1976 MG Midget
The common belief is that the name "M.G." stands for "Morris
Garages". Whether or not this is true has been the subject of much
debate over the years. While it is much easier to simply accept the
most visually obvious answer to the issue, there is substantial
evidence that it is not true. The other side of the argument states
that M.G. stands for itself and is not an abbreviation, but rather
a name in itself. Evidence for this argument is on the vehicle
maker's plate which always state the full name of the company who
built it. On every M.G. made, it states "The M.G. Car Company",
never "The Morris Garages Car Company". Even looking back to the
earliest days of M.G., one cannot find Morris Garages listed on any
company letterhead or even in the very first M.G. Magazine of
Gracing our halls here at Classic Auto Mall is this mini version of
what could be considered a resto-mod. With a removal of rubber
bumpers, some body modifications, a ground up restoration all the
while bolting on new parts and adding some bling, we have a nifty
little sports car with some modern conveniences.
With every body panel taken off and worked to perfection, then
sprayed with a sky blue enamel, we see now a very straight and true
body. With the gaudy rubber bumpers removed, the car presents as an
older version, and now has no bumpers...but a much cleaner line. A
chromed honeycombed grille framed by dual restored Lucas glass
headlights with beautiful bezels front this car. Stainless rockers
on either side, newly chromed mirrors and a nicely restored
windshield frame are noted. The rear of the car retains its
original octagonal badging on the trunk lid, and original tail
light configuration. The triple windshield wiper configuration is
used due to the small height and large width of the windscreen.
Sport Edition wheels have low profile all weather radials attached
on all four corners. A new black convertible top glides up and down
smoothly and is manually operated.
With the top down one can gaze in to the totally restored interior
which makes use of snazzy black leather wrapped buckets with white
piping. A new dash houses all the correct and essential gauges and
knobs with a few extras. An aftermarket JVC AM/FM/Bluetooth/CD
radio fits snugly into the dash. This is fronted by a billet style
aluminum topped gear shifter. The original carpet remains on the
floor and is worn, especially on the driver's side. New door panels
are installed, and a dual chromed roller has been added.
The stock 1,493cc 4-cylinder engine was completely overhauled, and
now sports a new air cleaner setup, a copper clad heater box,
aluminum radiator, and backs up to a new stainless firewall.
Attached is a 4-speed manual transmission.
Very clean, rust free (amazing its British!!) and totally restored
and looking pristine. Mostly original excepting the rear which was
swapped out for a rebuilt rear.
Having a resto-mod is one of the coolest things one can do these
days with the practice and theory of it being all the rage. This
car definitely fits into the resto-mod category with its shaved
bumpers, engine e mods, and interior upgrades. Having an original
is sweet but having better than original is even sweeter. So, buzz
on over to Classic Auto Mall and have a piece of candy.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 300 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania,
conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and
our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for
more information or to come see the vehicle in person.