Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Continuing yesterdays 'one off' theme today's photo's are of what is so far as I know a unique vehicle based on a Lenham Healey kit car. Built to use Austin Healey 100 motor and running gear the original kit vaguely resembled an Allard at the front and a boat tailed Bugatti at the back. The owner of this one installed a twin cam Alfa engine and completely reworked the nose as a homage to 1930s vintage racing ALFA Romeo's.
I understand that Lenham manufactured a variety of kit cars starting in the 1960's, the best known of which is probably the Lenham Sprite a Fast back GT fibre glass body built to accept Austin Healey Sprite or MG Midget running gear, they are also well known for making hard tops for Austin, MG and Triumph convertibles.
Lenham also made an outstandingly attractive sports prototype racing car the Lenham P70 in the late 60's early 70's which Vincent Mausset's Darnval Cars brand became involved with the intention of manufacturing a road going variant. Darnval went on to become named entrants of the Connew Grand Prix car featured a couple of months ago.
My thanks to 'trashbat' at the ALFA owners forum without whom I might have spent months trying verify the identity of the kit upon which today's special is based.
Hope you have enjoyed today's unique special and that you will join me again tomorrow for a look at another home built car. Don't for get to come back now !