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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Some cars didn’t fare very well back in 1974 when federal bumper regulations kicked in. There wasn’t time to integrate the design of these five-mph impact-absorbing battering rams with the look of the car, so as a stop-gap measure most manufacturers just tacked the bloody things on to the ends of their cars. Like this absurd-looking 1975 MG Midget. A fine-looking car in its day, the big, black plastic bumpers, along with an increase in ride height to further meet regulations, ruined the look (and handling) of the car. The final Midgets were manufactured in 1979. This one was photographed at a repair shop in Youngstown, which has since moved to a new location and taken its treasure trove of old imports with it.

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know