Based on the time proven original MR1® designed by Mike Dawes, a retired Cambridge UK Chartered Engineer (CEng/PE) and classic car enthusiast. We are now able to offer a revised and updated MR1 with additional safety features, tested in the UK to strict test parameters. The new MR1® is EP, GB and US patented and is still a DIY-friendly MR1® Car Lift.

The MR1® has a maximum capacity of 3tonne(3000kg) coupled with an overall wheelbase of 3000mm (based on a 600mm wheel and tyre diameter) and with a variable track of between 1360mm to 1603mm (at the ramps centre lines) it will accommodate a wide variety of vehicles. (Max. single Axle weight of 1800kg) When lowered, this comprises two long shallow ramps supported by pivots at the upper ends. A rigid lifting beam connects the lower ends of the ramps. When a car has ascended the ramps, the lifting beam, ramps and car can be raised together using a conventional trolley/floor jack, which slots into a central gap in the lifting beam. The raised ends of the ramps can then be supported on specifically designed stands and the trolley jack and lifting beam can be removed. The MR1® is the simplest known lift/ramp for raising a car horizontally on all of its wheels. It gives a clear floor space to work under a car and is ideal for use in a narrow/low head-room garage.



  • Safe and easily operated by one person in less than 2 minutes.
  • Easy to drive up the shallow (6 degree) ramps.
  • Rises to a convenient and safe height for entering and exiting a car.
  • Raised to horizontal and lowered with the single use of a trolley or floor jack.
  • Able to provide a clear floor space for working under a car and a good height for working on top or inside.
  • Excellent for car servicing, repairs, cleaning, display, storing a car on when the space inside a garage is limited.
  • Adjustable to match the width of a car.
  • Low maintenance and designed to last.
  • Portable, so may be easily moved inside or outside a garage.
  • Easily assembled or taken apart for storage or transportation.


To determine if the internal length of your garage will accommodate a car on the MR1 please scroll down to the first image of the overall dimensions and allow for the nose overhang of your vehicle.

The inside width of your garage will not be a problem provided you have room to enter and exit your car inside your garage.

The recommended minimum internal height of your garage is your car's height plus 500mm(20").

To save garage space you may store your car on the lift with the ramps raised or lowered. When lowered, your car will be parked on a gentle slope of 6 degrees, which is less steep than many public roads or driveways!

However, if you want to take your lift apart, this is easy to do, and the ramps may be stored to the side or under the car if it has a ground clearance of more than 125mm(5").


The trolley jack needs to have a minimum jack pad entry height of less than 100mm and a maximum lift height of at least 440mm.


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  • Compact, convenient and innovative 3tonne (pair) rated car ramps (maximum single axle weight of 1800kg) supplied with four stands and removable lifting beam, designed to raise a vehicle completely off the ground giving a clear workspace between vehicle and floor.
  • Designed so the track width can be adjusted to fit various makes and model of cars with maximum tyre width of 380mm.
  • Excellent for general servicing, exhaust work repairing damaged jacking points, sills, floor panels and undersealing.
  • Will fit within confined areas such as garages and workshops.
  • Safe and efficient operation, gives a clear workspace between the raised vehicle and floor.
  • Requires a jack with a saddle height no taller than 100mm to lift its jacking beam to a position where its stands can be inserted.
  • Maximum jack pad diameter of 120mm.


Capacity: 3tonne

Maximum Jack Pad Diameter: 120mm

Maximum Jack Pad Entry Height: 100mm

Maximum Track: 1630mm (Ramp Centre Line)

Maximum Tyre Width: 380mm

Maximum Wheel Base: 3000mm

Minimum Track: 1306mm (Ramp Centre Line)

Nett Weight: 232.6kg

Overall Dimensions (L x W x H): 3540 x 2111 x 430mm

Overall Length: 3540mm

Ramp Height: 430mm



Do the MR1's come with detailed instructions?
Yes, each lift is supplied with an Owner's Manual, which includes detailed assembly and safe operating procedures.
The lifts look lightweight and the ramps appear to deflect, so are they strong enough?
Yes, the MR1 is based on thorough stress analyses and testing. However, the production MR1 is stronger and includes significant improvements compared to the original design.
Can the lifts be taken apart easily, and how heavy are they?
The lifts are easily separated into 5 components. The heaviest components are the ramps, which presently weigh approximately 80kg (176lb) each for the MR1. The total weights of all the components of the MR1 is approximately 232kg (511lb).
When the lifts are assembled and adjusted to the required track, do the pivoted supports have to be fixed to the floor?
No, they don't.
Can the lifts be easily moved out of and then back into a garage for some jobs?
Yes, with a trolley jack raising the lifting beam approximately 25mm (1in) above the floor it is generally easy to slide the lift. I have also slightly raised the supports above the ground on two wheel skates, which makes moving really easy.
Can the lifts be used for both LHD and RHD cars?
Yes, they have guide post fixings for both.
Can the lifting beam be removed from a raised MR1 lift in order to have maximum head room under its whole length?
Yes, it can.
How original is the MR1 car lift?
Mike Dawes arrived at the design independently, but later discovered Belgium (1952) and similar US (2002, Kwiklift) prior art. These both have rotating crank lifting beams, unlike the fixed lifting beam/box in his design, which is more simple, quicker, easier to use, more stable and safer.