Property of a deceased's estate,c.1955 'Sebring' Sports Special Project

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Lot 159
c.1955 'Sebring' Sports Special Project

Sold for £ 14,950 (US$ 19,336) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
c.1955 'Sebring' Sports Special Project

Footnotes

  • There is now a copy on file of the 1958 Motor Sport magazine advertisement for what is believed to be this car.
    This mysterious two-seater sports-racing special was discovered in 1997 in Florida, USA by the previous owner, Robin Hanauer. Robin has researched its history but the story remains incomplete and much of the information uncovered is contradictory. As far as can be determined, the 'Sebring' (Robin Hanauer's name for the car) was originally constructed in the UK in the mid-1950s, possibly by or for 'Rowson', who may have been the same individual responsible for the well-known Riley special of that name. Originally the car incorporated a Coventry Climax 1,100cc engine and an MG gearbox, and was advertised in this form in Motor Sport in August 1958. It later went to the USA and was raced with American straight-six and V8 power units, and was further modified with glassfibre Jaguar D-Type nose and tail sections. Known owners in the USA are John D Whitton, Dan Erwin and Gordon Fairbanks, all in the 1970s, the last of whom acquired the car in March 1976. In 1997 the 'Sebring' was advertised for sale by Wire Wheel Classic Sports Cars of Fort Pierce, Florida and bought by Robin Hanauer. Overtaken by other projects, the 'Sebring' was consigned to the back of the garage, remaining there untouched until it was purchased by the late owner in the summer of 2013.

    Its specification includes a spaceframe chassis of 7' 5" wheelbase with 2" main tubes and double wishbone front suspension incorporating coil-spring dampers, MG uprights and splined hubs. Suspension at the rear is of De Dion type with alloy hub carriers (identical to Lotus IX/X), twin radius arms and coil-spring dampers. The differential is a Salisbury unit while the brakes are Lockheed discs at the front and Girling discs at the rear (mounted inboard). Rack-and-pinion steering and 15" wheels complete the picture. There is no engine or gearbox. A challenging project offering the purchaser a wide choice of final specification, this fascinating 1950s special would be eligible for numerous prestigious championships and events following restoration.

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  • There is now a copy on file of the 1958 Motor Sport magazine advertisement for what is believed to be this car.
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Property of a deceased's estate,c.1955 'Sebring' Sports Special Project
Property of a deceased's estate,c.1955 'Sebring' Sports Special Project
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