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    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.

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAMWWQ7CWFXBW6G95IE5R3SWJ9
    Media URN:
    VLVAAMWWQ7CWFXBW6G95IE5R3SWJ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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