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Make/Model: MG Midget
Month/year of manufacture: 1967
Colour: British Racing Green
Engine size/type: 1275cc
Date purchased: November 1986
Pet name of car: “Midget”
The only difference with Cowley cars that I am aware of it that the sump flange on the engine is machined thinner, which makes getting a leak free fitting of the sump even harder than it already would be. All of the 1967 Midgets had an unusual heater layout – this car was built without a heater at all but acquired one at some point in its life. In order to make it correct for 1967 I had to make part of the air inlet myself.
I bought the car in 1986 when I returned home from university, at the time it was in the condition many ’60s midgets fell into, what my other called an “old banger”. I kept it on the road and used it as my only car, including trips to France where my then girlfriend (now my long suffering wife) was working. I always travelled with tools and spares and an expectation of breaking down.
In 1988 I acquired a company car and started a 6 year DIY restoration, after which the car attended many MG Car Club and other classic car events and competed in many autotests. The car was part of the works centre’s BMC trophy winning team 3 years in a row, and won the John Thornley Trophy at least once.
A few years ago the car was involved in a slight accident and as a professional bodyshop could never match the low standard of my home respray the car was taken back to bare metal and professionally painted.
The car is as close to original spec as I can reasonably get it, with the exception of a modern electronic distributor, which is much better at coping with modern fuel.
The first two of these photos show the car at what is now known as the Oxford Mini Plant, formerly the Morris Cowley works where it was built. The car was on display at the recent MGCC meeting.
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