Austin-Healey Sprite and MG Midget: badge-engineered Brits born to race

18 January 2019
Australia’s fastest and most famous MG Midget was this rare factory lightweight which starred in 1960s production sports car racing and is still competing today with great success in Historics. Note the small lights on the door to illuminate the car's racing number during the night stages of the 1967 Rothmans 12 Hour race at Surfers Paradise.

“It has been said, and justifiably, that the Sprite and Midget as produced by the MG Car Company from 1958 until 1979, provided motoring enthusiasts with by far the most amount of enjoyment for by far the least amount of money,” boasts the MG Car Club.

“One of the most versatile sports cars ever, owners were within days of its announcement competing successfully with them in all branches of motor sport and have continued doing so ever since. Equally at home whether being used for racing, rallying, hillclimbing, sprinting, trialling or auto-testing, these diminutive machines were and are truly competitive and in talented hands always capable of some giant-slaying results.