Friday, 2 October 2009
1936 Riley TT Sprite Le Mans
Seen at the Vintage Sports Car Club's Mallory Park race meeting on 23rd August was this superb 1936 Riley TT Sprite. The bodywork is unlike that of most other Riley TT Sprite's because, in 1937, a French team was formed to enter race meetings equipped with three Riley TT Sprite's fitted with this bodywork for streamlining, built by Maurice Pourtout a Paris coachbuilder. As well as entering various high profile races, such as at the Autodrom at Montlhery, they were most well known for entering the 1937 Le Mans.
Unfortunately the original bodywork of these three cars hasn't survived, so this is a replica built using photographs of the team's cars - the attention to detail is superb, including a sign on the dashboard for 'M PourTout'
Posted by Richard Hannay at 16:50
Labels: ART DECO RILEY TT SPRITE 1936 1937 LE MANS 24 HEURES HOURS RACE VINTAGE SPORTS CAR CLUB MALLORY PARK STREAMLINED BODY