Following this weekends successful Goodwood campaign the MG Lenham GT known as “SS1800” is coming to the market. The original car was built not only to take on the other Sprites and Midgets of the day but also to challenge the larger capacity cars including Jaguar E-types. The car had many specific modifications, such as telescopic dampers, developed by John Britten and his mechanic Oliver Ball and they built the car to be as light as possible. In the 1966 season Britten netted 14 victories as well as the 1150cc class record at Brands Hatch.
Roll forward to 2007 and with the impetus of Julius Thurgood to revive the under 1500cc Grand Touring cars we set about recreating the legendary car with John Britten and Oliver Ball. We started out with a 1962 MG Midget just like Britten had done decades before. With John and Oliver every detail and modification was recreated accurately. The car was completed in time for Goodwood Revival in 2007 and race there again in 2010 in the Fordwater Trophy with Shaun Rainford bringing it home in 2nd place having lead the race for a number of laps. Shaun also posted the fastest lap at 1:35.591 which still stands to this day. The following year saw the inaugural season of the HRDC. In the opening round at Brands Hatch Shaun Rainford and SS1800 qualified on pole and went on to win the race with a fastest lap of 59.552. Another pole position followed at Silverstone with another podium at Snetterton. Since then and up until the Goodwood’s 75th Members Meeting, SS1800 has done very little work. After receiving the invite, SS1800 was comprehensively rebuilt. The differential was rebuilt with a solid pinion spacer, a brand new Quaife dog engagement gearbox was fitted and the engine was rebuilt. The car is offered for sale in Goodwood trim following a 4th place finish in the Weslake Cup at the 75th Members Meeting. Viewings welcome by appointment. Any queries please contact Daniel. £POA
From the CCK collection we have another very rare opportunity. Jim Russell’s championship winning Cooper 500 is coming to market. This car was driven by Jim throughout 1956 and 1957 Formula 3 championships. It has a very well documented history including letters from Jim Russell and even an issue of Autosport from 1957 where Jim features on the cover driving the Cooper to victory in the 100 mile race at Silverstone. In 1956 and 57 Jim scored sixteen wins, seven 2nd and 3rd place finish in the car at circuits including Goodwood, Brands Hatch, Snetterton and Mallory Park. After a sympathetic restoration carried out in 1990 this Cooper 500 is presented in beautiful condition, even retaining it’s original Steve Lancefield built Manx Norton “double knocker” engine.
If you are interested in owning one of the most successful Cooper 500’s in history then please contact Daniel for more information. Viewing can be arranged at our premises in East Sussex.
A rare opportunity to own the one of the longest serving Volvo race cars with genuine period race history. The car was purchased in the United States by it’s original owner John Flannery, a prolific hill climber in Pennsylvania, and was modified and taken to the hills. Included in the sale is a collection of original race programs from events our Volvo took part in dating from 1969-1974. Between these dates the Volvo achieved 5 class records and won the class championship outright in both 1969 and 1970 winning 8 out of 10 events both years. He sold the Volvo in 1992 to another Pennsylvania hill climber Craig Danks. Danks recommissioned the PV and took it back to the hills for another 10 year stint where the car again achieved many class wins.
Fast forward to 2007 and the car was up for sale again. It was imported to the UK where we bought it and immediately began preparing the car for a new career as a historic touring car. The PV required only a small amount of welding, before we could carry out a very sympathetic paint job. All of the original stickers were retained and carefully masked around. We left the interior as it was to retain the patina that we love so much in a historic racing car. The mechanicals were all rebuilt at this time with a new B18 engine to bring the car up to spec. Running on Webers it now puts out very good power, will rev free to 8000rpm and weighs just 920kg. The PV544 has continued its success with class wins at Brands Hatch, an outright win at Snetterton and 3rd overall in the St Mary’s Trophy at the 2008 Goodwood Revival in the hands of Andy Rouse and Shaun Rainford.
This is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on a potential front runner ahead of the 2017 Goodwood Revival in which the 1950’s saloon cars will be a feature. The reason this very special vehicle is coming to market now is to help fund future projects. Viewing can be arranged during business hours by contacting Daniel.
Fancy taking on Andy Jordan in your own Austin A40 historic saloon car? We are offering for sale our race proven 1960 example. Built from the ground up using a very good road car in 2005 and developed extensively over the subsequent seasons this car has been raced with great success. Most notably a podium finish in the 2006 Goodwood Revival St. Mary’s Trophy with Shaun Rainford and legendary racing driver John Rhodes.
The rear axle is fitted with competition half shafts, limited slip differential and Watt’s linkage. MG Midget disc brakes are fitted up front along with lowered and strengthened wishbone pans, competition springs, modified lever arm dampers, anti-roll bar and Weller wheels. The interior features a full MSA specification roll cage, Corbeau racing seat, OMP plumbed in extinguisher, STACK rev counter and Smiths gauges. The car comes with a straight cut, close ratio gearbox but will require a new fresh engine.
This is an ideal opportunity to get your hands on a race proven Austin A40, with past Goodwood success, ready to take on the likes of Andy Jordan. Eligible for the HRDC Touring Greats and Goodwood Revival St. Mary’s Trophy.
Available as seen for £29,950 or with a brand new full race 1293cc engine for an additional £10,000. We would be more than happy to discuss preparation for an additional cost and race support if required.
We are very fortunate to be able to offer for sale the original Sebring Sprite WJB 707. The car started life as a BMC Works rally car in Frogeye form with Pat Moss in the drivers seat for multiple Continental rallies. The car was purchased and campaigned successfully by Ian Walker for the 1961 season with Sebring aluminium body work by Williams & Pritchard. In 1966 WJB 707 was sold to Stephen Bowen who still owns the car to this day. The car is presented in restored condition with a 1 litre engine. With little effort this very original sports car could be prepared for today’s historic racing grids. The addition of a roll cage and other current safety equipment would be needed. FIA HTP papers can be applied for and given the cars history their is no shortage of prestigious events for which it would be eligible. For UK club racing a hot 1380cc engine would make this car very competitive. Please get in touch if you have any questions or you wish to view the car. £POA.
Following a very successful Goodwood weekend the Sanyo liveried Rover SD1 Group 1 race car of Riorden Welby is being offered for sale. The car is on the button and race ready. Built just 2 years ago and running an almost fresh John Eales 3.5 litre V8 engine. Mechanically the car is spot on with a fresh back axle and brand new gearbox. Included with the car is a spare gearbox, 2 sets of spare wheels and both a silenced exhaust system and straight through exhaust for Goodwood events. The car is eligible for the GRRC Members Meeting Gerry Marshall trophy, Motor Racing Legends Tony Dron Trophy and the HSCC Super Touring Trophy. This is a superb opportunity to get into one of the hottest historic saloon car races of the season at far less than the cost of building a car from scratch. Please contact Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. NOW SOLD