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.
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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 its grille design, badging, colour options and having both leather seats and more external chrome trim as standard to justify its higher purchase 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'. A hard top, heater, radio and luggage rack were available as factory-fitted extras. Wire spoked wheels became available.
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MG Midget and Sprite Technical - Chassis dimensions Hi all I'm sure someone on here will be able to help me, I'm looking for some vertical chassis dimensions for the midget. Seaching the net reveals plenty of horizontal and transverse data, dimensions between chassis rails, sills etc but nothing about groung to sill heights, ground to floor pan, ground to chassis rail etc etc. Is it really not that important or is it that the floor is parallel to the ground front and rear and everything else works from that? Neil K series Yes I agree, but can I ask you for any links or info regarding the dimensions you have managed to find, it would be a great help, Thanks, Dennis d drury Hi David Are thes dimensions needed for working on the bodywork of the car or for setting it up on the suspension? The cars are best with the front end slightly lower than the rear.