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Return of classics?

Byline: By Ian Johnson

Hot news at present is that there are a number of potential buyers for MG Rover.

One of the most interesting plans is from UK Sports Cars Ltd who have said that they would revive the MG Midget and Austin Healey brand.

If this happened the revival of the Midget would be tremendous for the army of fans this little car attracted.

Back in the late 60s, the Midget was the car to have among the young aspiring sports car owners. It was relatively cheap and very basic but it was a real sports car.

Its roots can be traced back to the 1920s when the M-Type Midget was developed.

This range of cars had culminated in the TF.

By the time TF was laid to rest in 1955, the design was out of date and out of step with what was required

In the late 1950s, yet another basic, cheap, fun two-seater was developed under the Austin Healey badge and was to become known as the frogeye Sprite.

This was further developed with more conventional bodywork and an MG variant called Midget was introduced.

The Midget continued to sell well with only minor alterations until it was finally dropped in 1979.

Many mourned its passing, but in truth it had come to the end of its line and the resources had not been made available to develop a successor.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2005
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