Lenham-Hurst GTR

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Red, low racing car with doors starting from the roof.
Road version of Lenham-Hurst GT P69 (type 6 Racing car). Photo by Tom Karlsson

The Lenham-Hurst GTR is a British sport car built around 1972 at Lenham Motor Company Ltd Harrietsham Kent England.

Short background[edit]

Lenham Motor Company was formed (in) 1962 and was mostly producing aftermarket fiberglass products to Britsh sports cars such as MG midget and Austin Healy sprite. By 1968 Roger Hurst joined the Company and a parallel organization was formed, Lenham-Hurst Racing Organization Ltd. With focus towards racing.

Several race cars were built, the first was named P69, a small smart looking Typ 6 racer. Rather successful in the years to follow. A total of nine were buildt but some were later rebuilt to an open version of P69 now called P70. At least two original P69 knows still to exist, one in Denmark and one in Sweden.

The Lenham-Hurst GTR is a street version of the P69. The car is the brainchild of David Miall-Smith and Julian K Booty, both in management at the Lenham factory. It features a mid-engine layout with a four-speed transaxle gearbox and is powered by a Lotus twin-cam engine fitted with dry-sump lubricatio. The rather bold design is made by Julian K Booty, with influences from both Ferrari P4 and Porsche 917. For easy access to the "cockpit", the doors are integrated into the roof and the whole unit is lifted. Eventual escape possibilities after a mishap where the car has landed upside down are left unsolved...

It was planned to build three cars but only one was built, and that as a private car for David, with reinforced fiberglass body and a chassis designed and build by Peter Coleman.

Registered in England early 1973 and was given UK No JKL 255L.

  • Number manufactured: one (1), a series of three was planned, but only one was ever built.
  • Chassis no: LMCGTR1
  • Registration number: First in GB = JKL 224L, then in Sweden ( >1987) BYA 956
  • Year model: 1973
  • Manufactured at: Lenham-Hurst Racing Organization Ltd, part of Lenham Motor Company Ltd, Harrietsham Kent England.
  • The car built by: David Miall-Smith
  • Designed by: Julian K Booty
  • Chassis designed and built by: Peter Coleman
  • Engine: Lotus Twin Cam 1,3l or 1,6 l. Dry sump lubrication
  • Gear box: 4 speed transaxle
  • Car dimensions: Wheelbase 2235 mm / Tot. Length 3600 mm/ width 1770 mm / height 920 mm /weight: 770 Kg

References[edit]

Road version of Lenham-Hurst GT P69 (type 6 Racing car)[edit]

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