'Mitzi the Midget'

With heavy heart my MG MIdget is for sale. Total mileage in the last 12 months = 11 miles - to the MOT Station and back!

Mitzi is a MG Midget Mk1 and was 'born' in 1963. This is the very rare disc braked model - no door handles or locks! She has only had two previous owners and has covered just over 40000 miles (documented). In 2007 she had a ground up restoration where every nut and bolt was stripped off. Sadly several panels were too badly rusted to be saved and were replaced with new - most notably the bonnet which was made on an 'English Wheel' proof that quality British craftsmanship is still alive and kicking! Notice that there are no door locks or exterior handles - the world was a gentler place then !!! She is no 'garage queen' or collectors investment - she is driven regularly and driven hard - that's what she was made for!!

The car comes complete with custom made tonneau cover that fits around the roll bar struts, full soft top in as new condition and fits over the roll bar, side screens, bumpers, all over garage cover, trickle charger and various other spares.

She has been valued by the MGOC at > £10,000 - she is for sale at £8500

She is fast, noisy, thirsty and desperately uncomfortable on a long journey - but GREAT FUN !!!

The photos below were taken at Cuil Bay near Oban in summer 2016.

If you are looking for a car that has zero issues, needs no fettling or repairs - ready to enjoy this summer that is only going to go up in value then you have most probably just found it !

Serious enquiries only please to davidbanksprivate@gmail.com - I am happy to provide any details or photographs that you may require.

The eagle eyed enthusiasts will spot that the bumpers are missing - they are in the garage! The wheels are Minilites as the originals were too badly rusted to be saved. She has a Tonneau cover for protecting the red leather from UV damage and a full soft roof which just clears the roll bar but she is never taken out in the rain!!

The photos below were taken at Ganavan Sands near Oban a few years before the ones above - she still had the original wheels and the real experts will notice that the wipers park to the 'wrong' side! The roll bar had been removed for powder coating.

There are many changes from standard -

The original engine was a 948cc with twin inch and a quarter SU carbs.

She now has......

  • 1275cc overbored 'A' series engine - totally rebuilt and runs strong and reliably.
  • Well tweaked head and a fast road cam shaft - blueprinted and tuftrided crank and shotpeened and hardened conrods. Flat topped pistons and lightly skimmed block.
  • Single inch and three quarter SU carb for daily use and a single Weber 45 DCOE (which I never managed to tune to my satisfaction)
  • LCB manifold and straight through stainless steel exhaust (sounds wonderful!)
  • Gearbox is standard ratio and was rebuilt will all new bearings and shims - a semi race clutch feeds the power through.
  • Brakes are discs at the front and drums at the back all with hard racing pads and shoes - very effective but squeal like a stuck pig!
  • 4 point safety harnesses fitted for driver and passenger along with electrical kill switch and fire extinguisher
  • Dynamo changed in favour of a 75amp alternator
  • Bigger radiator fitted and high performance water pump
  • High volume electrical fuel pump fitted.
  • She has passed every MOT in the last 10 years - first time !! (She is now MOT exempt)

Performance of the original car - 0-60 if you are lucky with a tail wind - 25 seconds.

Performance now - 0 - 60 takes about 8 seconds. Despite all the tuning the engine still produces good torque, revs freely and is easy to drive.

Miles per gallon - about 25 !!!

Smiles per gallon - millions !!!!