1959 Lenham Sprite GT Coupe  Chassis no. ANS-5474 Engine no. 12CE-H10414

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Lot 203
1959 Lenham Sprite GT Coupe
Registration no. 980 YFK Chassis no. ANS-5474 Engine no. 12CE-H10414

Sold for £ 7,820 (US$ 10,525) inc. premium
1959 Lenham Sprite GT Coupe
Registration no. 980 YFK
Chassis no. ANS-5474
Engine no. 12CE-H10414
Glassfibre component manufacturer Lenham turned to full-scale body construction towards the late 1950s/early 1960s, favouring the Austin-Healey Sprite as the basis for some pretty Le Mans-style coupes at the same time as the works' own successful endurance racing programme was exploring similar avenues.

This rare Lenham coupe was purchased from its first owner, Mr Eric Currey, in 2002. Mr Currey, now 76 years old and an avid Austin-Healey collector, claims to have purchased the car from the Lenham Motor Company, "sometime around 1960." The car was then used regularly by him throughout the 1960s and 1970s, before going into storage around 1980. In the mid-1980s the car was restored by Mr Carrey and his son, and since completion some 2,000-or-so miles only have been covered. We are advised that Lenham enthusiasts have recently inspected the car and believe that it might be an original prototype for the Lenham GT of the early-to-mid 1960s. The 'Sebring' bonnet is typical Lenham, but the smoothly rounded rear is quite different from that of the 'production' Coupe, which featured a sawn-off, Kamm-type tail with shallow spoiler.
Finished in Speedwell Blue, '980 YFK' is equipped with Webasto sunroof and rolls on period Dunlop alloy wheels, while the period interior is fitted out with black bucket seats and Britax safety harnesses and boasts an Astrali steering wheel. The 1,275c BMC A-Series engine incorporates a 'fast road' camshaft among other modifications. Well engineered, the car drives superbly: handling, roadholding, brakes and performance are everything one would expect.

Offered with copy expired MoTs dating back six years, road fund licence to April 2003, Swansea V5 and MoT to 21st April 2003. A rare opportunity to acquire a unique and original limited-edition British GT car potentially eligible for such prestigious historic motor sport events such as Goodwood Revival as well as numerous domestic club championships.
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