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Friday, April 5, 2013

National Motor Museum: Vintage Cars, Part 2



1930 MG Midget
by Kate Tompkins
I’d already discussed the 1930s Bentley Blower in my post on Beaulieu’s Ian Fleming connection, so it’s on to the 1930 MG M type, otherwise known as the Midget. Wikipedia gives a detailed explanation of the 56 year history of the MG (for Morris Garages) marque.

In brief, the company was founded some time in the 1920s (the exact date seems to be in dispute) by Cecil Kimber, an employee of William Morris. While the company did produce some saloons, they’re of course best known for their long line of two-seater sports cars of which the M type, with its boat-tail, was the first.
1930 MG Midget
by Kate Tompkins

The museum’s website describes it as “basically a hotted up version of…the Morris Minor.” The fabric body (not unusual at the time) kept it light, helping performance. Not surprisingly, these cars were raced.



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