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No Reserve: 1966 MG Midget

Winning Bid:
$15,000

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No Reserve: 1966 MG Midget

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No Reserve: 1966 MG Midget

High Bidder:  jmckellar

Auction Type:  No Reserve

Winning Bid: $15,000 (USD)

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Chassis/VIN:

GAN3L43885

Location:

Lincoln Hills, California

Odometer:

0 (Mi)

Lot Number:

15321099

Engine:

1098cc I4

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

Winning Bid: $15,000 (USD)

High Bidder:  jmckellar

Auction Type:  No Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

GAN3L43885

Location:

Lincoln Hills, California

Odometer:

0 (Mi)

Lot Number:

15321099

Engine:

1098cc I4

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

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Vehicle Story

This red-over-black 1966 MG Midget roadster is powered by a 1,098cc inline-four engine equipped with the original dual SU carburetors and a 4-speed manual transmission. The interior features the original dashboard and door panels and black vinyl bucket seats with white piping. It is located in California and being offered with repair and maintenance receipts, an MG driver’s handbook, a Haynes manual, a parts catalog, a collector’s guide, the original black tonneau cover, an uninstalled header panel and metal bar for a convertible top, and a clear California title in the seller's name.

The MG Midget’s previous owner had the vehicle’s trim removed and the body, trunk and door jambs, and underside of the hood resprayed in red. The original chrome bumpers are at each end of the car. The seller notes some cosmetic imperfections and scratches on the passenger side of the windshield along with the headlights intermittently working.

The car rides on 13-inch wire wheels with knock-off spinners and Dunlop P155/8013 tires, which were reportedly replaced less than 1,000 miles ago.

The black interior features vinyl bucket seats with white piping and aftermarket seat belts. It has the original dashboard, door panels, and steering wheel as well as the original dealer-installed British Motor Corporation AM radio, which is reportedly nonfunctional. The pedal box assembly was repainted in August 2021. A spare tire and the original jack are in the trunk. 

The dashboard houses Smiths instruments, including a 100-mph speedometer, a nonfunctional 7k-rpm odometer, and gauges for the fuel level, coolant temperature, and pressure. The five-digit odometer reads 45K miles, but true mileage is unknown.

Under the hood is a 1,098-cc inline-four engine with the original dual SU carburetors and original engine numbers on the block. In August 2021, a British car repair facility replaced the clutch, brake master and slave cylinders, starter, and starter solenoid. In addition, the shop installed a new distributor cap, spark plugs, and spark plug wires. A compression test was performed and resulted in a reading of 150 lbs for each cylinder. The carburetors were adjusted and disassembled and the pistons, dash pots, and float assemblies were cleaned, but the repair facility recommended that the carburetors be rebuilt to enhance drivability. Further maintenance included lubricating the jets and choke mechanism. The engine is paired with a four-speed manual transmission. According to the seller, the synchronizers are in good condition, but the gearbox does make noise while in the lower gears. The same shop also repaired the flair nut on the clutch hard line.

The underside has a protective coating and floor pans that were reportedly replaced several years ago. The front shock absorbers and rear springs were replaced under previous ownership. Additional images of the undercarriage are provided in the gallery.

Repairs and maintenance receipts and documentation, a Haynes repair manual, a driver’s handbook, a collector’s guide, a parts catalog, an MG banner, and an uninstalled header panel and metal bar for a convertible top are included with the sale of the car.

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Comments & Questions

December 13, 2021
11:19 AM

BID: $15,000

December 13, 2021
11:19 AM

BID: $13,500

December 13, 2021
11:17 AM

BID: $12,000

December 12, 2021
09:40 PM

BID: $10,800

December 12, 2021
05:03 AM

BID: $10,500

December 11, 2021
11:14 PM

BID: $5,200

December 11, 2021
09:40 AM

BID: $5,100

December 11, 2021
05:51 AM

BID: $5,000

December 10, 2021
11:29 PM

BID: $4,500

December 10, 2021
01:04 AM

BID: $4,400

December 10, 2021
01:02 AM

BID: $4,300

December 09, 2021
10:42 PM

BID: $4,200

December 09, 2021
07:34 PM

BID: $4,000

December 09, 2021
05:56 PM
Seller

@DonH – Easy Auto Ship calculator doesn't seem to be working. How much do you think it would cost to ship to North Carolina? Thanks. ...

While it has been a while, I have shipped a number of cars across the USA over the past several years. From what I can find through recommended sources, door to door shipping from my area outside of Sacramento, CA to North Carolina will range from approximately $1,200.00 (open carrier) to approximately $1,700/00 ) enclosed. As mentioned in the ad, the car has a full tonneau cover but, considering the time of year and lack of a convertible top, I would personally utilize an enclosed transport carrier that provides far superior overall service. I will do my best to assist with locating a suitable carrier based on recommendations from local friends in the collector car industry.

December 09, 2021
04:05 PM

BID: $3,750

December 08, 2021
10:53 PM
Bidder

@oneprw – A bit of history... I am a long-time British car enthusiast with a particular interest in small displacement, lightweight cars like the Sprite. I purchased the car after moving to a retirement area outside of Sacramento where British car repair facilities are scarce. I have limited space and have decided to sell the few remaining British cars that I own as my lifestyle has changed and I do not find that I use them as I once did. The headlights were working and now are sporadic (God bless Lucas). The car runs and is very drivable but hesitates, especially on partial throttle. The whine in the gearbox is more prevalent in 1st & 2nd, but in no way affects the functionality of the gearbox or syncros. I have decided to offer the MG at no reserve and, personally would not address the gearbox issue as it does not affect the driveability and exists (existed) in many cars I have owned . When it comes to other minor issues, it would be best for the car to go to someone who understands the realities of 1960's British cars and is in a position to either tinker with or have them repaired. On the good news side, the car represents a very solid example, with a numbers matching engine that is strong and has excellent compression with recent mechanical upgrades. With a little bit of attention, it could be a really fun, reasonably priced MG. Thank you for your interest in the MG. ...

Easy Auto Ship calculator doesn't seem to be working. How much do you think it would cost to ship to North Carolina? Thanks.

December 07, 2021
07:08 AM

BID: $3,500

December 07, 2021
12:31 AM

BID: $2,900

December 06, 2021
08:33 PM
Seller

@Speculator1956 – I’m curious: the “repair facility recommended that the carburetors be rebuilt,” but apparently they weren’t. Why? And even more troubling, a noise is present in the gear box. Could you elaborate on these two (important) issues. I’ll let someone else delve into the intermittent-headlight-operation-problem. Otherwise a very sharp looking Midget! ...

A bit of history... I am a long-time British car enthusiast with a particular interest in small displacement, lightweight cars like the Sprite. I purchased the car after moving to a retirement area outside of Sacramento where British car repair facilities are scarce. I have limited space and have decided to sell the few remaining British cars that I own as my lifestyle has changed and I do not find that I use them as I once did. The headlights were working and now are sporadic (God bless Lucas). The car runs and is very drivable but hesitates, especially on partial throttle. The whine in the gearbox is more prevalent in 1st & 2nd, but in no way affects the functionality of the gearbox or syncros. I have decided to offer the MG at no reserve and, personally would not address the gearbox issue as it does not affect the driveability and exists (existed) in many cars I have owned . When it comes to other minor issues, it would be best for the car to go to someone who understands the realities of 1960's British cars and is in a position to either tinker with or have them repaired. On the good news side, the car represents a very solid example, with a numbers matching engine that is strong and has excellent compression with recent mechanical upgrades. With a little bit of attention, it could be a really fun, reasonably priced MG. Thank you for your interest in the MG.

December 06, 2021
08:04 PM

I’m curious: the “repair facility recommended that the carburetors be rebuilt,” but apparently they weren’t. Why? And even more troubling, a noise is present in the gear box. Could you elaborate on these two (important) issues. I’ll let someone else delve into the intermittent-headlight-operation-problem. Otherwise a very sharp looking Midget!

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