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Official Classification: MG Midget 1500

Built: 1977

First Registered: 1982

Engine Capacity: 1493 cm³

Fuel Capacity: 7 gal – 8.6 U.S. gal – 32 litres

Ground Clearance 3¼” standard – 2½” with sump guard fitted

Overall Length 11′ 9″ – 3.58 metres     Overall Width 4′ 7″ – 1.39 metres     Overall Height 4′ 0¼” – 1.13 metres

Wheelbase 6′ 8″ – 2.03 metres

The 1500, or ‘Rubber Nosed’, MG Midget was produced from 1975 until 1979. The A-Series engine used in the previous 1275 Midget was replaced by the 1493 cc unit from the Triumph Spitfire and a modified Morris Marina gearbox with synchromesh on all four gears. The increased displacement of the new engine was better able to cope with the increasing emission regulations of the time. Although the horsepower ratings were similar (65 bhp – home market) the 1493 cc engine produced more torque. The increased output combined with taller gear ratios resulted in faster acceleration (12 seconds 0–60 compared to 13 for the 1275 cc version) and top speed of 97 mph

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