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Ex-Racer: 1968 Arkley SS


Back in 1969, a Brit by the name of John Britten designed a kit that replaced the front fenders, bonnet (hood), and rear panels of Austin-Healey Sprites and MG Midgets to get a whole new look. The front is somewhat reminiscent of a Lotus 7, the rear more of a Morgan. I remember looking at the brochure for the kit shortly after getting my first car, a 1969 Sprite in need of a lot of help. If you’re interested in what nice street-legal ones look like, we’ve featured Arkleys before. This one was converted into a race car in 1977, and then received a Datsun driveline transplant in 1988, in which form it was raced until 1996. It’s been stored since then, and comes with a lot of spare parts. I don’t think this would be competitive in SCCA racing without a lot of modifications, but it would be a cool vintage racer with some organizations, and probably a pretty good autocross car. Thanks to Robert R. for this find, which is located in Landrum, South Carolina and is being sold here on eBay. There is a good description there, as well as a link to the 118 pictures the seller has posted here. As it turns out, you can even still get a new Arkley kit, so I guess there’s still time for me to build one! 


  1. Rick

    How cool. Never seen one before, don’t know what it’s worth, but seems fairly priced if not somewhat of a bargain. Glad it’s not anywhere close to me

  2. jim s

    an arkley ss is interesting but this one not so much. too many other changes. nice of the seller to include the information that car was damaged in the past.

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