Fresh 1310cc Rivergate Engine 1965 MG Midget NO RESERVE EBAY AUCTION 1965 MG Midget Fresh Rivergate Engine (1310 cc) & Other Modifications Rust Free / Affordable Running / Driving California Project ___________________________________ NOTE: Our listings sometimes get rather lengthy. However, we continually hear from out of state / out of country buyers (the majority of our clients) that they prefer the level of detail that we provide. However, if you are not prepared to read multiple pages of description, we ask that you review the "Specifications" on the car along with viewing the photos. Also, if you'd prefer, please call us at 925-846-1451 and we'll gladly discuss the MG Midget and the FREE yellow parts car that comes with the blue car. We'll also be glad to discuss any questions that you may have over the telephone including those pertaining to our "Buy it Now" policies. Yes, the MG's can be purchased prior to the end of the eBay auction. Again, give us a call for details. ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: EACH TIME WE LIST A VEHICLE ON EBAY WE RECEIVE COMMENTS THAT THERE ARE NO PHOTOS OF THE INTERIOR, ENGINE, TRUNK, etc. THERE ARE LARGE NUMBER OF PHOTOS (INCLUDIGN THE PARTS CAR) OF ALL AREAS OF THE CAR BUT, WHEN YOU REACH WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE LAST PHOTO, YOU WILL NEED TO SCROLL TO VIEW THE REMAINING PHOTOS. IF YOU ARE STILL UNABLE TO SEE THE PHOTOS, PLEASE CALL US AT 925-846-1451 AND WE WILL PROVIDE A LINK FOR THE PHOTOS (IT IS A VIOLATION OF EBAY POLICY TO LIST THE URL ON THE EBAY LISTING). HISTORY We owned this particular car in the 2001 / 2002 time frame and, in fact, entered the car in the California Melee one of those years. At that time, the car had a tired 1098cc engine that we managed to, well, "grenade" the engine during the event. It's a long story but we'll omit the details to save ourselves further embarrassment. The car was (and remains) a very solid California car with virtually no rust and is finished in its factory original blue, a color (shade) rarely seen on the mid-60's Midgets / Sprites. It was lacking some of its trim (and still is) but it had considerable potential (and still does!) when we sold it to its new owner 7+ years ago. He purchased the car with the hope of bringing the car back to its former glory. His plan was to install a street / race motor and make the car a fast road car with minimal equipment / creature comforts. Unfortunately, as a result of his personal circumstances and the economy, things have changed and, as a result, we purchased the car. Since then it has remained in our showroom and we have debated about using the engine for our personal Classic Cars Ltd. Morris Minor van. However, we have come to the conclusion that the MG is too good cannibalized and that our Morris is too original to alter its originality. So, the MG is being offered as a project with a wide range of possible uses. Please keep in mind that while this car falls into the project category, it is currently licensed and registered (Clear CA. title) in California. The MG is not street legal at this time. The car is being sold as an off-road vehicle since it does not have the required bumpers and other, miscellaneous street equipment. However, we have a parts car that has many of the needed "bits" necessary to bring the MG must closer to fully street legal (more on that later). We see a number of possibilities for the MG Midget. With a few improvements the car could become a regular, usable street car. In fact, the cars previous owner was driving the car "As-Is" despite the cars technical lack of compliance to a few California DMV codes. The addition of a front and rear bumper (or bumperettes of some kind), turn signals and seat belts and wipers would make the car legal. If you're looking for more creature comforts, the addition of some of the rear carpeting (the front carpet is in place) and addition of a top frame / convertible top would make the car more usable/drivable, especially in areas where the weather is less predictable than her in Northern California. Going in the opposite direction, the car could very easily be converted to a solo (autocross) car with some suspension "mods", roll bar and other safety upgrades. With additional effort, what about a full blown vintage race car? In its current condition (with the "street upgrades") mentioned above, the car would make a great road / rally car as we learned during our California Melee experience. With this fresh, higher horsepower engine the car should provide considerable reliability and be an absolutely blast to drive. ENGINE / MECHANICAL UPGRADES A fully rebuilt Rivergate engine (with an installed cost of $6,000.00~) including an aluminum head, NEW carburetors and much more. Specifically, the specifications include: ENGINE ? Completely Rebuilt Rivergate 1275 cc Engine (Less than 500 miles) ? Rebuilt 1275cc Sprite/Midget motor, bored .030" over to give 1310 cc with performance modifications, 9.0:1 compression. - Aluminum Cylinder Head - Improved flow and performance, Stellite valve seats, 19 pounds lighter than stock, ready for no-lead fuel, bronze valve guides - a beautiful, functional addition to Sprite/Midget ($725.00) - All Rotating & Reciprocating Parts balanced - 276 Cam - Lightened flywheel - modest lightening for street application - Aluminum Cylinder Head - Improved flow and performance, Stellite valve seats, 19 pounds lighter than stock, ready for no-lead fuel, bronze valve guides - a beautiful, functional addition to Sprite/Midget Note: A cost of +$725.00 price in addition to the cost of the engine and rebuild - Bronze Valve Guides, in iron head (+$50.00) ? Additional Options on this engine: - New Pressure Plate - should be purchased if balance option is chosen, so it can be balanced with all other rotating parts (+$69.00) - Convert to 11 studs - Requires Aluminum Cylinder Head and ARP studs (+$75.00) ? Convert to use unleaded fuel -- bronze valve guides & Stellite valve seats & valves (+$140.00) ? Head Stud Set, includes rocker studs (+$125.00) ? Main Stud Kit (+$70.00) ? Flywheel Bolt Set (+$18.00) ? Rod Bolt and Nut Set (+$106.00) ? Additional recent upgraded items include: ? Clutch and all related needed components ? Maniflow intake manifold & complete exhaust system ? Recored radiator ? Oil cooler ? Conversion to 12 Volt alternator ? Petronix "Dizzy" ? NEW SU carburetors with ATP street modifications / upgrades OVERALL CONDITION / STRENGTHS ? Runs & drives very well with professionally rebuilt 1275 cc (.030 over) - now 1310cc ? Excellent oil pressure - 75+ lbs at idle ? Excellent transmission, clutch & brakes ? Headers and new exhaust system ? Nice driving car with very good power ? NO rust ? California car ? Straight Body ? Clear transferrable title - Licensed & registered in Ca. ? Very good gaps (trunk slightly misaligned) ? Custom louvered hood ? Factory original color / paint (including engine bay, trunk, door jambs, etc.) ? Includes complete interior trim panels (new) not including seat kit (a $299.00 value from Moss) ? Driver's seat is Corbeau style (could be fastened more securely) ? Dash not cut up ? Generic bucket seat on passenger side - Not fastened at all ? 3-spoke leather wheel ? Factory wire wheel car (painted black) ? Good matching tires ? Wire wheels painted black / chrome center spinner ? Runs & drives very well with new engine, clutch and related components OPPORTUNITY AREAS (NEEDS) - FOR BLUE MG MIDGET ? Parts of the interior carpet require replacement (front mats in place) ? Non working windshield wipers ? Needs front turn signals (currently have screened "vents" for cooling) ? Needs front & rear bumper (parts car has usable rear bumper) ? No side windows (completely removed and not included) ? No convertible top or bows ? No spare, jack tools ? Some gauges don't work (Smith's oil pressure gauge and under dash water temp ARE functional) ? Rear "cut-off" on passenger rear fender is not functional. PLEASE NOTE: The car shown (yellow in color) toward the end of the auction is also included in the bid price of the blue, 1965 MG Midget. It is a rolling parts car and does not have a title although it is a California car. The description (caption) under the photos will provide some idea of the details of the car, drive-line, etc. MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION ? *Inspections of the blue MG and the parts car are encouraged to assess for yourself what parts are usable and appropriate based on your plans for the Sprite. Telephone calls are also encouraged to discuss the car in greater detail prior to bidding / purchase. ? Of course, shipping / transport of the vehicles is the responsibility of the purchaser. The blue car is very drivable and the yellow car is a "roller." ? We will store both cars for no longer than 2 weeks due to space constraints in our showrooms. ? We have some additional photographs and would be glad to provide specific photos for seriously interested prospective buyers ? Please do not ask "What is the reserve?" We will gladly discuss the car with interested buyers and answer any questions about the car, shipping, the asking price, etc. However, we will not respond to questions online about the reserve amount. PURCHASING A COLLECTOR VEHICLE - THINGS TO CONSIDER As always, we recommend that you carefully review the seller's background of any collector car being sold over the Internet. We believe that it is important to ask yourself a number of questions including, but not limited to: - How long have they been in business? - How much experience do they have with collector cars? - How many positive collector car vehicle sales have completed (positive EBay feedback)? - How detailed/complete is the description of the vehicle? - Do the photos show details of the interior, exterior, top, chrome, etc. or are they simply "Glamour Shots" taken from a distance? - Does the seller have a surety bond to protect the financial transaction? - What about insurance, licensing by the state, and a local business license? - Does the seller (if a business) have any DMV (Motor Vehicle) complaints and/or other history of legal action, grievances? - Do they enjoy a favorable local and national/international reputation? - Can the seller assist with funding sources, transport and out of state/country sales? ABOUT CLASSIC CARS LTD. * Classic Cars Ltd. has been in the same, small, California town for over 16 years. We operate a small, indoor showroom, and specialize in the sale, consignment, and purchase of sports, high performance and specialty vehicles of all types. We have a particular interest in sports cars and unique vehicles. * The majority of our vehicles come from local, private owners and collectors, and many were sold new in California. We appreciate that rust free cars, with excellent documentation and history are especially attractive to our buyers both locally, and around the country. As a result, we do not purchase our collectible cars from "distressed" sales, such as wholesale auctions, salvage sales, or lien sales. We do not sell vehicles with salvage titles, or those that have a history of significant accident damage or repair. * We are fully insured, bonded, and licensed for collector car sales all over the United States/World. * We are fully insured and licensed for collector car sales * Classic Cars Ltd. carries a $50,000 Surety bond to cover financial transactions * We enjoy excellent relationships with a number of transport companies and, as a result, can often times obtain preferred pricing for vehicle shipping. Please give us a call and we will be glad to refer you to suitable transport companies. Needless to say, we would recommend a quality, enclosed transporter that is experience with moving high quality, collectible cars. * We frequently sell vehicles to out of state buyers / out of country buyers, and are proud of our 100% positive EBay feedback ratings on 570+ transactions. Please review our EBay feedback for specific comments on our service to our customers. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION * In addition to the purchase price, California buyers will be subject to sales tax, documentation fee, and DMV transfer fees. Out of state buyers will be responsible for the purchase price of the vehicle with any taxes/fess paid in their respective state. * IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE...If the vehicle is delivered or driven in California, sales tax and other license, registration & transfer fees for California buyers. * We encourage telephone calls to discuss in greater details the condition/specifics of this MG project and parts car. Often times, it is difficult to fully describe the quality of a vehicle but we welcome "walk around" telephone discussions in order to answer any questions that you may have. * We will be glad to discuss a sale of the car prior to the end of the listing on eBay, and ask that interested parties call us at 925-846-1451 for additional information/specifics. * Please review our feedback on EBay (user name never22many) for our history of successful sales to out of state/country buyers. Our feedback consists of a total of over 570+ positive transactions on EBay. * As with any collectible vehicle of this vintage we are unable to provide a warranty or guarantee of condition. However, we make every effort to accurately represent our vehicles, and highlight both positive items as well as areas that require attention. We ask that prospective buyers consider our eBay history/feedback, standing in the community, length of time in business, and other factors when purchasing a collectible vehicle from Classic Cars Ltd. Finally, please keep in mind that, as with any used vehicle (especially one that has survived for over 45 years!), minor cosmetic issues/flaws may be present that add to the "patina" of the car and are a part of even the best restoration of a vintage/collectible vehicle. Thank you, Classic Cars Ltd. 925-846-1451 Specifications: Body Type / Style:Convertible Exterior Color:Blue Interior Color:Black Engine:4 Cylinder Transmission: 4 Speed Manual Mileage:Brand New! Drive:Rear Doors:2 Equipment: Alloy Valve Cover Factory 4-Speed Freshly Rebuilt Transmission Freshly Rebuilt Transmission Front Disc Brakes Wire Wheels Rust Free California Car Original Color / Paint Californina Melee Participant Straight Car Licensed & Registered in CA. Very Strong Mechanically Stright Body actory Wire Wheel Car Rear to Front Rear to Front - Dr. Side No Rust in Lower Rockers Includes Interior Panel Kit Right Rear Quarter Panel Front Right Lower Fender Dorr - Passenger Side Windshield - No Cracks Custom Louvres - Stock Hood Entered in Melee's In Our Showroom These Seats Come with Car Interior Dash #1 Dash # 2 Rear Cargo Area Light Surface Rust ONLY No Rot / Rust Through NO Rust Engine with 500~ Miles See Specs - Nicely Built! NEW CArburetors (Not rebuilt) Newley Recored Radiator New Exhaust VERY Strong Engine / Trans. Yellow Parts Car Incl. Not Pretty - Lots o' Spares! NO TITLE - Ca. Car Rear Bumper in Place Spare Fenders & More 4 Extra / Good Wires Front Disc Brakes Good Wheels Door Good Pass Side Rear Rear #2 Rear Right Side Trim on Car Wire Wheels Interior Good 1098cc From Running Car Engine Rebuilt (Receipts) Good Transmsision Left Front Frame Rail Bent Engine Not Bolted In AS-IS SOLD WITH BLUE CAR PACKAGE DEAL! Includes Misc. Exterior Trim Great Potential!! Terms & Conditions 25% of the total winning bid is due within 72 hours of the end of the auction. The remaining balance is due within 7 days of the close of the auction. In addition to the winning bid/agreed purchase amount the buyer of this vehicle will be subject to a $195.00 fee for processing/administration. The charge will apply if the vehicle is purchased through ebay or before or after the auction, directly through Classic Cars Ltd. Since this vehicle is listed for sale elsewhere, we reserve the right to end the auction at anytime due to prior sale of the vehicle. We will be glad to discuss the sale of the car prior to the end of the eBay auction. Inspections of vehicles (by appointment only) must be completed within 24 hours of the end of the auction. Out of state buyers are responsible for the high bid and any shipping costs. California buyers are subject to the appropriate sales tax, DMV transfer, and fees associated with the purchase of any used vehicle sale in the state of California. We mail, via Priority Mail, transferable documents within 48 hours of the transfer of funds unless, of course, the transaction is local. While shipping and transportation costs (if appropriate) are the responsibility of the winning bidder, we can assist with locating a suitable transporter. We regularly ship cars all over the USA/World, and can often times locate very competitive rates for transporting vehicles door to door, to a local terminal, enclosed, open, etc. Please call us for specific information/rates to your location. We meet some great people and fellow enthusiasts, and only rarely do we have problems with non-paying bidders. Please be certain that you are prepared to buy the car if you bid, or call us at 925-846-1451 before the end of the auction if we can answer any questions. If you have a "sunglass" rating or fewer than 10 feedback ratings on eBay, please call us before you bid so that we can discuss the bidding process, etc. If we do not hear form you, we reserve the right to delete your bid. Thank You & Happy Bidding Classic Cars Ltd.