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Rat Rod that didn't hurt even a rat

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Can someone guess what it was, just based on that picture alone?

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4 minutes ago, keiser31 said:

Austin Healey Sprite

 Yeah, but it better not be a bugeye. At first I was thinking maybe just a fiat 1500 '65 spider based on the rear fender, but then I saw the windshield and I thought Sprite.

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I do not know the British sports cars well at all. I went to buy a '69 Alfa parts car from a guy a while back and he had at least a dozen British cars parked in his field including at least 2 Bugeye. If I were more of a hoarder instead of just a modest hoarder I would have brought one of them home as well.

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I have a fondness in my heart for Bugeyes but I also have an ache in my knees from them, Head on collision in 1967 in a Bugeye kinda took away the thrill.

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It's a MK II Sprite or Mark I Midget.  Post Bugeye body but still with side curtains.  They cut off the foot wells so must be sitting over the axle with head well above windshield.

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I agree with mike 6024 and emjay in that the body of this rat rod is an Austin/MG Spridget and not an MGB.  As Restorer32 says: "Windshield isn't MGB".  I noticed that the cowl of the MGB is essentially flat (very little camber) from-side-to-side, whereas the Spridgets" cowl has noticeable side-to-side camber ...  as does the cowl area of the rat rod.  As emjay observed, the seating arrangement must have all the comfort of a "Bucket T" hot rod.

 

Cheers,

Grog

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1963 M.G. Midget (6322636050).jpg

 

Definitely. This is a MK I Midget. The yellow one I posted above is a MK II. Has that part of the body that goes inward near the top rear of the door.

 

I like the green MK II Sprite, and if I didn't already have an Alfa, might want one. But wouldn't fit in it, an Alfa has much more leg room.

 

 

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