The Arkley SS was designed by John Britten in 1969 as a fibreglass front-end and rear-end body conversion to be fitted to the MG Midget or Austin-Healey Sprite. The fibreglass sections were manufactured by the Lenham Motor Company at Harrietsham in Kent and conversions done in John Britten’s Arkley Engineering workshop at Arkley in Hertfordshire or they were sold as DIY kits. The retro design was inspired by the Morgan. A performance gain was made from the standard Sprite or Midget through weight reduction and the obligatory wide wheels and tyres. Around 900 Arkley kits were sold through the production period.
Today, Arkley front and rear body sections are still produced and are available from Peter May Engineering.
John Britten is currently in partnership with ex-F1 driver Jonathan Palmer in ownership and control of MotorSport Vision, while his wife Diana Britten is Britain’s only female unlimited aerobatic display pilot. More info at arkley ss kit car.