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Speedwell Sprite

Speedwell Monza Sprite 1961

This car was built as a road car but soon turned into a race/hill climb car it can still be used on the road

Originally an Arizona LHD rust free 1961 MG Midget MK1

The car has had a complete Archers Speedwell conversion including

Front Speedwell Monza front

Speedwell fastback rear body

FIA race internal cage front and rear and door bars

Taken back to bare shell

Sandblasted chassis and primed

Floors both sides replaced

Painted in red inside and outside, with dipped front in cream

New race engine  with 1330cc  and big valve 11 stud Cooper S unleaded head

Kent cams STR 930 camshaft with Kent competition oil pump and followers

Vernier cams 102 ATDC

Twin 1.5 SU carburetors refurbished with open bell mouths on modified MG B manifold

Braided stainless fuel lines

New Petronix Electronic ignition distributor,

race battery. 

New Starter motor,

Peter May wedges suspension lowering inc front spacers

Converted to alternator 

More efficient re cored radiator,

All new hoses.

MSA towing straps

Differential rebuilt 3.7 with 4.55 alternative

straight cut close ration Gearbox from Hardy engineering

Suspension rebuilt with lowered springs 

Sparco race seat

10 inch steering wheel

Later separate brake/clutch reservoirs including new pipes and braided hoses

Up rated rear brakes yellowstuff race pads to front

All new brake pipes

New 8 mm fuel lines

Plumbed in fire extinguisher system including handheld

Pair of removable acrylic 4 mm windows

Completely rewired on 8 fuses

13 row oil cooler

New water pump no bypass hose

Facet electronic red top fuel pump x 2

Mallossi fuel pressure regulator

11/16 front roll bar

New High ratio steering rack and rod ends

Cut off switch on dash and scuttle

Electrical T bar on top scuttle and fire extinguisher T bar

Full stainless big bore exhaust with manifold 

6 Gallon aluminium race/ hill climb fuel tank 

Auxiliary fuel tank 1 litre

Minilights with Yokohama AO48R 175/60/13 Medium compound race tyres

Minilights with Yokohana A539 175/60/13 used as wets or differing classes

Easy whole front removal

In fact every part on the car is new or rebuilt

view the restoration on Flickr here http://www.flickr.com/groups/1703354@N21/

For  an insight to the world of Sebring Sprites see here   http://sebringsprite.com/index.html

First Hill climb and sprint season 2014 complete:

Yorkshire hill climb and sprint championship

First in class up to 1400cc

Sixth in overall classification

Second in rookies cup

Second season 2015 complete:

Northern Counties hillclimb and sprint Championship

First in class up to 1400cc

First in rookies cup

Second in overall classification