Meet “Bridget,” a 1976 MG Midget that has been stripped of most of her sheet metal and mated with a Bugeye fiberglass front and rear end.
The result is impressive… it looks 100 percent Bugeye, until you look closely and find a few later components (such as the windshield frame and door handles). There are numerous benefits, however, which I will tell you about below. Ultimately, the result is a great little Spridget you can buy for a lot less than a correct Bugeye set up the same way.
Check out the video below… come for a drive with me:
The car has the original Midget 1500 engine and it puts out plenty of power. Acceleration rivals that of a strong 1275 engine. Front disk brakes are standard, and the Midget four speed transmission is fully synchronized, which makes shifting a breeze for all, including people who didn’t grow up with British sports cars. The half elliptical rear leaf springs, standard in this era, offer a noticeably more plush ride than the quarter elliptical Bugeye rear Spring equivalent.
We didn’t build it, but we’ve gone through this car and improved it extensively. We installed new painted wire wheels and 175 (wider) tires, LED brake and park lights, new Bugeye seats with all new components, new three point retractable seat belts, a new red tonneau, electric fuel pump, aluminum radiator, new rear wheel cylinders and slave cylinder, new electronic ignition distributor and more. We’ve gone through the entire car to optimize it for the next owner. We’ve also installed matching red three-point seat belts and a larger dash mirror.
The engine bay is clean, the underside is clean, the interior is like new, with all new seats and carpet. I had a lot fun driving this car, and you will too. It’s turn-key and ready to enjoy. Give a call or email if you would like us to send Bridget to your home!