Monday, April 6, 2020

V8 Powered Monster: 1972 MG Midget

The Shelby Cobra is known for bad shifting ergonomics because the Mustang based Ford V8 and transmission were designed for a car with a much longer hood. Shelby wanted to the V8 mass as far back as possible and the result is a strangely shaped shifter that arches forward like a scimitar to meet the driver's gear demands...and it is even worse when you drop in a T5 transmission. Today's next car takes that paradigm to an extreme and I think it'll need a driver with a 3rd arm growing out of his back to reach 4th gear.  That 3rd arm will also be extremely handy to scratching and/or protecting the enormous steel spherical appendages of said driver. Find this 1972 MG Midget offered for $25000 in Lenoir, NC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1972 MG Midget
condition: new
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 2200
paint color: green
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: convertible
1972 MG Midget Holman-Moody 289engine ported heads Chevy valves T5trans 8.8 ford rear end tube chassis custom coil over suspension 4 wheel disc brakes built by Montster Hot Rods

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  1. Missing a underneath shot would like to see that...

  2. Having owned and enjoyed several MG Midgets and sprites, they were fun to drive but not particularly safe or comfortable, especially in Canadian winters. I remember being in one on the freeway in a snow storm when it got out of control and was turned upside down in the median. The cat was walking around on the hard-top roof and the wine bottles in the truck did not break, but all the gas leaked out and the driver's door was blocked by snow. I got the driver and cat out and was able to leave them in the nearby cop car. Then got the tow truck to turn it over and pull me out of the snow. I then drove it on empty to the nearest exit where I filled up with oil and petrol and drove it home without mirrors or antenna with the cat and driver in the passenger seat. I always had a relationship with that car after that...This conversion makes absolutely no sense to me at all, and I would prefer an auto tranni with tha much power.

  3. Impressive. My gripe is the missing sleeper vibe as I'm no fan of obviousness. Preferences would be a stock hood with all the engineering challenges that implies and no overt race car goodies in evidence until the light turns green. I do like a lot of what I see here but not $25k like.


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