With the introduction of the M Type Midget at the 1928 Olympia Motor Show, Cecil Kimber single-handedly created the market for small, cheap sports cars. Selling for £175, Kimber’s new baby was based on the contemporary Morris Minor and featured pretty, boat-tailed, fabric coachwork by the Coventry-based coachbuilder, Carbodies. The 847cc, overhead-camshaft, four-cylinder engine derived from that of the Wolseley Ten, and mated to this little gem of a power unit was a three-speed crash gearbox. Produced initially at Cowley, the Midget proved to be a strong seller and production transferred to Abingdon when the MG factory moved there in the autumn of 1929. M-Types were awarded the Team Prize in the 1930 Double Twelve 24-hour race at Brooklands and this success provided a welcome boost to sales, which amounted to 3,253 cars by the time production ceased in 1933. Capitalising on its Brooklands success, MG produced 30 Double Twelve Replicas, which featured many of the modifications made to the team cars including narrower bodywork and deeper door cutaways, while the racer’s altered valve timing found its way onto the production M-Type for 1931.
This charming Midget was owned and restored over a 30 year period by British enthusiast David Ross, The car was completely stripped and all parts were overhauled, and finally put back on the road in 2009. The Midget was then used for shows and VSCC gatherings in and near Beaulieu.
As David approached his 80s the car was sold via Coys to Germany, from where we have the pleasure of selling it once more. Ijn current ownership the MG has been serviced, the plugs replaced, the ignition tuned, a leaky radiator repaired and the wiring overhauled.
More recently the Midget has featured at the Vintage Car Trophy at the Nürburgring, and also at the Concours d’Elegance in Schwetzingen. Supplied with the correct weather equipment, in addition to much older documentation relating to ownership and restoration works, this is a delightful little sportscar which transports you back to the golden era of motoring – what a treat!