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Think Small: 1965 MG Midget Project

'65 Midget

Here is what appears to be a great low price point project. Sitting in Chaumont, New York is this 1965 MG Midget MK2. Listed here on eBay with a BIN now, are you ready for this? If so, here you go, the BIN is $1,500 or you can make an offer.

'65 Midget engine

The seller says this car had been sitting for 20 year but has been able to get her running. There is an image of a new fan belt with the eBay ad, maybe getting this Midget “running” may have caused the old belt to give up the ghost? The 1098cc is in place with a disconnected battery and missing fan belt. The buyer, at some point, may wish to source a heater air intake hose? Which is very easy to do.

'65 Midget int.

You get crank windows with a Midget but the seats are not included. The car will need a restoration including the front floors, rockers and lower quarters. Besides the seats, it looks complete including the all important oil bath protective coating system. You ask what that is? Some just call that English engineering!

'65 Midget rear

There is clear paperwork for this Midget which was originally triple black. You can see the bumpers in the car and there are other images of the loose-parts with the ad. Can you go wrong of $1,500?

Motor-on,
Robert

Comments

  1. Brakeservo

    This car’s “badge engineered” twin, the Austin Healey Sprite also had wind-up windows. Apart from the grill and the Midget’s side chrome strips, the cars were identical. Interesting little known fact, after about 1968 BMC changed the name of the Sprite from Austin Healey Sprite to simply Austin Sprite so they wouldn’t have to pay a royalty per car to the Healey family. But 1969 was the last year for the Sprite anyway.

    • jim s

      i think the last model year for sprites was 1971.

  2. John K

    Just the cost of repairing the rust will likely put you upside-down on value. So “yes”, you can go wrong at $1,500.

    • Mark S

      Sometime going upside down on a car is irrelevant if your desire is to do the work and than enjoy the car. This hobby can’t just be about the money. The fact is every time a VIABLE car is parted out or crushed that is one less of that car. Now I agree not all cars can be saved nor should they be but what about the viable and somewhat desireable ones. My guess is in 10 years Most of the pre 90’s cars that are outside will be gone. This model of car will be no exception, IMHO the fact that there are less and less people capable of a do it yourself restoration will excellerate this trend. Maybe that the way it should be.

    • Michael Rogers

      ASSUMING you’re too lazy/stupid to do it yourself! If you are only here to make a buck–sell dope, It’s much easier than getting your finger nails dirty WORKING ON THESE OLD”JUNK’ CARS!

  3. jim s

    i see a parts car only and the seller is taking offers so a deal could be done. interesting find.

  4. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    I guess I’m the eternal optimist. I see a very doable project if you are willing to cut/weld yourself and you don’t mind it not being perfect (consider the cost).

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