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This is probably the coolest thread on the forum, Nial. Keep them coming!

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Check out the Cortina "peace sign" tail lights on this Sebring Sprite.

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Here's a semi-keen Mk. 1 (Frogeye) Sprite built in California.
The headlamps are a bit too modern for me. And I've never been a fan of high-backed seat fitted to old cars. But I think the hot-rodders would say this is very sanitary.

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Here's a real "duesey" built in the 1970s. It's a Sprite Mk. 1 built for the first fuel crisis. (by the way, I was driving an 850 Mini at that time :D )

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Engine: the original engine was replaced with a 1600cc engine from a Ford Pinto
Engine modifications: the camshaft was retarded 2 notches (making a poor man’s Atkinson cycle); electronic ignition was substituted for the original system (in combination with a wider spark plug gap this permitted running a slightly leaner air/fuel ratio); adjustable on-the-fly carburetor from a Briggs & Stratton lawnmower; belt driven cooling fan removed. Tom (the owner) says it never overheated, even in summer. He could run cabin heater fan if the coolant temperature started to climb. Tires: new for the time radial tires with lower rolling resistance.
Transmission(s): a big portion of the mpg improvement came from adding a manual 3-speed Buick transmission inline (but reversed) with the Pinto 4-speed manual, providing 12 forward gears and up to a 2.5 overdrive. The engine ticked over at just 1100 rpm @ 55 MPH (Nixon speed limit days). Excellent for economy, but requiring more from the driver: “a slight incline required downshifting.”


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But later, it was further modified to look like this:

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A Frog-in-Drag :mrgreen:

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Another 1/4 mile Sprite (two different iterations)

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"Woven" MG Midget. On display as part of an exhibit at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA.

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British Leyland prototype for "new" Midget, based on MG Metro (fwd) economy car. :roll:

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1967 MG Midget with 500hp Chevy and modified Arkley body panels (built in Texas).

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Apparently this is referred to as the "British 4-wheel Café Racer Style". I like it!

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