Described by Tom Coulthard in his book "Spritely Years" as a Berlinetta fastback coupé, RTL 304 was initially owned by Adrian Andrew and rebuilt with an aluminium body for 1963. Later owned by Peter Ecury (Holland) who raced it at Montlhery and Le Mans, the car is now with Chris Keeble in the UK. The body is one of two fashioned by Peel Coachworks to Adrian Andrew's design under the title: Austin-Healey 1000 GT.
John Hugenholtz of Belgium reports: "I brought RTL 304 back from the UK to Holland in the 80s having bought the car in South London for Dutch dealer Tonio Hildebrandt. I drove it on the road with an open exhaust to Sheerness for the ferry to Vlissingen - I had my road car and trailer and the car was taken home to Overveen (near Zandvoort). It had a 1293 Cooper S engine at the time. I think I tested it once at Zandvoort but never raced it. I sold it to Ecury. Wonderful to see it's still around and looking lovely".
New photos (above) kindly supplied by David Morys show the car with 14" wheels back in the early 1990's.
[Additional info received 14 Jan 2014 from Meico Koudstaal: "I bought the car from Peter Ecury and raced it at Zandvoort, Montlhery,Zolder and Croix enternoix in the North of France for two years. As the engine was 1300 cc I bought a Formula 3 1098 cc engine from Alain Bailey. I drove the car once and then sold it to Mr van Hulsenbeek in Holland as I bought an OSCA FJ to race. I must have some historical documentation, which, if the current owner is interested, I am glad to send him"]
The car at Monthlery in 1980 during Peter Ecury's ownership, and below (left) at the same circuit with Meico Koudstaal at the wheel in 1981. Below right, also in 1981 at Zandvoort, NL.(Photo Ferret Fotographics)
and some recent shots:
Being prepped for Goodwood
Racing at Oulton Park in the car's early days