This page is about the 1967 Mk3 Midget GAN4 55879, as a Lenham LeMans Coupe.

The Lenham body was imported into Australia by Ray English (R.J. English Sports Car Improvements). It was bought from him by Alex Robertson in the late 1970's. Alex fitted the body to a Mk3 Midget(GAN4 55879). He also fitted a fibreglass one-piece bonnet that appears to be a modification on the W&P Sebring bonnet, with the addition of rubber bumper type mouldings.

John Shep Lenham LeMans Coupe 1979John Shep Lenham LeMans Coupe 1979  - Front

Alex built the car as a club competition car. It had various suspension modifications, a "hot" 1275 with a straight cut close ratio gearbox. I bought the car on November 14, 1979. It had been painted Ford Ice Blue and was pretty Spartan.

Calder 1979

 

John Shep Lenham at Motorkhana - 1980 John Shep Lenham at Lakeland Hillclimb - 1980

 

Lenham LeMans Coupe - Wantirna Motorkhana 1980Ready for respray

In March of 1980, I decided that the Lenham was not fast enough. To make it quicker I repainted it Sebring Orange (A much faster colour!!) I also felt that I was missing an integral part of Spridget ownership. Being able to remove the roof. The solution to this was to cut out a section and make a Targa-style roof.

Engine bay resprayRespray

After resprayAfter respray

Lakeland 1980

John Shep Lenham LeMans Coupe - 1980

I ran the car on the road and in club competition in this format for a few years. In 1984 I decided to take it off the road to do a slight restoration.......

25 years later, and I am just starting to make a bit of progress.

 

Restoration 001Restoration 002

Restoration 003Restoration 004

 

As work progresses, I will add to this post.

 

Thanks also to Robert David for the use of his photos.

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