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


5116 HN - Ian Ashfield's Fastback

(No.47 on the list of Sebring Replicas).

Built during 2010, Ian's fastback Sebring was completed just in time to take centre-stage on the Midget & Sprite Club stand at the Classic Car Show at the Birmingham N.E.C. in November, that year. Painted in metallic Arctic Blue, it has a Peter May 1,330cc balanced and modified engine with a Weber carburettor. The car was built-up using a new Wheeler and Davies bodyshell and a lot of second parts. It uses a Jack Knight close ratio, straight cut gearbox, has a Panhard rod fitted at the rear, and sports a three-mouth Monza bonnet. In June 2011 the car has only done a total of about 50 miles but will be on display at Midget 50.




The car during preparation and painting of its bodywork at Archers Garage
The engine being installed at Peter May Engineering
At the Show


Ian Ashfield
Ian Ashfield poses with his splendid, newly-finished,
Sebring Fastback displayed  on the
Midget & Sprite Club stand at the NEC - Classic Car Show
[Nov 12/14, 2010]

The owner of that beautifully finished metallic blue Fastback Sebring which appeared at the NEC in 2010, as well as at Burghley House for Midget 50, Ian Ashfield, has generously offered to supply a trophy in the form of a shield, to be engraved with the names of those who display their Sebring Sprites at the NEC autumn show. Initially it will record my own car JJO (2006), Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird's EAO (2008) and his own (for 2010). He has asked me if I will present it at the next show (if there is a Sebring on display) and would welcome "ideas to include other venues so as to promote the marque and also so others can share in Brian's dream and his legacy to us".

Ian Ashfield sadly lost his battle against cancer and passed away on Saturday 21st July, 2012. Before he died he entrusted his car to the care of his good friend Mark Petersen who looked after it for a number of years, only parting with it in May 2020 to Lawrence Maudsley who later sold it on to Warren Kennedy with whom it now resides. Ian's long-term girl friend Cynthia Longhurst continues to over-see the presentation of Ian's trophy each year.

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