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Car of the Month

 September 2019

Owners name: Graham Springthorpe

Owners location: Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, GB

Model: Midget GAN5 matt black grill 69 – 70

Engine size/type: 1293cc A Series

Year of manufacture: 1971

Colour: Tartan Red

How long owned: 39 Years

History of Car and any work or modifications carried out: Having owned a GAN4 (JUC677D) in my early twenties, FYD600K was bought privately from Yeovil. It had parked outside my office window for a couple of years and rode on Revolution Wheels – a want for my first Midget that was unaffordable at the time. A two owner car, its first owner was apparently an American Officer on an exchange: he had sprinted and hill climbed it. After quickly discovering it probably used more oil and petrol per mile the body was fettled and the engine replaced. Thirty two years later, three accidents and various other panel repairs, it now sports its original engine again albeit to Oselli fast road specification. Other mods include and electric fan, 5 speed gearbox, 1 1/2″ SU’s, competition exhaust, negative camber front wishbones, panhard rod and spax rear shock absorbers. Interior remains much as MG intended. Removed from Somerset in 1994 it returned to its homeland in 2010 and never fails to put a smile on the face of its increasingly aged driver !!

Nickname of Car: None






We will feature here a Midget or Sprite of the Month so will need a supply of cars who’s owners are happy for them to appear along with a few details (200 to 300 words) of the car and some photos. We will then publish details for visitors to look at and admire! Previous Cars of the Month will be available to view so over time we should be able to feature every model from Frogeye to 1500. Digital Photos should be no more than 1MB and not less than 100KB in size each and will be resized as necessary before uploaded to the website. Photos can be scanned for upload if required by arrangement. Please scroll down to submit the details of your car for Car of the Month…


Car of the Month submission Form

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  • eg A-Series 1275cc
  • Number of years in your ownership
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