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ROAD TESTING THE M.G. MIDGET 1962
BY JOHN B. BALL – ILLUSTRATED BRISTOL NEWS.
MIDGET SPORTS CARS and the name M.G. gone together since the first of these cars were produced in 1929. Since then no less than seven versions of an M.G. Midget have been produced, and it had a very warm welcome return when it was announced in the summer of 1961 that yet another mark of Midget should be available. B.M.C., no doubt learning from the experience obtained from the Mark I Austin Healey Sprite, have now produced this new effective, attractive, and comparatively cheap sports car.
The exterior line of the Midget gives one the impression that it is probably a more powerful and a much more expensive car than it really is. Its elegant front end, in many ways reminiscent of the Fiat sports cars, sweeps back in straight, graceful lines, to a rather square rear end. This squareness is in no way a criticism, for it has been proved many times, both on and off the racetrack that a square back is particularly aero-dynamic, and in the case of the Midget, is particularly well styled and finished.
Certainly the worst criticism I could find with the M.G., and there is, I am sure, no answer to this, is the tremendous difficulty in getting in and out of the car.
The driving position, once seated, is particularly comfortable. The steering wheel, foot controls and instruments, are well placed and easily accessible. The gear lever and in fact the whole of the gearbox I must give full marks to, for the short stub lever which is mounted by the left hand on the centre combing, makes it possible to make quick and accurate changes throughout the range of the car's capabilities.
Upon moving off in the car, one must stop to realise that one has only a 948 c.c. engine, which, although fitted with twin SU carburettors, develops 46 b.h.p. at maximum revs. It is therefore particularly pleasing to know that the car will travel from a standing start to 50 m.p.h. in as little as 7.8 seconds, and a standing start to 60 m.p.h. in 13 seconds. These times are possibly a little extreme, and one would not normally drive the car this hard, but then it is possible without doing any damage.
Top speed recorded on the test was 88 m.p.h., but it did take some considerable distance to build up to this speed. However, once moving quickly in the Midget, one has no worries about stability, for the car sits very nicely and evenly on the ground, even when encountering rough road surfaces at high speed.
Whilst on the subject of road holding, I must describe what I would call the car’s most likeable asset, and that is its ability to go round corners quickly. One has virtually the same type of effect as driving a dodgem car, for it seems that the car will take almost any corner as quickly as one dare put it into it, and it was found on the test that quite reasonably sharp bends could be taken at speeds between 70 and 80 m.p.h., with the only sensation being a little cant in the car’s body. This, to my mind, is a particularly remarkable achievement, and greatly enhances the car’s safety, and is no doubt due to the combination of independent front coil springs with quarter elliptic leaf springs at the rear. Lever type hydraulic shock absorbers also effectively eliminate any roll that the car may be inclined to give.
No fault could be found with the Lockheed hydraulic braking system. They are of the conventional drum type and seem to be completely effective, no doubt due to the extreme lightness of the body.
Being a sports car, one must expect something in the way of draughts and wind noise. Although the Midget is in no way free of these, I do feel that they have been possibly cut down to a minimum, largely due to the extremely well fitting hood and rigid side windows. The hood, incidentally, can be fitted or removed by two people in a little over a minute— doing it solo however, does take a little longer.
To sum up the M.G. Midget, one would say that it is a particularly attractive looking car with an extraordinarily good performance. It is a car largely designed toward the young enthusiast, and when appealing to this market should be made as safe as possible. In this respect, I think that B.M.C. have taken many steps in the right direction.
Apart from performance and drive-ability, I think that the most amazing thing about the car is its price. At ?650, it must surely be one of the best new car bargains on the road today.
Body Length: 11ft. 4ins.
Width: 4 ft. 5ins.
Weight: 14 cwts.
Engine: 4 cylinders. 948 c.c.
Output: 46 b.h.p. at 5,500 r.p.m.
Carburettors: Twin SU
1:1 Daihatsu Copen ¦
Photo taken in May 2011 - the car is seven and a half years old and still looking fine.
The sticker on the door carries a haiku, a Japanese poem - I take part in a cultural friendship program, as a part of this year's 150 year celebration of German-Japanese relations.
I am a big fan of Japanese kei cars and was pleased when Daihatsu announced the export of their Copen roadster, which was almost 100% identical with the car study/concept car that had been prestented at Tokio Motor Show 2 years before. Not only became such a car available around here, it also had official manufacturer support, a guarantee, and the like. I HAD to get one...
My car is a specimen from the first export series, and one of the first Copen to drive in Germany in private hands (have it since Jan. 2004) at all . Everything is original, it is a slightly modified Japanese Copen with the steering wheel still on the right side and with the original 660cm? turbocharged engine with 68hp - just modified enough to comply with the rigid German legal car standards.
I am glad that I have one of the early export version cars, because this is just as authentic as it can get. 2 years later, Daihatsu introduced a left side steering wheel version for the European market, with a huge spoiler on the trunk lid (much like the 1st generation Audi TT, after instability troubles at high speeds) and a 1.2l 16V engine (which does not need service every 6 months...). More practical, but also much more boring and simply a compromise for European tastes. Boo!
Even though it is small, this is a true sports car. With only 890kg weight (due to lots of aluminium and tailored steel sheets, despite the hydraulic roof mechanism and lots of electric gadgets and an airco) and a low center of gravity, this car is fast and very agile. The German version even runs free and reaches 110mph top speed (the Japanese original is limited) and does 0-60mph in about 10 sec. . The small size increases subjective speed, too, and the turbocharged engine makes a great sound! But you just get no respect with it on the motorways... As a compensation, insurance and taxes are dirty cheap, and it just consumes about 7l/100km, or 39 MPG!
I am very happy with the Copen. It is amazing how much fun you can have with so little of a car, and it even looks good. I hope I can keep it a couple of years!
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