1964 MG Midget Roadster, MKII
Owners: Bernie and Janice Taulborg Collection
Original cost: $1,950.00
Number made: 1964 – 1966: 24,601
Engine, etc.: 67 cu. in.; 55 hp; 4-speed manual; 1,450 lbs.
In the 1920’s, the M-type Midget was developed from the baby Morris Minor. It was a basic, cheap two-seater with sporting pretensions that triggered a whole dynasty of Midgets. It was the Midget that established MG as a manufacturer of sports cars with an excellent reputation in motor sports.
The Midget was produced from 1961 – 1979. The first series was produced 1961 – 1964 and was known as the Midget MKI.
The MKI had a 948cc A-series engine with twin carburetors. The body was suspended in place by a quarter elliptic rear axle from the Sprite. Drum brakes were more than adequate to stop the 46 hp vehicle. When the larger 1098cc engine was introduced in 1962, disc brakes were placed in the front. Wire spoke wheels became available also. It was small, inexpensive, fast, and safe with predictable handling. It was, above all, a fun car.
The Midget was a simple machine with sporty handling but few amenities. The vehicle wasn’t very secure since there were no external door handles or door locks and windows consisted of sliding Perspex side screens. A heater was an optional extra.
To bring the MKII to market quickly and save development costs, it was basically an Austin-Healey Sprite MKII with MG badging.
The Midget MKII was introduced in 1964 and continued production until 1966.
The MKII updates over previous models included wind-up windows and external door handles. The car became more practical. Ride comfort and handling was improved with the introduction of half elliptical rear springs and improved rear suspension. Horsepower increased to just less than 60. The top continued to have a removable frame that had to be erected before the cover was put on.
The MKIII was introduced in 1966.