Neil Scott's Lenham LeMans Coupe.

Alex Robertson's Lenham Le Mans Coupe

Alex Robertson's Lenham Le Mans CoupeAlex Robertson's Lenham Le Mans Coupe

Alex Robertson's Lenham Le Mans CoupeAlex Robertson's Lenham Le Mans Coupe

Alex Robertson's Lenham Le Mans CoupeAlex Robertson's Lenham Le Mans Coupe

 

Alex Robertson bought this car, which is based on a Mk3 Sprite, from Mike McGee in late 2009. Alex takes up the story...

"Through most of the 70’s I was very active in the Austin Healey Sprite Drivers Club in Victoria.  I had a number of Spridgets during that time, and was particularly fond of the Lenham coupe which I built in the late 70’s.  I bought the fibreglass Lenham shell from Ray English, and used a damaged Midget which I had bought from Bob Gill as the basis for a seriously quick club car.  I used parts from a previous racing Midget which I had written off at Winton a couple of years before. At the end of 1979, due to an increase in our family, I decided to pull out of competition, and to sell my race car. 

John Shepherdson bought the coupe from me, and he still owns the car today.  It is the orange one on the Lenham Spridget website which John recently set up, after I visited him eighteen months ago.  The Lenham had been off the road for many years, and I wanted to buy it back from John. Instead, he became motivated to return the car to life, and I now challenge him to bring his Lenham to the 2010 Sprite National Challenge at Wakefield Park.

I then began to consider building a new Lenham coupe, until Neville Mansfield told me about one sitting in a farm shed in northern NSW.  A few phone calls later, Nev and I drove down with a trailer on the back of the ute.  We met with the owner Mike McGee near Inverell, and I’m now the owner of my second Lenham coupe.

This Lenham is based on a 1963 Mk 3 Sprite, and was built by Sprite Parts in the 70’s. The car was originally built with a targa top, 7” wide chrome steel wheels, and flairs.  The car hasn’t seen much action in the past 20 or so years, but that is about to change.  I’m going to turn the Lenham into a historic racing group SB car. So far, I have put narrower wheels on the car, and am about to remove the flairs, and alter the targa top back to a full coupe." 

Alex subsequently sold this car to Neil Scott of the NSW Sprite Club. Neil intends stripping the car back and rebuilding it.

Thanks to Alex for the use of his photos and words.

 

We now take up Neil's story.

 

In February 2011 I received an e-mail from Denis Best. "Hi John, Alex has sold the white Lenham it is now in Sydney I should see it in a few weeks. Denis." Another e-mail followed on the 31st of March. This time with 43 photographs attached! Also a rider "These photos are for your eyes only not for publication until Neil sends them to you."

February 28, 2013. I receive an e-mail from Neil. "John, Sorry I’ve taken some time to contact you but I don’t seem to get a lot of spare time these days, however I thought I’d give you an update on where I’m at with the rebuild of the car as Denis has been on my back to give you some details. As you know I purchased the car from Alex Roberston in Qld as a prepared track car.

I intend to use this car for super sprint but found that it needed repairs before I returned it to the track. Me being me I decided to build the car mechanicals from the ground up with a body restoration when the mechanicals are completed. The cars suspension, brakes, brake lines and associated accessories have been replaced including a Trax LSD differential with a new 1275 engine currently being built which is due to be installed mid March. I have replaced the drivers side floor pan, door A posts on both sides and repaired rust in the inner and outer sill’s other than that the rest of the cars structure is in good condition. The unique leather seats have been restored however the driver’s seat for the track is a new Sparco race seat and belts etc.

I think Denis had advised you that that this information was for your use only but I’m happy for you to use this information to update your site as you see fit."

Well, here are some photos.

Neil Scot Lenham Le Mans CoupeNeil Scot Lenham Le Mans Coupe

Neil Scot Lenham Le Mans CoupeNeil Scot Lenham Le Mans Coupe

Neil Scot Lenham Le Mans CoupeNeil Scot Lenham Le Mans Coupe

Neil Scot Lenham Le Mans CoupeNeil Scot Lenham Le Mans Coupe

Neil Scot Lenham Le Mans CoupeNeil Scot Lenham Le Mans Coupe

I must say, this looks to be another high quality restoration. We look forward to following the continuing story of Neil's rebuild.

Thanks to Neil for his words and photos and to Denis for his determination.