What can you save on today? HJ Kit uncovers BIG deals on dash cams, sat navs & more | No thanks
SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - hookman
I have an OPPERMAN MOTOCART that requires a complete rebuild and I am seeking any information about how many were made and how rare they are. It is powered by a JAP single cylinder engine. It was made between 1947-1953 in Hertfordshire by SE Opperman Ltd. It was a replacement for the traditional Horse and Cart.

I plan to restore the machine back to as original as possible and any information would be gartefully accepted

HOOKMAN

Edited by Pugugly on 19/12/2008 at 12:00

SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - Phil I
Lots of info on Google on this Mfr.
SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - marc33
Hi Hookman,

I have a complete Opperman motocart which is in need of restoration or could be used for spare parts do you know anyone interested in buying it? All original parts.
SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - Cliff Pope
How big is the engine? I restored a "British Anzani Motor-hoe" powered by a little JAP engine. It has a plate on it with the date, 1947.
The engine, carburettor and even the electrics all simply cleaned up and worked perfectly, despite having been lying in a hedge for years. A contraption using one as a basis for a home-made "car" featured in the "The Goodlife" some years ago. I was amazed when I saw it recently, because I had entirely independently constructed something very similar for the children to play with. It is surprisingly powerful, the only drawback being the total absense of brakes, and a free-wheel.
SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - dinkycollect
Hello all Motocart guys.

I am looking for any information on this very peculiar vehicle : technical data, pictures of a restored machine, pictures of details such as front wheel assembly, manufacturer's logo etc...

You may be interested to know that the Motocart was made as a Dinky Toys and that you can easily buy one on ebay for example to display on your mantle piece. Search for "Dinky Motocart". You can ask me for pictures of it.

As it does not seem possible to post pictures on this chat, please email pictures to jacquesdujardin@hotmail.com

Thank you and good luck in your restorations.

Jacques D.
SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - Dynamic Dave
As it does not seem possible to post pictures on this chat, please email pictures to jacquesdujardin@hotmail.com


You could register for an account on the unofficial HJ MSN website ( groups.msn.com/honestjohn ) and then upload your pic(s) there, and then post the url link for it here.

Failing that, another free site you could use is www.imageshack.us/ . Click on browse, pick a picture from your PC, click upload, once uploaded, post the url link for it here.
SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - ettrick
Interested to know more; I'm working on a couple as it is.
Perhaps you could forward some more details?
SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - Dynamic Dave
ettrick,

This is quite an old thread. Two contributers (hookman & marc33) haven't visited the forum again since their posts were made.

DD. BR Moderator.
SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - opperman2008
i know this email u posted on honest john is a long time ago but i was wondering if you still have got that opperman motocart and if you still wanted to sell it as i am in the process of restoring one and i require spairs to finish it off my email address is gommy1uk@yahoo.co.uk, i look forward to hear from you

jonathan missen
SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - Hobscave
Dear Hookman. I am in the process of buying a motocart from a guy in Kent. Been in touch with him for the past year as it has taken some time for the vehicle to be re-registered by the DVLA for road use.

During this process I've got to know a few Motocart owners including Basil in Kent who is the chap I'm buying my motocart from. He has another two. He tells me that there are only 11 motocarts that are road registered.

I'm thinking that we ought to form a web network where advice/spares sourcing/competion to see who can hold up the most traffic can be held.

Would you be interested? I'm in the process of contacting the other owners I know.

Regards

Keith
SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - Dynamic Dave
Dear Hookman.


He last visited the forum on Wed 22 Oct 2003, the day after he registered a backroom account.

DD. BR Moderator.

Edited by Dynamic Dave on 01/12/2008 at 00:52

SE Opperman Motocart Jap Engine - Pugugly
E-mailed the OP to have a look in if he's still around !
SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - blueblackinc
My family built the Opperman Motocart at Borehamwood, Herts - together with Unicar and Stirling cars. I have a Motocart (pretty rough) and Unicar. Have lots of literature which you can have copies of. Famous JAP engine was made by J.A.Prestwich.
SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - Heffo
My family built the Opperman Motocart at Borehamwood, Herts - together with Unicar and Stirling cars. I have a Motocart (pretty rough) and Unicar. Have lots of literature which you can have copies of. Famous JAP engine was made by J.A.Prestwich.

My brother and I have found an Opperman motocart while cleaning out a yard belonging to our father and we intend to restore it. Any manuals or literature you may have would be of great help. I would love to hear from someone that has one. reg-steve@hotmail.com

SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - Steve off of Repps

I have had an Opperman Motocart sat in a hedge ever since my in-laws inherited the property. I have always had intensions of restoring it to full working order. However today was the day the day the restoration started and it was pulled from the hedge and the engine and gear box removed. So now I am searching and researching all and any information anybody could pass my way on these fantastic machines. Please email or post any information you have I would be extremely greatful and all cost would be covered by myself. Hope to hear from you soon.

Many Thanks

Steven Ball

Marsh View, Staithe Road

Repps

Norfolk NR29 5JU

SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - galileo

In case anyone is misled by the heading, the JAP in the OP's posting refers to J A Prestwich, British makers of motorcycle engines, nothing to do with Japan!

SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - Farmer-Budgie

Hi Steve,I've just found your blog,I have a friend who has an Opperman motocart that is need of restoration, I'm at Pulham Market near Diss,not that far from you.I wondered if you have managed to carry out your project or whether you have any information regarding the motocart.

Regards Simon Burridge

SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - jc2

J.A.Prestwich were actually situated in North London and did work for Lotus who at that time were also in North London.

SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - levens
Hi Steven, how are you getting on with your restoration, I went with my friend adrianwilliams91@yahoo.com to Launceston traction engine rally at the weekend. He drove around the site in his Opperman and I have pictures and film of this. He also has the original maintenance manual which I can copy for you if it would help.
SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - Motocart

I see from a link in a chat line dated May 2013 that someone had a Motocart and the original maintenance manual which he would be prepared to copy.I also see that your family used to build the Motocart

But let me put you in the picture: I am originally form Bridlington, East Yorkshire and my interest in the Motocart goes back to about 1947 when Bridlington Corporation bought one of the early Motocarts. This replaced a carthorse called “Doll’ which my father bought. Doll was a chestnut Clydesdale mare and she worked for us for many years, mainly hauling turnips and other crops from the fields to feed our small herd of Ayrshire Guernseys, probably outlasted the Motocart! Fast forward about 20 years to 1968 and I am now in the Farm Machinery business, managing an International Harvester franchise in Beverley. Things weren’t going very well and the owners were trying every angle to find something we could sell. Through their connections with British Leyland they found a stash of about 35 of the last batch of Motocarts, which I think had been built by Thorneycrofts. They were parked in the sort of catacombs under Liverpool Street Station in London and we went to have a look at them. Finding them in reasonable condition we got one up to Yorkshire and I had it on my stand at the Driffield Show in July. It aroused a bit of interest but there was always the problem that you couldn’t licence a Motocart as a tractor. Because it could carry a load it had to be licensed as a truck and the extra cost put farmers off. Anyway, in September of that year I re-located to South Africa to open a Company for the Dutch Lely Company and British Lely. At the time I thought that the Motocart would maybe be viable in South Africa but I was so busy trying to get Lely South Africa going that I shelved the thought. There was at that time a locally built tractor designed for the African market. Called the ‘Tinkabi’ it was built in Swaziland by a guy called Alan Catterick and for a while it looked as though it might fly but it eventually died the death.

Since then, I am now retired but still make a living as a journalist with a column in South African Farmer’s Weekly and a monthly column in the UK magazine ‘profi’ The Professional Farm Machinery Magazine. I am also on the R&D team of the Company that I used to work for, as a consultant.

Recently in the African agricultural press there has been a number of articles about a tractor designed in Uganda. Looking at the article www.observer.ug/education/41905-mv-mulimi-makes-it...v" href="http://www.observer.ug/education/41905-mv-mulimi-makes-its-debut-could-surpass-kiira-ev">www.observer.ug/education/41905-mv-mulimi-makes-it...v and with 47 years experience of the African market, I think this design misses by a mile and is nowhere as practical or viable as the original Motocart.

My plan is to approach my old company to see if they would be interested in resurrecting the original Motocart, possibly with a diesel engine instead of the JAP

The best way to do this would be to acquire an original and ship it to South Africa or possibly try to find someone who has the original drawings. Do you think you could help?

Best wishes

Joe Spencer

SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - levens
My friend adrianwilliams91@yahoo.com has an Opperman motor cart t hat he took to the Launceston Rally at the weekend. It is in full working order and he has the original manual and pictures/ film of it working. If you are interested please get in touch.
SE Opperman Motocart Japanese engine - paul england

Hi Is there anybody out there that could either point me in the right direction or help with information particularly a manual for the Opperman motorcart

Thanks Paul

 

Ask Honest John

Value my car

Amount to borrow
Sorry. The minimum loan amount is £1000
To pay back over

My credit score

Best available rate 9.20%

Total repayment £9,304.93

Total cost of credit £1,804.93

£155.08

60 monthly payments

Apply now

Representative example

The Representative APR is 13.2% (fixed) so if you borrow £7,500 over 4 years at a rate of 13.2% p.a (fixed) you will repay £199.21 per month and repay £9562.20 in total.

CarFinance 247 Limited is acting as an independent credit broker