Go and try to find a better two-seat roadster than this 1977 MG A
(AKA Midget) for under $15,000. If you like traditional British
roadsters, there are not many more affordable ways to get the full
experience than this wonderful British Racing Green MG.
Thanks to a long-life spent living easy as a weekend car in the
good 'ol US of A, this one doesn't show any of the usual rust
issues that you often find with many of these cars. Typically, the
ones used as daily drivers found ways to rust in the most demonic
ways possible, but this one is straight, clean, and totally ready
to use immediately without any expensive additional work. British
Racing Green is always a good color on these cars, giving them a
traditional, almost expensive look that seems to defy their
diminutive size. Fit and finish are also quite good with panels
that are still straight and clean as they were three-and-a-half
decades ago. The black 'chip-guard' running along its bottom flanks
serves to visually lengthen the car, but until you stand next to
it, you can't really grasp how small and agile this one really is.
Rubber bumpers were standard equipment in the late '70s, but
they're more tastefully done here than on the B, which had its
looks radically altered by federal regulations. The trunk rack is a
practical and stylish addition, and MGB fans will undoubtedly
recognize the luggage rack and amber taillights.
Small on the outside doesn't mean cramped inside. Sure, it's cozy,
but there's adequate legroom thanks to the twin bucket seats.
Reupholstered saddle tan vinyl upholstery looks surprisingly
stylish given the car's modest price in 1977, and the charm of the
back-to-basics design still resonates today. Clear white-on-black
gauges have a no-nonsense look that was typical of British cars of
the period, and the relationship between the stock wheel, shifter,
and pedals was designed by enthusiasts who seemed to know what they
were doing, because it's a joy to drive. The original
AM/FM/Cassette radio is still in the center stack and it works, but
we're pretty sure you'll never use it once you experience the
brawny exhaust note. Overhead, there's a black convertible top that
can be stowed and raised from the driver's seat just by reaching
behind your shoulder, a technique you'll quickly master with some
practice, and it's protected with a matching black boot cover when
stowed away. Even the trunk is reasonably sized and offers a
full-size spare and jack assembly.
Given the car's small size and featherweight curb weight, the 1500
cc inline-four (1493 to be exact) moves it around smartly.
Seriously, the guy in a Miata will tower over you and a Mini looks
like an SUV in comparison, but that's all entirely the point, as
less weight means more performance. Fortunately, the sporty four
cylinder engine is a big over-achiever and delivers a wonderful
exhaust note that will have you shifting gears just to listen to
its snarky bark. It's quite well tended, with all the original
equipment intact and lots of new service items. The 4-speed manual
gearbox offers light throws and a progressive clutch, so shifting
is a joy, and the agile suspension makes carving corners
delightful. This is the car that proves the old adage that it's
more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow, and you can
use every bit of this car's performance without fear or arrest or
high-speed accident. Beautiful wired rims with spinner center caps
are practically standard equipment on British roadsters, with these
wearing 145R13 radials that look right in the wheel wells.
A fun little car that perfectly captures the feeling of traditional
British motoring. Better yet, you can own an excellent example for
what amounts to little more than pocket change. Call today!