Since the late 1950’s, MG and Austin Healey fell under the auspices of the British Motor Corporation, LTD, or BMC. BMC was one of the first large conglomerates of automobile companies outside of General Motors. By 1962, they consisted of Morris, Austin, Austin-Healey, MG, Riley and Wolseley. Naturally, the BMC top brass wanted to keep costs under control by offering “badge engineered” versions of similar cars. Austin-Healey was enjoying success with its big-six 3000 model and had also had a surprise hit with its little “Frogeye” Sprite roadster (or “Bugeye”, depending on which side of The Pond you’re on). The Sprite was the epitome of minimalistic motoring. It was a stripped down sports car with a tiny 998cc engine, devoid of any luxury items beyond the most basic weather equipment. But it was cute, enormous fun, and above all, cheap. BMC sister company MG wanted in on the action with a junior model to supplant their larger forthcoming MGB. For 1961, a revised version of the Sprite was produced for MG. It had more conservative styling, was slightly heavier than the Austin Healey but was still a cute, light and affordable sports car. By 1962 it had gained the 1098cc engine and front
left-hand-drive 1976 mg midget mark-4 roadster yellow restored convertible
2310 Chaffee Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63146, Missouri
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