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Re: Mystery Car

Post by Crowther » Tue Jul 12, 2016 2:57 pm

I think you might be onto something with that Marcos fastback idea.

My dad has had a Daimler SP250 since he was a young man and every time I see that photo I get a strong feeling of recognition. It's the fins and the rear flanks - very Dart-like. But the roof-line is very different. Those cutaways in the nose under the lights are quite distinctive though...

If only the ludicrous technology from the CSI shows existed - they could take a reflection from the bus window, bounce it off someone's specs, and produce a full frontal view of the car in a higher resolution than the original photo.


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Re: Mystery Car

Post by steve bryant » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:08 pm

what about sunbeam alpine "fast back". I do think there are similarities, maybe the photo is a little early for the alpine



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Re: Mystery Car

Post by Corky » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:24 pm

It looks like one of the Lenham bodied cars to me.

Has that been suggested before?


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Re: Mystery Car

Post by scimjim » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:59 pm

I know Lenham made hard-tops and bonnets but did they ever do fins and gull-wings?


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Re: Mystery Car

Post by philhoward » Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:13 pm

I first guessed Harrington (rather than Lenham) although there are similarities.

Didn't Lenham do full body replacement panels although normally for Sprites? I might have just seen body panels currently available and be confusing the two.

Whatever it is (was) it certainly seems to be a one-off!


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Re: Mystery Car

Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:39 pm

Im sure theres still a firm that is connected with Lenham, remember they ahd a sprite race car restored to race again, maybe a point of contact if Lenham


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Re: Mystery Car

Post by tanuki » Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:43 pm

This car seems to be giving a hard time on other forums as well :twisted:

http://www.coachbuild.com/forum/viewtop ... 81&t=13614

Edit: there are even pics of a Sabras & Sabres on PH's thread related to this car 8)
http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topi ... ystery+car
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Re: Mystery Car

Post by scimjim » Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:49 pm

CNHSS1 wrote:Im sure theres still a firm that is connected with Lenham, remember they ahd a sprite race car restored to race again, maybe a point of contact if Lenham
Lenham have been sold a couple of times I think - now owned by Classic Cars of Kent (CCK)


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Re: Mystery Car

Post by Crowther » Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:51 pm

Some beautiful cars here: http://www.sebringsprite.com/lenhamgtgallery.html

A lot of similarities to the mystery motor, in the nose and the headlights...


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Re: Mystery Car

Post by toomanysabres » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:07 pm

scimjim wrote:
CNHSS1 wrote:Im sure there's still a firm that is connected with Lenham, remember they had a sprite race car restored to race again, maybe a point of contact if Lenham
Lenham has been sold a couple of times I think - now owned by Classic Cars of Kent (CCK)
However, I think Peter Rix (Coupe Owner) still has an interest even if not financial at Lenham and Andy Actman local rally bod is still connected even if not the sole owner now.


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Re: Mystery Car

Post by scimjim » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:22 pm

A peruse around various pages gives:

Julian Booty founded The Vintage Sports Car Garage in Lenham Square in 1962. In 1967 it became the Lenham Motor Company Limited in Harrietsham with Peter Rix as a partner.

They sold the moulds and production rights to David Coplowe in 1992.

In 2001 CCK bought a licence to produce on a royalty basis, then in 2008 they bought the moulds, IPR and name.

Andrew Actman, Ian Langford and Dean Staples are shown as the management team of Lenham Sports Cars Limited (although another source says that Julian Booty, Peter Rix and Andrew Actman are the directors and one of the online company checkers says that there's only one director?), who buy, sell and restore classics in Harrietsham.

there's also a Lenham Motor Company Racing Ltd listed - director is Mr Scott Harrington Reynolds.


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Re: Mystery Car

Post by toomanysabres » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:30 pm

A.A. comes to our HRCR noggin occasionally when he is not flogging spectacle frames but he is marshalling and sweep car-ing on the Peking to Paris at the moment.


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Re: Mystery Car

Post by Old and Slow » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:10 am

Did anyone see or photograph entry 63 the "Deep Sanderson 301" in the 1957-61 Grid 3 at the Le Mans Classic this month? It looked very similar to the Mystery Car and in the blurb is described as a "... tiny streamlined berlinetta with a mid-mounted mini engine." Designed by Chris Lawrence, Morgan specialist.
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Re: Mystery Car

Post by philhoward » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:36 am

Random google image:
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The others I found suggest they aren't the car in question?


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Mystery Car

Post by scimjim » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:30 pm

Spooky - I saw an advert for an Austin big 7 on retro-rides today - then another random surf took me to the original pistonheads thread about this car, which is still going and has some awesome computer renderings!

Anyway - this page has quite a well framed argument for the big 7 being the base model for this mystery car?


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