|The above photo is from Bill Piggott's book, 'Austin Healey 100 In Detail'. It shows a stamping on an aluminium rail from SPL 226B, furthermore Bill says there is no apparant known reason for this designation. SPL 226B is also known as NOJ 393, the 1955 Le Mans car driven by Lance Macklin. I had wondered whether it could have been rebodied on its return from Le Mans. It was finally released by the French in early 1957.|
However NOJ 393 has now been totally retored and made its appearance in the UK in May 2013. I spoke to Steve Pike, the restorer, and he confirmed that no traces of Pacific or Florida Green were found on the car, and there were no signs of it ever having been fitted with a different body.