Mini’s Big Brother – 1965 MG 1100 Coupe

BMC’s Alec Issigonis-designed AD016 platform was sold over a twelve year period as an Austin, an MG, a Morris, an Innocenti, a Riley, a Vanden Plas and a Wolseley with either 1.2 or 1.3-liter versions of the venerable A-Series motor. Over 3 million of these badge engineered little cars were eventually sold, making it one of the most popular British cars in history. In the domestic market, it was only available at first as a four-door saloon, but here in the States we got a two-door version in the form of the MG 1100. It was basically a larger version of the Mini with its 55 horsepower 1098 cc transversely mounted engine and front-drive layout, but is also notable for its hydrolastic suspension.

This 1965 left-hand drive example out of Penn Valley, California is a refurbished car with 26,000 miles on an overhauled motor (odometer showing 44,000) and two years on a repaint and redone interior. Everything except the speedometer is advertised as in working order, and it’s had some more recent work done including a new voltage regulator and an oil change. If you’re looking for an attractive, economical and seldom seen driver (in America, anyway), there are a lot less interesting choices than this.

Check out the 1965 MG 1100 Coupe here on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $5,000.




  1. John Strachan says:

    Is this car still available?

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