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The clutch would start to slip before letting go. I suspect it could be a drive shaft or universal joint. As the sprint does not have a limited slip diff then it would only take a break in the drive line on one side to stop the car. This will cause you a lot less expense and work than the gearbox or diff.
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Get a torch and look at the place where the driveshaft bolts to the gearbox. You will probably see six hex head bolts sitting 5mm out of the joint - my guess is left side. Grab yourself a 6mm allen head socket, maybe some locktite, and put them back in.
To do it properly, jack the car up, make safe with axle stands, get under it on a creeper, and use a torque wrench.

Then check the other side.

If it isn't these, it could be that the gear lever selector retaining circlip has fallen off. Do as above, inspect the point where the vertical gear lever is pivoted into horizontal movement. If there is unexpected wiggle, pop it back on and replace the circlip.

Check these before dropping the box, the symptoms don't sound like a clutch bearing/actuator lever/pivot pin issue.

Good luck...nice car and thanks for the tip about the earth cable, I'm going to do that to my sprint as the wipers and indicators are rubbish...
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Hi Ken! The symptoms sound like the centre of the clutch driven plate has failed - if the driveshaft bolts came undone I think the loud banging and crashing as the driveshaft flailed about during the tow home would have been worthy of mention.

Brit - to remove the 'box:

Jack up the front as high as you safely can on stands (or use a pit or a hoist if you can)
Remove exhaust manifold, rear gearbox mount, and engine steady bar
Unclip dizzy cap and remove rotor, leave cap attached to HT leads and sit out of the way
Unclip rigid plastic clutch fluid line from bulkhead, remove the top radiator mounting bolt
Disconnect speedo wiring and battery negative terminal
Remove gearlever gaiter and gear knob
Remove the flywheel cover
Disconnect both driveshafts from the gearbox (6 x cap screws per side) and tie up out of the way
Support weight of engine/box using a jack just behind the sump
Remove the large bolt through the centre engine/gearbox mount
Lower the jack carefully and the drivetrain will drop at the back, pivoting on the front engine mount
Remove the bolts on the bellhousing and the gearbox can now be slid off the back of the engine
If the centre mount or gearlever fouls on anything you can remove them, but if the front of the car is high enough you won't need to.

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driveshaft bolts are tight, gear lever pivot seems normal. I will borrow some mates this weekend hopefully and try to take the box off.

just noticed also, it doesn't go into third (third only)
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