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Speedwell Performance Conversions Ltd.

The "Streamliner Project.

 

In 1960 Speedwell embarked on one of its most audacious projects. To break a number of existing Speed Records using a car modified in house using parts supplied by Speedwell.

When Speedwell were formed in 1957 they were predominantly involved in the performance tuning of A30 & A35 Austin car's, but just 1 year later Austin introduced it's first post war "Sports" model, the "Austin Healey Sprite" or Frogeye as it was to become known.

Speedwell recognised the huge tuning potential for this model in terms of engine, suspension & body modification.

To promote this work they built a 1 off Streamline special which they took to Antwerp in Belgium in 1960 to make an attempt on the existing record.

They were more successful than they could have ever imagined bringing home new records in both the streamliner with George Hulbert at the wheel, and possibly more surprising a Belgian class C record for Graham Hill at the wheel of a Speedwell GT.

Records achieved:

Speedwell Steamliner = 132.2 mph

Speedwell GT = 110.9 mph

It was always planned for Speedwell to make an attempt on the World record for a 1,000 cc car, but sadly real life took over & this project never materialised.

Thank you to Karsten Stelk for the images on this page.