photographer picked an empty parking lot with a good amount of landscape as a backdrop. They filmed their MG in the early morning hours (one hour after sunrise) before the sun becomes too harsh (one hour before sunset is also okay), and they crouched very low to take the pictures; that’s an admirable feat with a diminutive MG such as this car. Currently offered at $8,900, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Midget priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $4,900 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $11,000.

The Mk I through Mk III versions of the Midget were essentially slightly more expensive badge-engineered versions of the Austin Healey Sprite. The Mk III version featured here entered production in 1966 with three notable enhancements over the prior version. First was a detuned version (providing only 65 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 72 pound-feet of torque at 3000 rpm) of the 1275cc four-cylinder found in the Mini Cooper S. While the detune disappointed enthusiasts, British Leyland feared the more powerful engine would cannibalize sales from MG’s larger and more profitable MGB. The second was a change from a removable convertible top to a permanently attached version that was much easier to use and featured a vinyl cover when folded. The third was the introduction of separate hydraulic master cylinders for the brake and clutch systems, an early sign of safety enhancements that would debut in later models.

We love the custom Emerald Metallic as its a much brighter hue than the typical British Racing Green found on these cars. The wire wheels and the detailed work recently completed that includes a complete engine rebuild likely means the seller will take a loss on the sale of this MG. 

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1967 MG Midget MK III Roadster. Carbureted 65 BHP 4 cylinder motor. 4 speed manual gearbox. Under current ownership since 2012.
Re-spray in non-original color. Currently metallic Emerald. Original was a deeper green and was performed under previous ownership.
Under current ownership the following service/maintenance has been performed:
2/2018-New Interstate Battery. New antenna mast.
5/2017-Replaced fuel sending unit. Replace choke cable and stop.
3/2016-Replaced spark plugs and air filter, adjust carburetor.
9/2013-COMPLETE ENGINE rebuild performed by Mayo Automotive in Red Bank, NJ.
Total cost of rebuild-$6,800.00.

All maintenance and repairs performed by Mayo Automotive in Red Bank. Under previous ownership maintenance and repairs performed by Foreign Cars of Monmouth in Fair Haven, NJ.

Aftermarket Pioneer stereo and speakers professionally installed with aux line in and adapter for iPhones etc.
Aftermarket exhaust also added under previous ownership.
3 spoke steering wheel added under previous owner. Original included.
MG runs and shifts well with no issues. All electronics work properly.
Extra gauges added to include oil pressure, vacuum and volts.
Interior in very good mostly original condition. Drivers seat has some separation of the piping but no tears etc.
Body is average with imperfection, pitting on the bright work, and some areas of chipping and wear, but shows well overall.
Full size spare and tools all present in trunk.
Bridgestone tires in very good condition.

Soft top in very good condition. Also included is tonneau cover and very rare HARD TOP.
Original manual and many records going back to 18k miles.

Odometer shows 30,815, but appears to have rolled over based on examination of maintenance/service records dating back decades.

$8,950
Contact with questions.
No tire kickers, scammers etc. Do not ask for my cell number. Any questions prior to an in-person showing will be answered via this ad.

Show or go: what would you do with this MG Mk III?  Comment below and let us know!

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