I do like Seagull outboards and yes you do always get someone that thinks that they are old and smelly,
well they are and pretty much bullet proof.
The FVP was my first Seagull, it is known as a Little Forty model and most parts are smaller than the standard Forty series,
as it was the predecessor to the forty series Seagull.
The little model forty series, comprised of the models, F, FV, FVP.
This information is mostly supposition, as pretty much no paperwork survives from British Seagull.
Model F, 40cc seems to be the first motor that started the forty series, but shouldn't be confused with the much later model F,
the original F has an Amal carburettor and choke cover, the cover is very similar to a Amal cover on the 102 Seagull.
My FVP has always been very reliable, I would have liked to have done something to improve the rusted drive tube,
but as its almost impossible to remove on this motor without doing major damage.
The drive tube screws in and is not clamped like all the other models, so I added a coat of paint and just left it alone.
Nice compact little motor, that always seems to have more horse power than it should for the size of this little outboard.
My Little Model Forty.
FV and FVP