Spridget fans have likely heard of or even seen a Lenham GT, but for the rest of us, the Lenham brand is likely unknown. The company started out building performance upgrades for the Austin-Healey Sprite and eventually built their own coupe body for the Sprite and the Midget. Much like the Sebring Sprite these coupes were successful in racing, but sadly there weren’t many built. Reader Angelo R. purchased this Lenham GT from a friend, who purchased it from the factory when it closed. It is one of two cars that were never finished, but Angelo is planning on finishing it and getting it on the road. Read more »
When the Austin Healey 3000 was killed off in 1967, BMH needed a replacement. But, instead of updating the AH, they just shoved an inline-six into the MGB. With 50 more horsepower it may have seemed like a good idea, but the extra weight upfront threw the balance off a bit. MGCs are still good high speed cruisers though and there are not many around. This particular one was parked 12 years ago so it is going to need some work, but it does look like a worthwhile project. Find it here on eBay where bidding is already up to $4,000. What do you think?
Reader Pete M. sent us this unique little find that was hiding in a barn in the UK. From the front it looks like any other Austin Mini, but this isn’t your run of the mill Mini. This 1968 Austin is a Mini truck or utility coupe and is about as quirky as they come. We doubt it was real effective as a truck, but it certainly gave the owner more utility than a standard Mini. It is in need of a complete restoration and is not a project for the weak of heart. Have a look at this oddball here on eBay in the UK. Read more »
Of the Sunbeam products to make it to our shores, none is as recognized as the Tiger, mainly because of the V8 engine that was shoehorned into the engine bay. The Alpine that it was based on is often overlooked, except by those looking to build a Tiger clone. After Sunbeam ended production of the convertible in 1968, they quickly tried to create a new image for the Alpine, so they introduced a new coupe with the Alpine name and a GT logo tagged onto the end. Not many made it to our shores and very few are left. This 1969 Alpine GT was driven regularly until just a few years ago, when it was parked in the previous owner’s barn. Take a closer look at this rare Brit here on eBay. Special thanks to Jim S for this tip!
Today’s story is about how this long lost Jaguar race car was found and returned to its former glory. It was originally published in The Cobra in the Barn, but is reprinted here with permission for your enjoyment. If you enjoy the story, you may want to pick up the book from Motorbooks or Amazon. Also, be sure to send in your own find stories because one is going to make into Tom Cotter’s next book! Enjoy. Read more »
Today’s In the Barn story is about the unexpected discovery of a long lost MG. Not just any old MG either. It was written by Kris Palmer and was first publish in The Cobra in the Barn. It is republished here with permission for your enjoyment. Be sure to pick up a copy of the full book through Motorbooks or Amazon. Also, be sure to send in your own find stories because one is going to make it into Tom Cotter’s next book! Read more »
The Triumph Spitfire/GT6 is a great choice for a first time classic. The parts are dirt cheap and the engine is easy to access because of that flip up clip. Just make sure there isn’t any rust because that would take the project to a whole new level of expertise and expense. This particular 1972 Triumph GT6 looks like a good deal with many new parts, upgraded rims, and an overdrive. $2,900 takes it here on craigslist out of Stevensville Montana. Read more »
Although we would rather have the MGA we featured earlier, we certainly wouldn’t turn down this MGB if someone offered to give it to us for free… This one has been parked in this warehouse for 7 years where BF reader Rick M. works. One day he decided to ask his coworker about it and the response he got was a bit of a surprise. It had been parked in the warehouse after the clutch stopped working and the owner was tired of seeing it just sit, so they offered to just give it to Rick. Like any of us, Rick couldn’t turn down a free sports car, even if it wasn’t running. Now that he has it home he is trying to get it back on the road. Read more »
We would never encourage the act of swapping a V8 into perfectly good classic, but if someone already started the job, why not finish it? The owner of this TR3 passed away before he could finish the task of shoving a Rover V8/5-speed combo under the hood. It will take a lot of engineering to finish the job, but the idea of a 200 horsepower TR3 is tempting. Luckily, the original engine is included with sale in case you chicken out. Find it here on craigslist for $5k out of Littleton, Colorado. Which route would you take with this project?
Of the British sports car manufactures, MG wasn’t known as a trend setting company and was usually behind by a few years. In the early 1950′s, MG was still building the T-series that they had been since 1936, albeit with minor improvements along the way. As things often went in the ’50s, the desire to be more competitive in racing spurred the need for a new car. This new low slung design was actually completed in 1951, which meant for once MG could have been a trend setter, but management stalled production until 1955. When this 1960 MGA 1600 Coupe was built, MG had had a few years to work out some of the kinks and improve the performance. It was recently pulled from storage and is now being offered here on eBay with a BIN of $8,900.