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'.
MG Midget - Wikipedia
The engine was completely rebuilt about 16, miles ago and has been well maintained since. This transmission effectively makes the driving experience closer to a Mercury Capri than a MG Midget. However, unlike the Capri, the MG is still rear wheel drive. To top it off, the car has a new convertible top and a Smoothlines hard top. I added a wooden steering wheel, because I liked the looks.
MG Midget and Austin Healey Sprite Hardtop and Fittings
Hi all, Just joined the Group as am collecting a midget in a couple of days so hunting information up where I can find it!. Just one question for you folks - I would like a Hardtop for it, and have found that early Sprites would be correct, but do 'most' hardtops fit the later model MG like mine please? By the way, if anyone knows of one I would be interested!
MG Midget and Sprite Technical - Hardtop fitting Do I need to remove my soft top and frame to fit a works hardtop to my Midsget, or can I get away with putting the hood down and fitting it over it? Les l snowdon Yes you will need to remove it as it doesn't go down like the older ones and so will not allow total sitting of the hard top. Bit early in the year to be changing though