First filmed drive round the countryside! She passed her MOT!!!! A few advisories but she is on the road!!! Jump to.
A hero in Dayton, Ohio, named Chuck Bridgman has conducted a rather interesting engine swap in one of the most charming cars from the era of the British roadster. He found a MG Midget with a broken engine big surprise and swapped out its original 1,cc inline-four shared with the Triumph Spitfire for an unexpected powerplant. Despite being a smaller engine designed for a smaller vehicle with half the wheels, this is actually a significant performance upgrade for the car. By the time the MG Midget hit the late '70s, it was choked to just 50 horsepower and 67 pound-feet of torque because of emissions regulations and by just not having a great engine in the first place. The Magna, however, made hp and 70 pound-feet of torque which are still fairly impressive performance numbers by today's standards for a motorcycle that size, if a bit lacking in torque.
Well, technically the Austin-Healey Sprite was first. That car rolled out of the MG factory a few years before the badge-engineered Midget debuted. But the Midget was in production for far longer —80, compared to —71 for the Sprite. And since the death of the British sports car at the end of the s, the MG Midget remains one of the two least expensive the Triumph Spitfire being the other points of entry into that segment of the classic market. Prices have inched up a bit, but value trends show them staying steady for the foreseeable future.