RetroMarques Ltd is pleased to offer for sale on behalf of the owner 1974 MG Midget MkIII: ‘XPF 834N’ ... SOLD


RetroMarques Ltd is pleased to offer for sale on behalf of the owner 1974 MG Midget MkIII: ‘XPF 834N’...

A good quality example of the ever-popular MG Midget – an ideal ‘starter classic’, looking very smart in white paintwork and Rostyle wheels and with an Ivor Searle engine fitted. A local Midget, restored some years ago by the owner and now for sale after his passing away, sadly. Cared for by his restoration co-worker – a local motor engineer – since then and very lightly used, we have now serviced the Midget and then MoT tested her, so we have good knowledge of this Midget’s condition and recent work.


  • Chassis No: GAN5 146435G
  • Eng No: RS 76974 (Ivor Searle)
  • First reg: 5 Sep 74
  • MoT test: July 2021
  • Mileage: 65,536 (less than 500 miles since restoration in 2009)

In the present ownership since 2009 (husband and wife), there is a neat history folder showing all expenditure and MoT certificates during that time, but also some additional history back through previous ownership to 1985.

Whilst there is no paperwork for the Ivor Searle engine, the factory have confirmed that it is an early-mid-2000s engine, a standard 1275cc and with the unleaded cylinder head conversion. We can also see from the MoT certificates that the engine has very little mileage on it, so that all bodes well.

Whilst no ‘trailer queen’ this round wheel-arch Midget is very smart in white and barring the odd, small chip here or there presents very well – a nice tidy driver Midget. The shutlines and panel-gaps are particularly good for a Spridget and as will be seen from the photos of her on the ramp, the underside and wheelarches are in very good condition indeed, so no concern at all re corrosion!

In the cockpit, everything looks smart and appears fully serviceable with no obvious damage or work needed, although the leather and alloy steering wheel could use a little leather dye/treatment to bring the black back perhaps. There are some upgrades too with receipts showing new carpets and leather seat covers (and foams) in 2013 and a tonneau cover with centre-zip (the hood and frame is presently off the car).

In the boot is the spare wheel – a matching Rostyle – a jack and a car cover. The new owner may wish to fit carpet but that’s very much personal preference. The boot floor is again clean and tidy with no sign at all of corrosion.

Overall a very usable RWA MG Midget MkIII and benefitting from the Ivor Searle engine and smart, comfortable leather seats. Not only looking very nice but driving well too. She starts easily, smoothly into gear and pulls away strongly. The engine feels smooth and strong with good oil pressure and low/normal water temperature, even and strong brakes and direct, slop-free steering.

The extensive history file is very welcome (you can’t ‘buy’ history!) and the car cover and tonneau make for a great starter classic package! Now freshly serviced and with 12 months’ MoT, this is a good quality, ‘drive-away’ MG Midget MkIII.

Price: SOLD

Please contact Mark Knight for further details or to arrange a viewing and test drive (by appointment only please as I am often off-site)

Tel: 07791 417256 or Mark@retromarques.co.uk