1974 MG Midget - Heritage Shell
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A very similar description to the red car I had in last week - that's because it's a very similar car!
Round-wheelarch Midgets are very highly regarded in classic car circles – they are seen to be one of the most fun, enjoyable small British Sports Cars available, and many people say that they’re the Midget to have. This one has been rebuilt using a BRAND NEW body shell from British Motor Heritage, so surely that must make it the best of the best?
The restoration was absolutely comprehensive, and was completed just a couple of years ago. The car has had minimal usage since. The cost of the restoration clearly shows that the standard of work carried out was tip-top. This is the sort of car that Mike Authers, the MG Midget specialist would be asking upwards of £10,000 for - so grab a bargain! The MGOC valued this car in 2014 at £9000, and the values have certainly gone up since then. Just a bare, unpainted shell from Heritage will set you back over £8000.
The car is MOTd until December 2015. The car is also tax exempt.
In one word – fantastic. The car has been painted professionally and everything is exactly as it should be. The doors shut with a satisfying ‘clunk’ and there is no rot whatsoever. Obviously with the fact that the paintwork is now a couple of years old, there are some VERY minor chips here and there, but as you can see from the photos, these are completely un-noticeable to an onlooker. The brightwork is all great with no noticeable dinks or twists. A new front bumper and over-riders have been fitted, and the rears look to be the originals, in good shape.
The engine bay is near-spotless and could be 'detailed' to a show car standard very easily indeed.
Nothing to worry about here – the Heritage shells are dipped before being painted – you’ll have absolutely no worries for years to come! As you can see from the pictures,the underside is all very clean and tidy and could be detailed to 'show car' standard very easily indeed.
Interior Refurbished door cards, new dashboard and instruments, new carpet set, brand new Moto Lita steering wheel - the list goes on! All in all, it looks fantastic! The hood is in good order and a hood cover is included. The hood frame looks to be either a brand new or fully refurbished item.
Engine and Gearbox
The engine has been fully rebuilt with new pistons etc, and the car has had a new clutch. The engine starts readily and runs well, ticking over at around 700rpm, as it should. Exhaust note is lovely and the car pulls and drives as it should. Oil pressure is as it should be, and the car does not overheat. The gearbox has been reconditioned, as has the rear axle.
Suspension and brakes
Again, this has all been rebuilt, so nothing to worry about here.
All in all, this is an absolutely stunning little car that is absolutely ready to be used and enjoyed. You won’t find another Heritage bodyshell car for this price anywhere.