A Detailed Rundown of Kate Moss’s Quirky Classic Car Collection
Last week in broad daylight on the side of the A361, Kate Moss experienced the fate that all who own vintage cars face at one time or another: Her MG broke down. Stars! They’re just like us.
The 47-year-old model and pride of British fashion plates, “our Kate” eventually found rescuers in the chaps at Lechlade-based Morse Motors (and their flatbed). Presumably, she returned safely to her cottage in West Oxfordshire to brood, undisturbed, with signature nonchalance.
Katherine Ann Moss, as you will know, is beloved for her tres cool style, her love of a good party and a good smoke, and a few great quotes.
“Never complain, never explain,” is a personal favorite. So is: “My mom used to say to me, ‘You can’t have fun all the time!’ And I used to say, ‘Why not?’”
There’s another part of her oeuvre that, to my mind, is insufficiently admired by the masses: Moss has great taste in classic cars.
That model that faltered on the highway near Burford was an MG Midget in bright blue, a tiny convertible MG debuted in October 1966 with the tagline “the smallest real sports car,” according to historical records from Hagerty. Listed affordably at $2,174 at its incarnation, the MG came with three gears, black rocker panels, and a top speed of roughly 95 mph—a winning combination for anybody, supermodel or not.
“The Mk III was the most popular Midget of this body style, with 100,246 finding owners,” Hagerty notes in its buyer’s catalogue. “Paint colors were bright and cheery, and the car handled well until the front lever shocks wore out. The quarters are cramped for drivers taller than 5 feet, 9 inches tall, however, and the road and wind noise make a radio almost unnecessary.”
So it’s a good thing Moss is not as statuesque as some of her contemporaries. At 5 foot, 7 inches, she is among the shortest models ever to reach the pinnacle of modeling success. But the car suits her perfectly in another way, too: just like Moss’s collaboration with Topshop, which mixes a high-fashion sensibility with affordable clothing, the car combines a cool, original design (good enough for Prince Charles) with a low price tag. Since the average cost of one in running condition hovers around $5,700, an MG Midget is one of the most economical ways to get into vintage motoring.