October 2013 – 1965 Midget MkII
First registered 25th August 1965 in Southend on Sea. Then the trail goes dry until she pops up in Buxted, East Sussex in July ’73 and was owned by a Mr Thompson Sinclair and moved during his ownership to Norfolk up until 1978. Then on to Bartley, Southampton where she lived with a Mr Allen shortly and moved onto a Mr Taylor in Lackford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk the same year passing over to a Mr King from Barningham, Bury St Edmunds in late 1980. She then moved to Thetford, Norfolk in Feb 82 with a Mr Blackmore but soon sold to a Mr Lowther in same town in July 82 and a few years later onto a Jean Parish in July 1984.
In May 1985 new owner a Mr Eric Thompson of Folly Farm, Carleton, Norwich took conducted a full ground up restoration of EJN 169C which was completed in mid 1989. This included repair and replacement of bodywork and panels, a respray from yellow to the original white and sent her engine off to OSELLI engineering, Ferry Hinksey Rd, Oxfordshire for a full Fast Road Race rebuild to the original 1098cc power unit.
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The car then spent the next 19 years and clocked up less than 500 miles with Mr Thompson until it was sold in Jan 2008 to the previous owner Mr C. Smith of Ringwood who added around 5k to the mileage.
I purchased “Emma” as I call her, at the end of May 2012 and to date have adorned her with a few extras, spots and badges mainly and added around 1600 fun filled miles to her previously (24 years ago) zero’d tacho and can confirm that Mr Thompson did an absolutely sterling job of bringing the old girl back to life as she is as good as the day he took her for her maiden voyage, if not better!
Owner: Mark Wakeling
Make/model: Midget MKII
Month/year of manufacture: 25th August 1965
Colour: Old English White with red interior
Engine size/type: 1098cc OSELLI Fast Road tuned fully balanced
BHP: Unconfirmed but way in excess of original
Top Speed: 100+ mph
Gearbox type: 4 speed manual
Area: Carterton, West Oxfordshire
Date purchased: May 2012
Pet name of car: “Emma”