A Century of Cars: 15. Solido 1969 MG Midget Mk IV
The first Midget was essentially a
slightly more expensive badge-engineered version of the
Austin-Healey Sprite MKII and retained the quarter-elliptic sprung
rear axle from the original Sprite. The engine was a 948 cc A-Series
with twin SU carburettors producing 46 hp (34 kW) at 5500 rpm and 53
lbf·ft (72 Nm) at 3000 rpm. Brakes were 7-inch (178 mm) drums all
round. A hard top, heater, radio and luggage rack were available as
In October 1962 the engine was increased to 1098 cc, raising the output to 56 hp (42 kW) at 5500 rpm and 62 lbf·ft (84 Nm) at 3250 rpm and disc brakes replaced the drums at the front. Wire spoked wheels became available.
The doors originally had no external handles or locks and the windows were sliding Perspex side-screens. A heater was an optional extra.