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1963 WSM MG Midget – 793 XPP

1962 WSM MG Midget – 793 XPP  

Chassis Number – GAN1/13367  

Body Number – WSM 202

This purpose built race car from the early 60’s has passed through a number of different Auto Addicts subscribers, and we are happy to feature such a well-known class winning car. It has original racing history from the 60’s and a well documented ownership history. Woolmer Classic Engineering completed a thorough and detailed restoration in 2001, presenting the car as we see it today. It then went on to race with class winning success and was invited to race at Goodwood Revival (Fordwater Trophy)  in 2003. Under a new owner it returned to Goodwood in 2010 and the Goodwood Members Meeting in 2015, it is also entered for the Goodwood Members Meeting this March (March 18-19 2017.) Offering a unique purchase opportunity.


WSM’s were individually designed & hand built cars.  Designed by Douglas Wilson-Spratt & built with competition in mind. Douglas owned Delta Garage in Leighton Buzzard, A BMC main dealer. The aluminium bodies were made by Peal Coachworks of Kingston-upon-Thames. 793 XPP was the second WSM produced & the only one to be built on an MG Midget chassis. In total only 8 Sprite based cars were converted, plus 793 XPP. In addition 1 off each MG1100, MGB & Healey 3000.

The Sprite/Midget based cars were built to either GT or Sprint specification. 793 XPP was a Sprint specification car, with additional lightening to the bulkheads & inner wheel arches. All of this additional lightening is still in the car today.

Early history:  793 XPP

Mr Michael Lewis acquired the MG Midget 793 XPP from Alexander Engineering in 1962 as a standard specification road car. He commissioned the conversion to WSM specification, with the car being completed in early 1963. Mike is married to this day to Laura, Douglas Wilson-Spratt’s daughter. During Mike’s ownership, he & Laura both competed in the car in hill climbs, sprints & circuit races.

Sold in approximately 1966 to Mr Robin Pinkerton. Robin was sales manager at Delta Garage & used the car on the road for several years.

Sold again in the late 1960’s to Mr Robbie Gordon. Robbie was a collector of many different types of ex-works British sports cars, mainly Austin Healeys & also Ferraris.

The next owner we are aware of is Mr Rod Brisby. Rod acquired the car in the mid-late 1970’s as a tired old race car & commenced a complete restoration. This was never completed, the car remained in a semi-dismantled state until 1998.

Sold to Paul & Sharon Woolmer in 1998. Paul completed a detailed restoration to full race specification in time for the first WSM reunion in 2001 at Rockingham. This was the car’s first race in over 30 years, it won its class. Many other races followed with frequent class wins. Competed at Goodwood Revival, Fordwater Trophy in 2003.

Sold to Mr Jim Lowry in 2005. Jim raced XPP in UK club events, mainly with Equipe GTS. Competed at Goodwood Revival, Fordwater Trophy in 2006.

Sold to Mr John Pearson in 2008. John completed a full engine rebuild to a very high specification & raced the car mainly with Equipe GTS.

Sold to Mr Brian Arculus in 2010. Brian continued to develop the car, still racing mainly with Equpe GTS. Competed at Goodwood Revival, Fordwater Trophy in 2010.

Sold to Mr Graham Robson in 2014. Graham raced the car with both HRDC & Equipe GTS. The engine was rebuilt in early 2015. Competed in the 2015 Goodwood Members Meeting. The car has been accepted for the 2017 Goodwood Members Meeting also.

793 XPP  – WSM MG Midget


Chassis – Original MG Midget.

Body  – Original aluminium body, doors & boot lid. Original fibreglass bonnet.

Seat – FIA Cobra Imola Pro-Fit. In date

Engine – Full race Woolmer Classic 1293cc. With less than 4 hours total run time. Dyno sheet in file.

Omega forged pistons

Compression Ratio –  11.8:1

Camshaft –  Swiftune SW23T

Alloy vernier timing gear

MED Ultimate spec full race cylinder head with 37.7mm inlet & 31mm exhaust valves

Roller Rockers

Aldon race distributor

Carburation – Correct period single Weber 45 DCOE – 9

Exhaust – Full race Maniflow system

Transmission – Gearbox, rebuilt straight cut close ratio with less than 8 hours running.

    -Differential, rebuilt clutch type LSD with less than 8 hours running

    -Half shafts, Peter May race shafts

Radiator – Original unit with high capacity core & electric fan.

Suspension – Front – 600lb springs, race spec. dampers, Peter May negative camber top trunions.

Rear – Original ¼ elliptic springs & radius arms, with original adjustable Armstrong    lever arm dampers.

In The Boot – 50 ltr ATL Laboratories Racing Fuel Cell with facet competition fuel pump

Brakes – Standard Sprite/Midget discs & drums with original works Sebring pedal box.

Roll Cage – Manufactured by Fabricage Ltd to FIA Specification

Wheels & Tyres – Original spec 4” wire wheels with used Dunlop Racing tyres.
Overall weight – 640kg with all fluids & 10 ltrs fuel.

Price 74,950 GBP or Nearest Offer


For information on viewing or for more information on this  highly eligible rare and original racecar please contact:

Paul Woolmer paul@woolmerclassic.co.uk

Tel/Fax +44 (0) 1234 376119  Mob: 07787 413804


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