1972 Mg Midget

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Mg Midget a sort after rear wheel arched version one of the best restored Mg Midgets we seen in many years the bodywork has been done to a very high standard it has been professionally resprayed, new wheels fitted and tyres, brand spanking new interior and carpets, brand new convertible roof and lots more new parts all-round. a really stunning Mg Midget with nothing to do. The car really does feel special . On close inspection the car will not disappoint.

MG Midget MkIII (1966–74)

Round wheel arch MG Midget on Autotest
The engine grew to 1275 cc using the development seen on the Mini-Cooper ‘S’. Enthusiasts were disappointed that this was a detuned version of the 76 bhp (57 kW) at 5800 rpm Cooper ‘S’ engine, giving only 65 hp (48 kW) at 6000 rpm and 72 lb⋅ft (98 N⋅m) at 3000 rpm. A reduced compression ratio of 8. 8:1 was used instead of the 9. 75:1 employed on the Cooper S engine. The Midget used the 12G940 cylinder head casting that was common to other BMC 1300 cars, whereas the Cooper ‘S’ had a special head with not only larger inlet, but also larger exhaust valves; however, these exhaust valves caused many ‘S’ heads to fail through cracking between the valve seats. The detuned engine was used for reasons of model range placement – with the Cooper ‘S’ spec engine, the Midget could have been faster than the more expensive MGB. The hydraulic system gained a separate master cylinder for the clutch. The hood was now permanently attached to the car, with an improved mechanism with easier operation.

In late 1967 (1968 model year), US-spec cars received several safety additions: a padded fascia (dashboard) with smaller main gauges, collapsible steering column, scissor-type hood hinges, a third windshield wiper, additional side marker lights, and anti-burst door latches.

In Dec 1968, beginning s/ n 66236, the rear axle gear ratio was increased from 4. 22:1 to 3. 90:1, giving 16. 5 mph (26. 6 km/ h) for every 1000 rpm. This increased final drive ratio gave better fuel economy, but reduced acceleration.

MG made minor facelift changes to the body trim in late 1969 (1970 model year), with the sills painted black, a revised recessed black grille, and squared off taillights as on the MGB. The 13-inch Rubery Owen “Rostyle” wheels were standardized, but wire-spoked ones remained an option, fitted with either 5. 20×13 Crossply tyres or 145HR13 Pirelli Cinturato CA67. These revised cars were initially presented with a matte-black-painted windscreen surround which proved so unpopular, the Midget reverted to brushed its original brushed alloy after only a few hundred had been manufactured.

In August 1971, the compression ratio on North American engines was reduced to 8. 0:1. Engine power output fell to 54. 5 bhp (41 kW) at 5500 rpm and 67 lb⋅ft (91 N⋅m) at 3250 rpm.

Facelift MG Midget with new grille, black sills
The square-shaped rear wheel arches became rounded in January 1972. Also in this year, a Triumph steering rack was fitted, giving a gearing that was somewhat lower than earlier Midgets. A second exhaust silencer was also added in 1972. Alternators were fitted instead of dynamos (generators) from 1973 onwards.

Seven months into the 1974 model year, oversized rubber bumper blocks, nicknamed “Sabrinas” after the well-endowed British actress, were added to the chrome bumpers to meet the first US bumper impact regulations.

The round-arch Midgets with chrome bumpers marketed for model years 1972-1974 started leaving the Abingdon factory in late 1971. Between 1966 and the 1969 face lift, 22, 415 were made, and a further 77, 831 up to 1974.