J2 3018

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Current Owner: Chris Lamrock, Victoria

MMM No: 2395

Information: Built at Abingdon on 14/3/33 as a 2-seater for the home market.

History: Written by Chris Lamrock.

Registered VJ 5175 in greater London – delivered 18 April 1933. Problems with the head and the dynamo in the first year. Dynamo problems were a constant problem.

Car laid up in 1965 in Leigh, Lancashire.

Acquired by Barry Walker.

 Imported as a basket case in 1974 Rob Dunsterville acting on behalf of Phil Redhead. Dismantled by George Goodare.

I acquired it as boxes of bits in April 1979.

Restoration: Body restored with all new timber. Panelled and painted at North Sydney Tech. Chassis completed and rolling. Gearbox rebuilt with parts supplied by Needham.  New crown wheel and pinion. Car was then destroyed in a warehouse fire in 1986.

Second rebuild commenced. Chassis rails shot peened to regain strength. Timber kit imported. Body assembled and paneled at North Syd Tech. Painted at N.S. Tech. The only reused panel was the scuttle humps. Off to England on a parts buying spree. Sourced all alloy components including gearbox. Made and shrink fitted alloy brake fins. Rebuilt gearbox and machined many fittings at Ultimo Tech. All chrome at Ultimo Tech. All engine machining at Ultimo Tech. Front axle set up on surface plate at Ultimo Tech

My thanks to John Needham and Ray Skewes for their contribution when I didn’t have access to machinery.


The car is not quite original; it has a Phoenix crank with slipper bearings, full flow oil filtration, lightweight clutch with modern plate.  Visualy the door locks are not correct. Awaiting correct pattern from Barry Walker. Two brush dynamo mods. and electric coolant fan to MMM yearbook pattern no extra holes so easily converted back.

  • Listing ID: 1825
  • Midget: J2
  • Chassis Number: J2 3018
  • Year of Production: 1933
  • Previous Owners: 1933 FH Hickman – London, A Burgess Leigh Lancs 1963, M Marshall Leigh Lancs 1964, Barry Walker 1973, Phil Redhead 1974, George Goodare 1977-79
  • Current Owner: Chris Lamrock
  • Original Engine Number: 1817AJ
  • Date Acquired: 1979
  • Current Reg: VJ5175 (uk)
Contact details

Victoria,Australia,All Locations