Equally at home whether being used for racing, rallying, hillclimbing, sprinting, trialling, or auto-testing, these diminutive machines were and are truly competitive, and in talented hands always capable of some giant slaying results.A joy to drive, easy and inexpensive to buy and repair, these little machines represent the ultimate enthusiasts all rounder. The name "Midget" was first used by MG in 1929 ascribed to the M Type, this being MG's first baby sports car based on the then newly released Morris Minor.
It has been said, and justifiably, that the Sprite and Midget as produced by the MG Car Company from 1958 until 1979, provided motoring enthusiasts with by far the most amount of enjoyment, for by far the least amount of money.
One of the most versatile sports cars ever, owners were within days of its announcement, competing successfully with them in all branches of motor sport, and have continued doing so ever since.
Depending upon how bad the car has suffered, new shells are readily available and very good value, being a cost effective alternative to many hours of costly professional welding.
Once the corrosion has been eradicated and thorough modern rust prevention has been carried out and maintained, the problem largely becomes history.
It differed from the Sprite by having a traditional MG style of grille and extra trim, a black instead of white steering wheel, and other small detail differences, the uncomplicated but attractive car bringing under one litre motoring back to MG enthusiasts for the first time since 1936.
This didn't last long though for in 1962 a more powerful version was introduced fitted with a 1098cc 56bhp version of the same engine, and in 1963 further improvements arrived in the form of front disc brakes and better interior trim.
Presumably if you're reading this you are already the owner of an MG, or at least a member of the MGCC, so are familiar with MG's if not necessarily the Midget.
Should that be the case and you've ever wondered what they are like, then this is for you.
The car then continued in this guise with just slight annual cosmetic revisions until 1979 when production finally ceased on December 7th.
Probably the initial and greatest appeal of all Sprites and Midgets is there affordability and very low running costs, but pretty quickly new owners are captivated by the cars pin sharp handling and throttle response.
In late 1974 however the car underwent its final and most significant change, for to keep the model in line with the ever increasing safety and emission rules being introduced in the US, heavy energy absorbing bumpers were fitted along with a 1498cc 65bhp engine from the Triumph Spitfire.