1971 MG Midget

Started on Feb. 10, 2003, 2:29 p.m.

Eclectic Motorworks’ Carl Heideman set out to make a Miata-killer of our “rust-free” 1971 Midget.

1971 MG Midget

Specs

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Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:England
Original price: $2280
0-60 time:15.3 seconds
Displacement:1275cc
Stock horsepower:65 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque:72 lb.-ft @ 3000 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:independent, with lever shocks forming upper A-arm (front)
Leaf spring/live axle/lever shocks (rear)
Brakes:disc/drum
Bolt pattern:4 x 4
Wheel offset:20mm
Body width:53.0 in.
Curb weight:1631 lbs.
Wheelbase:80.0 in.

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1971 MG Midget Specs

Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:England
Original price: $2280
0-60 time:15.3 seconds
Displacement:1275cc
Stock horsepower:65 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque:72 lb.-ft @ 3000 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:independent, with lever shocks forming upper A-arm (front)
Leaf spring/live axle/lever shocks (rear)
Brakes:disc/drum
Bolt pattern:4 x 4
Wheel offset:20mm
Body width:53.0 in.
Curb weight:1631 lbs.
Wheelbase:80.0 in.

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