Well, technically the Austin-Healey Sprite was first. That car rolled out of the MG factory a few years before the badge-engineered Midget debuted. But the Midget was in production for far longer —80, compared to —71 for the Sprite. And since the death of the British sports car at the end of the s, the MG Midget remains one of the two least expensive the Triumph Spitfire being the other points of entry into that segment of the classic market.
MG MIDGET 1500cc
MG Midget MKIII technical and mechanical specifications
Jump to navigation. It was based upon the successful Austin Healey Frog Eye Sprite but with significant body changes and similar Sprite versions continued alongside to This was the case as it suffered the most significant changes of any MG of the period. Unfortunately, the choice was one guaranteed to generate controversy, as it was the Triumph cc unit that was fitted to the Midgets market rival, the Spitfire, and Dolomite saloons. This was partly due to the need to have an engine that complied with US regulations and still produce enough power to be respectable. In the Midget, the engine sat in a more confirmed space that dictated some changes to ancillaries that saw a reduced power output and it simply matched that of the outgoing A series cc engine. There were other advantages such as an all-synchromesh gearbox too.
MG MIDGET 1275cc
The first version, announced at the end of June ,  was essentially a slightly more expensive badge-engineered version of the MkII Austin-Healey Sprite deluxe version. The original 'frogeye' Sprite had been introduced specifically to fill the gap in the market left by the end of production of the MG T-type Midget as its replacement, the MGA had been a significantly larger and more expensive car with greater performance. Many existing MG buyers turned to the Sprite to provide a modern low-cost sports car and so a badge-engineered MG version reusing the Midget name made sense. The new Midget differed from the Sprite only in grille design, badging, improved interior trim, better instruments and added external polished trim to justify its higher price. Mechanically the car was identical to its Austin-Healey counterpart, retaining the rear suspension using quarter-elliptic leaf springs and trailing arms from the 'frogeye'.
Jump to navigation. It was based upon the successful Austin Healey Frog Eye Sprite but with significant body changes and similar Sprite versions continued alongside until The cc BMC A series engine delivering a nominal 65 bhp was fitted between and This provided the car with brisk performance for the period allied to very nimble handling that made the car a very quick A to B car, on roads that were still mainly single carriageway with plenty of twists. The engine when originally introduced to the Midget was a leading edge engine, and was very similar to that which was powering the legendary Cooper S to many sporting victories.