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Dedicated to the memory of the late Brian Archer who fulfilled his dream to re-create John Sprinzel's Sebring Sprite Coupé

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First day on the road

119 UXK ~ Pat Harris's Sebring Fastback

Brian Archer first introduced his replica bodywork for the Sprinzel Sebring Coupé over 20 years ago now, but it wasn't until 2008 that he brought out the Peel Fastback version which has now become the more popular of the two options available. PH 13Here, in 2014, Patrick Harris has recently assembled just such a car, together with repro Speedwell Monza bonnet, another item which has become almost 'de riguer' for this version of the Sebring Sprite (replica). The result is a delight to the eye and, no doubt it will draw much attention on the roads this summer.

Sprite racer Pat tells his story:
"The idea of building a Sebring Sprite started in 2011 when I went to Archers Garage to see Pete Taylor’s Le Mans replica. Whilst there I saw a fastback being built and thought that I would like one to race, so I ordered a body with a Monza bonnet.  Andrew Forster suggested that I talk to Brian Wheeler about a Stage 1 body-shell as I really wanted quarter elliptic rear suspension and this seemed a good option.

Fast-forward to 2013, the phone rang and it was Archer’s garage; Andrew told me that Brian Wheeler had a shell that I could have and that he had finished my body and bonnet. Two days later they were both in my garage along with a pair of new aluminium doors. I then ordered a full roll cage and with this bolted in I could set about fixing the body and  trial-fitting screens, doors, lights, etc. I then preparing it for spraying, and a good friend Brian Bedford (another Sprite racer) agreed that we could spray the car in his workshop. He primed and top coated the car in metallic grey and, 2 weeks later, after flatting and polishing it was back in my garage for assembly.

All suspension parts were either shot-blasted, refurbished and painted or renewed depending on condition, and a pair of Peter May lowered front springs, plus softened and lowered rear springs made the car sit nicely. The engine is a 1380cc with Omega pistons, 649 cam, Longman full race head, 45 DCOE Weber and a Maniflow exhaust.

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Wheeler & Davies shell
with doors fitted
roll-cage mountings
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cage fitted
Rear body fitted
and bonnet
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screen fitting
priming its bottom!
and then colour


At the moment most of the running gear is stock Sprite, the rear axle being fitted with a 4.2 diff as I hope to do a few hill climbs and sprints. With a few more tweaks it might even go circuit racing later in the year. In the meantime I’ll just enjoy driving it on the road".

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Metallic gunmetal grey paint,
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as on original cars, is applied
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The engine bay
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The 'Office'
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Suspension
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The 'works' are in
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Cosmic wheels
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Job done!