1958 Austin-Healey Sprite ~ Lenham GT
This 1958 Austin Healey Sprite is believed to have been raced since it was nearly new, and was given a Lenham fastback body by John Pitt in 1967. In 1993 Peter and Betty Banham brought the car home 34th overall and 1st in class in the 4th Monte Carlo Challenge, and they also entered it in the Classic Marathon around that time. It was purchased by Tom Coulthard at the H & H auction at Stoneleigh Park in 2011.
John Pitt says: "I bought 888 HPA in 1965 from the son of the Chief Superintendent of Police for Wembley, who lived in Hatch End. (Got away with speeding fines and noise etc for nearly a year as the police thought he still owned it!).
He told me it was built and raced by Naylor Brothers who I think are still in business and believed it had a Coventry Climax engine originally.
Front brakes were from a Lotus Elite.
Rear brakes were Austin A40 front drums, converted to rear.
Gearbox had Elva straight cut gears.
Light weight flywheel.
Competition clutch. Panhard & anti roll bars.
Twin 1 1/2 SU carbs, also Dellorto 42 DCM carb tried, no quicker but heavy on fuel!
731 & 649 cams were tried.
Tell tale Rev counter.I fitted the Lenham body in 1967. I have pictures of before and after. regards, John".