1967 MG MIDGET - PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED < 2,500 MILES - THE PERFECT XMAS GIFT!
- Location: Pleasanton, California, United States
- Make: MG
- Model: Midget
- SubModel: PROFESSIONAL CALIFORNIA RESTOATION <2,500 MILES!
- Type: Convertible
- Trim: PROFESSIONAL CALIFORNIA RESTORATION <2,500 MILES!
- Year: 1967
- Mileage: 29708
- Color: British Racing Green
- Engine size: 1275cc
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Black
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1967 MG Midget PROFESSIONAL CALIFORNIA RESTORATION <2,500 MILES! description
1967 MG Midget MKII
Desirable 1967 MKII Midget
Beautifully Restored by Bay Area British Car Specialists
High Quality Paint, Body, Interior, & Trim
Subtle Upgrades Include Minitor 8-Spoke Alloy Wheels,
Smaller Leather Steering Wheel, Tasteful Integrated Flares
NOTE: Our listings sometimes get rather lengthy. However, we continually hear from out of state / out of country buyers (many of our clients) that they prefer the level of detail that we provide. However, if you are not prepared to read multiple pages of description, we ask that you review the "Specifications" on the car along with viewing the photos. Also, if you'd prefer, please call us at 925-846-1451 and we'll gladly discuss the MG and answer any questions over the telephone, including about our Buy it Now policies. Yes, the MG can be purchased prior to the end of the eBay auction. Again, please give us a call for details.
ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: EACH TIME WE LIST A VEHICLE ON eBay WE RECEIVE COMMENTS THAT THERE ARE NO PHOTOS OF THE INTERIOR, ENGINE, UNDERCARRIAGE, ETC. OF THE CAR. THERE ARE A LARGE NUMBER OF PHOTOS, BUT WHEN YOU REACH WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE LAST PHOTO, YOU WILL NEED TO SCROLL TO VIEW THE REMAINING PHOTOS. IF YOU ARE STILL UNABLE TO SEE THE PHOTOGRAPHS, PLEASE CALL US AND WE WILL PROVIDE A LINK FOR THE PHOTOS (IT IS A VIOLATION OF eBay POLICY TO LIST THE URL ON THE eBay LISTING).
All of our photos are taken in natural light and we do not "Photo-Shop” the photographs. This restored MG Midget that is being offered at a very reasonable price and represents a wonderful opportunity to experience the joys of British car motoring without a significant investment. The photos accurately reflect the condition of this MKII Midget.
The "madness” is underway in the various auction venues around the country. We often times see a wide range of collectible cars / special interest cars sell for inflated amounts in the "heat of the moment.” This car is offered at a very realistic price and, perhaps most important, is offered by Classic Cars Ltd. that has been in business for 25 years and enjoys an excellent national / international relationship with 975 positive eBay feedback items. We will gladly provide references in addition to those left by customers on a wide range of Internet review sites.
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1967 MG MIDGET
"Pure Fun.” "Classic British Sports Car.” "Affordable, great fun to drive.” These quotes only begin to describe one of the sports cars that played a part in the British car phenomenon of the 1960's. Beginning with the MKI Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget (virtually the same car produced by different manufacturers), the MG was a reasonably priced sports car that was a joy to drive, easy and inexpensive to repair, and accepted as a true British sporting car. While the first generation MG/Austin Healey was very basic with a lack of power and no amenities, by 1967, the MKII had a number of features that made it more enjoyable to drive. Also, the '67 MG Midget was the last of the non-smog cars and is arguably the best MG Midget produced. Specifically, the 1967 MG MKII featured:
- Larger 1275cc engine
- Front disc brakes
- A larger fuel tank
- Newly designed convertible top
- Improved rear suspension including newly designed rear springs
- Roll-up windows
- Vent Windows
- Improved Instrumentation
- Locking Doors & outside door handles
The MG was purchased by its current owner in 2006 and represented an original, solid car in need of some attention. After getting the MG in running/driving condition, he enjoyed it for a few years, and eventually decided to have it restored in order to bring it to a considerably higher level. In order for the car to meet the owner's high standards, the car was brought to a well-known and respected Bay area British car expert in 2009 where it underwent a lengthy restoration that began in 2009 and was completed in 2010, an estimated 2,500 miles ago.
Reportedly, the MG received a bare metal respray, drive-line out mechanical rebuilt (and complete painting of the engine compartment, door jambs, under hood, etc.), new interior, trim, wrinkle finish dash and much more. The quality of the workmanship, including the paint and body, was very well done resulting in cosmetics often seen on the restoration of considerably more costly vehicles. The paint shows extremely well, the car has excellent panel fit, a lovely interior, and strong mechanicals. The new Minitor British wheels and Yokohama tires set off the car beautifully and are in excellent condition and appropriate for the tastefully done, integrated wheel arches that were added at the time of the restoration.
At the time of the restoration, the car was left in largely stock configuration with no changes to the interior with the exception of adding lap belts for safety, and adding a smaller leather steering wheel with functional horn. The seats and door panels were restored, new carpet added, the convertible top bows bead blasted and painted the proper gray color, and the dash properly refinished in wrinkle finish. A new convertible top was fitted including restored top bows in the proper gray color. The top is in excellent condition with a totally clear rear / side windows. The top was not used by the current owner and due to the cold weather did not reach the fasteners at the windshield. Experience suggests that exposing the top to a warm day/sun will stretch it, making it usable.
The body is very straight with no current accident damage, or indications of previous damage. The engine compartment and trunk also show no signs of damage and are extremely solid. The sides, rear and floor of the trunk are free from damage and the trunk bumper supports and rear panel are undamaged reflecting no signs of previous repair.
The attention to detail is impressive and supports the fact that he car received professional attention, not simply an amateur ‽re-do.” In addition to a new interior with new seats, door panels, dash pad, carpet, restored gauges and wiring, attention was also paid to small but important items. The MG received new window felts, door locking mechanisms, rubber trim, cockpit trim, exterior door handles, and replacement of most other interior items. The exterior bright work is excellent including the front and rear bumpers, front grill, and other fasteners, most of which have been replaced with new items. The MG received new exterior emblems and has damage free lenses lights and a functional electrical system including turn signals, lights, and horn. The Midget was inspected by an independent mechanic and passed the required California safety inspection for acceptable tires, brakes, lighting systems.
When the MG was restored, the goal was to not only address the cosmetics, but to ensure a reliable, strong running MG. The engine was rebuilt down to the block including new pistons and all related components. The car received new wiring, rebuilt gauges including repair of the tachometer and speedometer. Electronic ignition was added for reliability, the braking system was gone through and the car received new components, as needed. The engine bay was painted with the engine out of the car and it appears to have all of its original factory style components including air cleaners, carburetion, exhaust system and ancillary items. The engine is clean and free from major leaks although, as with virtually all British cars of this era regardless of quality, some "seeping” can be expected.
As the photos reflect, the underside of the MG is original and solid. The inspection reflected replacement of suspension components, and a straight solid floor pan with no signs of previous or current significant damage or rust/rot. It appears as if the areas where the seat belts are mounted were strengthened for additional safety when the belts were installed at the time of the restoration. The engine and transmission are clean supporting the cars low mileage since the restoration.
The car starts immediately when hot or cold with the use of the choke, even after sitting for a period of time, and does not leak excess fluids, only marking its territory as virtually any British car of this vintage does. Oil pressure is 75 lbs. on start up with excellent oil pressure at operating temperature. The MG shifts well up and down though all gears with excellent synchros in 2nd - 4th gears. There is no noise in the gearbox, or drive-line. The car tracks straight, the brakes are very good, and the emergency brake is functional and properly adjusted.
The MG represents a lovely example of what many believe is the best year of the MG Midget. The car presents very well and has proven to be totally reliable for its owner who saw the car through a costly and comprehensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration.
DETAILED HISTORY - MG MIDGET/SPRITE
It has been said that the Sprite and Midget as produced by the MG Car Company from 1958 until 1979, provided motoring enthusiasts with by far the most amount of enjoyment, for by far the least amount of money. One of the most versatile sports cars ever, owners were within days of its announcement, competing successfully with them in all branches of motor sport, and have continued doing so ever since. Equally at home whether being used for racing, rallying, and hill-climbing, these diminutive machines were and are truly competitive, and in talented hands always capable of some giant slaying results. A joy to drive, easy and inexpensive to buy and repair, these little machines represent the ultimate enthusiasts all around sports cars. A true "sports car" in every sense of the word.
The first 'modern' Midget was essentially a re-badged Austin Healey Sprite MkII which itself was a development from the the original 1958 MkI Sprite, more frequently known as the Frogeye. The MkI Midget, as announced in June 1961 and fitted with a 948cc BMC "A" series engine was quite basic, with a very simple interior, side screens and stowaway hood. However it did just what its creators intended, and offered sporting motoring for minimum cost. It differed from the Sprite by having a traditional MG style of grille and extra trim, a black instead of white steering wheel, and other small detail differences, the uncomplicated but attractive car bringing under one liter motoring back to MG enthusiasts for the first time since 1936. This didn't last long though for in 1962 a more powerful version was introduced fitted with a 1098cc version of the same engine, and in 1963 further improvements arrived in the form of front disc brakes and better interior trim. At this point also the engine received some further refinement by the fitting of larger 2" main bearings; this was in answer to the criticism of the engine being somewhat rough at higher revolutions. In all other respects the car remained as before, but big changes were to be revealed with the announcement of the MkII model in 1964.
This version incorporated a completely new and far more comfortable cockpit, with wind up windows and swiveling quarter-lights, better instrumentation, lockable doors and the option of wire wheels. The biggest change however was to the rear suspension, the quarter elliptic springs being replaced by softer half elliptic's, resulting in a smoother ride.
In 1967 yet more power was available by the fitting of the 1275cc engine. This model, the MkIII, also benefited from a superb new design of folding hood, and a larger fuel tank. It was at this point however that all further mechanical development of the model sadly came to a halt, it remaining largely unaltered until 1974; although from the Leyland take-over in 1968 there were minor annual styling updates.
MISCELLANEOUS GENERAL INFORMATION
- We have been shipping vehicles for years and have established excellent contacts that are not only high quality but very price competitive. We do not use brokers, terminal shipping or other discount methods. Call us or email for a quote directly to your home or office. We are often able to obtain quality enclosed or open at very attractive rates.
- As with virtually all collector/specialty vehicles, we find that parts and resources are readily available for this (and most every vehicle), thanks in large part to the Internet!
- In addition to the purchase price of the vehicle, California buyers will be subject to sales tax, documentation fee, DMV transfer fees and license/registration. Out-of-state buyers will be responsible for the purchase price of the vehicle and any local taxes/fees will be the purchaser's responsibility to pay in their respective state. IMPORTANT NOTE: if the vehicle is delivered or driven in California and driven on California roads, sales-tax, license registration and transfer fees will be assessed per California law.
- We encourage telephone calls to discuss this vehicle in greater detail. Also, if you would prefer that we call you to answer any questions about the vehicle; shipping alternatives, etc. please e-mail us with your telephone number and will gladly get back in touch with you.
- As with any collectible vehicle of this vintage we are unable to provide a warranty or guarantee of condition. However, we make every effort to accurately represent our vehicles, and highlight both positive items as well as areas that require attention. We ask that prospective buyers consider our eBay history/feedback, standing in the community, length of time in business, and other factors when purchasing a collectible vehicle from Classic Cars Ltd.
- Please keep in mind that minor cosmetic issues/flaws may be present on every vehicle (regardless of cost) including small chips, nicks, scratches, and other imperfections that exist on virtually every used car. Also, ownership of a collectible / specialty vehicle is more enjoyable if the owner is familiar with the "realities" of these unique cars. Unlike more modern day vehicles, these cars require regular, ongoing care/maintenance and some mechanical knowledge, patience, and understanding can make the experience considerably more pleasant. That said, collector / "specialty" car owners will tell you (emphatically) that they love their cars and wouldn't trade them for anything!!
- The information contained in this description is believed to be accurate but, in some instances, has been provided by the car's previous owner or other sources. As a result, we are unable to guarantee the accuracy of the information. We encourage verification of ‽numbers” and significant data contained in this listing prior to the purchase of any collector vehicle that you are considering. We also encourage inspections by professional inspectors or prospective buyers prior to the end of the auction.
PURCHASING A COLLECTOR VEHICLE - THINGS TO CONSIDER
As always, we recommend that you carefully review the seller's background of any collector car being sold over the Internet. We believe that it is important to ask yourself a number of questions including, but not limited to:
- How long have they been in business?
- How much experience do they have with collector cars?
- How many positive collector car vehicle sales have completed (positive eBay feedback)?
- How detailed/complete is the description of the vehicle?
- Do the photos show details of the interior, exterior, top, chrome, etc. or are they simply "Glamour Shots" taken from a distance?
- Does the seller have a Surety Bond to protect the financial transaction?
- What about insurance, licensing by the state, and a local business license?
- Does the seller (if a business) have any DMV (Motor Vehicle) complaints and/or other history of legal action, grievances?
- Does the seller enjoy a favorable local and national/international reputation?
- Can the seller assist with funding sources, transport and out of state/country sales?
ABOUT CLASSIC CARS LTD.
* Classic Cars Ltd. has been in the same, small, California town for 25 years. We operate a small "brick & mortar", indoor showroom, and specialize in the sale, consignment, and purchase of sports, high performance and specialty vehicles of all types. We have a particular interest in sports cars and unique vehicles.
* The majority of our vehicles come from local, private owners and collectors, and many were sold new in California. We appreciate that rust free cars, with excellent documentation and history are especially attractive to our buyers both locally, and around the country. As a result, we do not purchase our collectible cars from "distressed" sales, such as wholesale auctions, salvage sales, or lien sales. We do not sell vehicles with salvage titles, or those that have a history of significant accident damage or repair.
* Please review our feedback on eBay (user name Never22Many) representing over 975 positive transactions to buyers all over the United States / World.
* We are fully insured, bonded, and licensed for collector car sales all over the United States/World.
* Classic Cars Ltd. carries a $50,000 Surety bond to cover financial transactions
* We enjoy excellent relationships with a number of transport companies and, as a result, can often times obtain preferred pricing for vehicle shipping. Please give us a call and we will be glad to refer you to suitable transport companies. Needless to say, we would recommend a quality, enclosed transporter that is experience with moving high quality, collectible cars.
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