By this time however the two models had become identical in all but badge. When the TF's successor, the MGA, was being planned, it was considered the car had by now grown too large to be referred to as a Midget any longer, and so the name was dropped, not being revised until the new semi-monocoque car was launched in The formation of British Leyland in initiated the same sort of cosmetic changes that had also been seen on the MGB for , but the following year saw the arrival of what many regard as the best version that became known as the round wheel arch version. Then, when I was about fourteen, I visited with my dad the workshops of Peter Wood, well known in MG circles, especially for his expertise on MGA Twin Cams, but also very well known for his work with old aircraft too. Rapid development of the overhead cam sports and racing cars through the early 's led to subsequent C ,D, J, P, Q, and R type Midgets, this being MG's most exciting period. X Newsletter Sign Up. Many cars over the years have been messed around with and items swapped from model to model.
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Wire spoked wheels became available. It was at this time that MG was facing increased work load to ensure that the cars met the increasingly strict environmental and safety regulations that were being implemented in the export markets, and in particular the USA. Illustrerad Motor Sport in Swedish. It would be given away as a promotion.
This allowed the fitment of wind up door windows for the first time. This work was such that it severely restricted the resources available for the development of new models. Seven months into the model year, oversized rubber bumper blocks, nicknamed "Sabrinas" after the well-endowed British actress , were added to the chrome bumpers to meet the first US bumper impact regulations. Peter very kindly allowed me to help out on Saturday mornings. The original Sprite's one piece front end had been dropped in favor of separate wings, front panel, and a pancake type rear-hinged bonnet. The bigger engine, capable of producing 66bhp did little to cope with the increased weight of the car so while top speed was slightly improved, all around performance was little better if not worse than that of the earlier a-series unit. A total of 26, were made.
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The original Sprite's one piece front end had been dropped in favor of separate wings, front panel, and a pancake type rear-hinged bonnet. To accommodate this change, the rear bodywork was slightly revised, with the squared off ridge now running all the way around the rear of the cockpit. Depending upon how bad the car has suffered, new shells are readily available and very good value, being a cost effective alternative to many hours of costly professional welding. This engine was chosen as it had previously passed all US emission specification requirements, and it was unlikely the "A" series would without serious development. The square-shaped rear wheel arches became rounded in January This Triumph engine was mated to a fully synchromesh gearbox taken from the Morris Marina range. Coil and wishbone with hydraulic lever arm shock absorbers.
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