An amazing speed of 132.206 miles-per-hour reached by a specially streamlined, fully enclosed Austin Healey "Sprite", Apr 13, when driven in a speed test along the Antwerp-Liege road - specially closed for the run.
SV Group round Speedwell streamlined version.
MV Engine cover raised.
CV Fuel through transparent pipe.
CV Graham Hill in seat.
MV Control wagon.
SV Cowl placed over driver.
CU Control official.
SV PAN..Car away into distance.
GV PAN..Car along road.
GV PAN..head on and away.
SV Production 'Speedwell' reverses.
SV Production model.
SLV Control wagon.
GV Head on a way.
GV PAN..along road.
GV PAN..along road - under bridge - into distance.
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Background: An amazing speed of 132.206 miles-per-hour reached by a specially streamlined, fully enclosed Austin Healey "Sprite", Apr 13, when driven in a speed test along the Antwerp-Liege road - specially closed for the run. Driver of the car - designed only for speed tests - was Mr. G. Hulbert, technical director of the British company, Speedwell Performance Conversions Ltd.
Also tested on the motor road was a production Speedwell modified Austin Healey "Sprite" - available to the public in the same form - which, driven by Grand Prix driver, Graham Hill, reached a speed of 110.903 m.p.h. Maximum speed of the conventional production "Sprite" is 80 m.p.h.
This production car represents a modern trend for offering the motoring enthusiast an established car with special performance. Representing an experiment in aerodynamic streamlining it has a special coupe body in light alloy.
Although both speeds should rank as Belgian national records, the trials were conducted to establish exactly how fast the modified Sprites can go.