Friday, 6 March 2020

Micron GT finally found

Finally, the Micron GT has been unearthed from its hiding place after many years. A bit more on its history here. At some stage, the car's body has been mildly modified with different windows in its gull wing doors and wide rear wheel arches but it is the same car, with the yellow paint still underneath the current red. According to the DVLA the registration 'ANR 608B' was applied in 1986, which seems odd. It also says the car uses an 1100 engine. That could well be the case as one report mentions the original 850 Mini Pick Up engine being swapped over for an 1100. The adjustable wheel suspension to the Bray brothers' own design is still there.

I received several messages from people who are very much interested in the car. One of them wrote: "I went to view it in the late 1980’s! The car was owned by a college lecturer in Coalville, Leicestershire and had a BMC Maxi engine part fitted then. It was in a very poor condition, the Maxi engine was in a shed! From memory, they were trying to use the cable gear linkage. It was advertised in an old Autotrader magazine in the small adverts and I went with my late father and friend, I was around 18 at the time. I always regretted walking away from it!"

The current owner is thinking of selling the car, but I'm awaiting some final input. More soon.

UPDATE 20 March 2020: Ad now to be found here.

Found in Worcestershire last week: the Micron GT built by Brian and Rex Bray
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Seen here with the two brothers back in 1968 when it was just finished
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The car has been mildly modified but I don't think it is the rumoured Mk2 version
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Originally it was built using a plywood tub and with the running gear of a Mini Pick Up
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The engine is said to be an 1100 now, which may fit in with an earlier report. Perhaps sourced from a BMC Maxi as one reader remembers? 
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Back in 1968 it used an 850 from a Mini Pick Up though, but that was soon swapped
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Interior is a mess but looks to be complete, too, including centre console with switches
Note petrol tank and exhaust on the driver's side. All four Dunlop wheels are there, too
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And here as it was back in 1968
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This steering wheel was found inside. The original one? And home made?
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Clipping from an old issue of Classic Motor Monthly by Michael Ware, who was keen to find it, too
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