Monday, 17 August 2020

Micron GT recollections from the boy next door

A bit more news about the recently rediscovered Micron GT. The car is now in the hands of a new owner, who plans a full restoration. He wrote: "I have you to thank for this. I knew that one had been built (it appears in one of my many books) but like you, I imagined that it did not survive. It's what the French would call 'une jolie laide', which is why it appeals to me. It hasn't been collected yet (Covid problems!) but I have to think about colour: the original British Leyland colour (Harvest Gold?) is a bit drab: I'd prefer a true 1970s colour, like orange." That's great, I think.

Meanwhile, I also received a lovely message about the car from Robert Coley, who wrote: Hello, I have been reading about the Micron GT in Classic & Sports Car magazine. This car was built just down the road from me. I was 11 years old and just getting into cars. I think it was Brian's house it was built in a double garage next to the house. Like you say it did not have the Escort rear arches and I think it was mustard. The body mock up was made in the back garden from cardboard boxes and filler. The Bray brothers told me my first car repair fact, which was to fit wheel nut fits with the chamber in to the wheel. It all stuck as I now have three Porsches a 1980 911 SC; a 1970 911T which I am rebuilding and a 1983 944 Luxe under cover just waiting to be used and a low-cost 7. I just thought I would drop you a line. Cheers Rob." Well, that is of course much appreciated, so thank you for that. If anyone knows more about the Bray brothers, I'd still love to hear from you though.

The Bray brothers, Brian and Rex, back in 1968 with their just-finished Micron GT
Picture Jeroen Booij archive / Hot Car magazine

 Rex or Brian Bray behind the wheel of the car in its original mustard (Harvest Gold?) colour
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

And the car as found back in March 2020 by your's truly. It is now sold, a restoration is planned
Picture Jeroen Booij

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