I was fortunate enough to be tapped by Bonhams to shoot this classic for the upcoming Scottsdale Auction and once at the location I was presented with a stunningly unique, original car.
Presenting Lot 49: 1967 Austin-Healey Sprite Streamliner LeMans Coupe
A small, lightweight and streamlined coupe meant for endurance racing, its sharp nose and truncated tail are similar to its peers from the era: think Alfa Romeo TZ1.
Factory prepared, the attention to detail on this example goes beyond skin deep. Some elements of its lightweight construction are more aviation than automotive.
Even more amazing is the 1,185 miles on the odometer. I’ve no reason to believe that is not accurate; and it appears that this purpose-built race car was in fact never raced. It only sports the warm patina of careful attention by its custodians.
Handmade details remain throughout: aluminum parts still show visible scribe and layout lines, even marks from being clamped in a vise. Deep in the engine bay safety wires are present on bolts.
It’s not a stretch to think that the last person to torque everything up was at the Austin works. Every accessory was likewise stamped ‘Made in England’ – another testament to its originality.
All in all this is one rare opportunity to acquire a period original factory works race car. Hopefully the new owner might get to stretch its legs a bit at vintage rallies or events, perhaps even back in the UK? It would certainly be right at home at the paddock in Goodwood or displayed at the banking of Brooklands.
For more details on the car, head over to the listing on the Bonhams website. It is set for the Scottsdale Auction on 16th January.
Of course, many other fine automobiles are listed. One can dream, right?
Images for Bonhams: The Scottsdale Auction
Equipment: Fujifilm X-H1, Fujinon XF 56mm/1.2
For the full auction calendar, visit Bonhams on the web.
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