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Riley TT Sprite Chassis

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This is the chassis of a Riley Sprite, built as a works team car and raced at numerous events in the late 1930s. It was raced by Mike Hawthorn during 1951, winning the Ulster Trophy, Leinster Trophy and races at Goodwood, Boreham and Castle Combe. Hawthorn rose to stardom in Grand Prix racing, eventually becoming World Champion in 1958. He re-purchased the car and restored the chassis shortly before his untimely death later that year.

The Sprite is typical of the way the majority of cars were constructed up to the middle of the 20th century, with separate chassis and body. In this case the chassis is underslung below the rear axle. The frame consists of sturdy box section side members, linked by cross members. It narrows at the front to allow space for the wheels to swivel.

Year1936
CountryBritish
Capacity1,496cc
CylindersIn-line 4
Valves8 overhead
Output60hp @ 5,000rpm
Performance85mph
Price new£425-Two-seater
ManufacturerRiley (Coventry) Ltd
OwnerMontagu Collection

 

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