Sunday, February 7, 2016
3-Cyl Suzuki Turbo: 1972 MG Midget
The MG Midget started life on a shared platform with the Austin Healey Sprite...actually it was a bit more than simply shared parts -- the only measurable difference between the two cars was the shape of the badge. By 1972 the Sprite has been discontinued, but the Midget survived with a low compression engine -- but today's example isn't anything near stock. Find this 1972 MG Midget custom offered for $8995 in San Gabriel Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The first thing that jumps out of the page is that a stock '72 Midget would have chrome bumpers, and while this one doesn't have the disfiguring black things that cover most US market '74+ versions, it does have a strange almost-body colored setup.
Gone is the original A-series 1.3 liter inline-4 and in its place is a 660 cc Suzuki 3-cylinder engine that is boosted with a turbocharger to 85 horsepower according to the seller. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and should make for a lively driving experience.
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