• Sep 29, 2006
On the outside, it looks like a lightly-customized '78 MG Midget. Reader "wgregoryw" removed the little green roadster's horrendous rubber bumpers and made his own new grille to cover the holes left behind. Without the front bumper, the car's flat nose and large openings give it a racy look, but as much as we like that aspect, that's not what made it today's RR of the Day.

The hidden feature that clinched that is the late-80s Mazda RX-7 rotary sitting under the MG's bonnet. The engine dynos at 200 horsepower, and when you consider that the Midget only weighs around 1600 lbs by the owner's estimate, that's enough juice to give the car some real zip. The owner bought the it from an auto broker friend who, along with some other guys, had been buying rotary engines from Japan and putting them into various cars. This is the one "wgregoryw" wound up buying.

Cool car. Cool story. It's this week's final RR of the Day.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      nice. I like the B model better but this would be a blast to drive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but those rubber-bumper and emissions strangled MGs of the 1970s...
      • 8 Years Ago
      anyone know the engine code or what modifications he has done to it? Seems like a fun project indeed
      • 8 Years Ago
      Midget is correct..people of small stature may be comfortable riding in one of these, but .....
      If you're a full grown adult male, it definitly takes some manuvering to get into one of the seats...then it's down right scary riding in one.I'll never do that again.
      200hp pushing 1600lbs may exillerating... but not for me.I value the years I have left.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Midgets look like mini AC Cobras with the bumper removed (or when they fall off, whichever is sooner). Here's a not very interesting story:

      I had a Midget in the late eighties and one day the accelerator cable broke. Instead of closing the throttle, no cable meant the throttle was always fully open. Because the car had so little power, I was able to drive it like this for a month without any major hassles. Start the car, ram it in first, straight to third and let the torque gently take you up to speed. There, I told you it wasn't very interesting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why not put the rotary in a 1st generation Miata. Then you wouldn't have to deal with Lucas aka Prince of Darkness electical system prominent in Britsh sports cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Having owned one MG (MGA) and one 85 RX-7 GSL-SE, it will be hard to vote against this one later this week.

      When I owned the RX-7 I kept having this recurring idea of putting a rotary in my little four-banger S-10 Xtreme.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My first new car was a '77 MGB, Mallard green with camel interior. Wire knockoffs and those big black bumpers. Lucus cost me a lot of money on that car. I only had about 36 thousand miles. Sold it not running. Replaced everything we could think of and yet it still would not charge the battery. The engine ran off the battery and not the alternator.Ghost? Fun to drive when it ran.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it's effing awesome! I've also had urges to stick rotaries into cars they were never intended for, but lack the capital to fulfill strange urges like that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Awesome, but not very PC. I believe it should be called a "Little Car".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Different, but not special.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Effing awesome indeed. Hearing that 8,000 rpm rotary shriek in a car scuttle-shaking down around your elbows must be equal parts joy and terror.