“The first 2+2 coupe to be designed as a kit car since the ending of Purchase Tax killed off so many fine efforts,” claims Harold Dermott, Oldham-based manufacturer of the Mini-Marcos, of his new car, the Midas.
The little glassfibre monocoque Midas is based on the formula of the Mini Marcos, using Leyland A-series front-wheel-drive packages, from 850 c.c. to 1,300 cc., but is a 2 + 2 with an opening hatch in frameless glass on gas-filled struts. Mini suspension units are retained for the front, but the rear end uses Dermott’s own coil-spring suspension. Alloy rims of 12 in. diameter are fitted with Dunlop Formula 70 SP Sport tyres.
The glassfibre monocoque contains up to date safety features like roll over protection, burst proof locks, laminated windscreen, safety steering column and isolated fuel tank. Inside, moulded, suede finished trim panels are used for doors, roof lining and quarter panels and the facia and switch binnacle are in vacuum formed ABS. Cloth-trimmed seats and pile carpet are fitted.
The Midas comes complete as a fully finished and trimmed bodyshell. All the windows, trim and instruments are fitted and so are the radiator, fuel tank and wiring. The wheels, tyres and other special parts are supplied too. The customer has to supply and fit the Mini mechanical components. This basic Midas kit costs £1,995 plus VAT. Alternatively, Dermott will supply a complete kit with all parts needed to finish the car, starting from £2,800 plus VAT.
Further information from Harold Dermott at D. and H. Fibreglass Techniques Ltd., Heybottom Mill, Oakview Road, Greenfield, Near Oldham, Lancs. (04577 3813). – C. R.