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Martin Howey Classics

Thirsk Yorkshire


This H reg Mark III is one of the last of the big chrome bumper models before BL got stuck into the MG Midget. I bought it almost a year ago with the intention of using it myself this summer. I kept it garaged here at my home all through the winter and only brought it out of hibernation two weeks ago. It started with the first turn of the key - thanks to jump leads - and sat idling perfectly with good oil pressure. When I removed the jump leads, it cut out. So it is either the alternator or the poor old battery has given up the ghost. I have neither the time nor the inclination to look into this and my pet classic for the summer (should we get one) is now a Series 2A Land Rover rag top. So, I need the garage space back and it's time this old girl was re-homed. The door fits seem a bit tight, although the driver's side is possibly just about passable as it is. The passenger door catches the A post and I don't want to keep opening and shutting it as it has taken a couple of tiny chips out of the paintwork. It could also do with a bit of fettling as - with many Spridgets - it sits a little proud on its bottom rear corner. Again, I am releasing her as she is and the price will reflect this. Well, that's about it. The hood is very good and I have taken some photos with the carpets out so that you can see her rock solid, bright red floors. She had loads of MoT on her when I bought her and I have been nowhere in her apart from a few miles around local roads. That expired in April of this year. She has covered around 2, 000 miles in the past nine years and so will need handling with care I would suggest. Each A post, though sound, appears to have the slightest of creases in the middle, depending on the light. Maybe something to do with the tight door fits, I don't know.

I'm not very good at showing patience with these old motors and most of the stuff I find is moved on within a couple of weeks, if not days. However I guess I am tiring of seeing this Midget around and so my loss will be someone else's gain. If I fiddled about with bits and took my time over it, I would be expecting a lot more.

All my classic cars are treated as the equivalent of motoring antiques. This one, for example, is 50-years-old this month! They cannot be compared to the wife's six-month-old Chelsea tractor and they are bound to come with imperfections, quirks and bits and pieces that will need attention even if it is some time in the future. They do however come with oodles of charm, appeal and are there to be loved like a family pet. If you are new to the classic car scene, then please bear all this in mind. Most examples have clearly had work over the decades and I cannot predict how much or how little they will need in the future. That, I am afraid, is the nature of the beast in the world of classic cars. Motoring antiques is what they are. I love my Georgian dining table, but I can see all the scars and signs of previous woodworm. Had I wanted a brand new table, I would have gone to Oak Furniture Land. Well perhaps. Demand is outstripping supply these days and they don't make the old girls any more. So, make some allowances and drive away with a smile on your face. It goes with the territory, and therefore must be accepted, that they are always going to need on-going care, attention and repair. Don't tell me some way down the line that the full beam doesn't work or that you have discovered something I knew nothing about. They are bloody old. It happens. They come in and they go out. It seems as though I have become a "re-homer" of classic cars.

I accept all major debit cards and a ten per cent deposit is required at the point of sale with the balance due within three days. I can also assist with delivery and so please ask for a quote. Thanks for reading, Martin. the details below).

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