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. Ian's long-term girl friend Cynthia Longhurst continues to over-see the presentation of Ian's trophy each year.

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July 2022: Another new owner, this from Rod Graham:

" I am very pleased to be able to advise you that, as of early April 2022, I became the proud new owner of the Ian Ashfield Blue Fastback 5116 HN. I have owned a standard cherry red Sprite -OAS 492 - for the last 13 years (which I still have) and have long been a fan of the Sebring Sprite Coupe. I have spent the last year, keeping my eyes open for one, finally falling for this beautifully built, specified, handling and presented car. It is absolutely stunning and draws admiring smiles and comments each time that I take it out. Actually, I was really looking for a car for mainly road use, so 5116 HN is over specified for the purposes I will put it to - but it is so nice that I couldn’t resist it. Obviously, I have the usual issues with the sidescreens wanting to take off, at speed. They have a strap attached to each, at the leading edge top corner, with a popper on the frame, but this doesn’t seem to work satisfactorily. I am currently experimenting with bungee ties (the ones with a ball on the end of the loop) which I have double wrapped around the roll cage, so that I can drop the strap behind it and pull tightly – which seems to be working. When my wife and I went to collect the car, from Ben at Mather Collectable Motorcars in Blockley, Gloucestershire, he also had Charlie Clegg’s 184 FGJ in the workshop, so I was able to take a snap of the two cars, together. Charlie (and his father Chris) were on their way to the Goodwood MM, that weekend. We were able to chat and compare the cars – including Charlie’s own, very clever, sidescreen solution. Thankfully, my wife found that 5116 HN was not nearly as loud as Charlie’s out and out racer - or I am not sure that she would have sanctioned the purchase. I knew that Charlie’s Sebring had one of the original aluminium fastback bodies on it, but hadn’t appreciated that his was the body from which the Archers mould was taken – and therefore from which my Archers Fastback body would have been created. The two cars are related! I am the Editor of “Headlines from Healey” magazine, the magazine of the Healey Drivers Club so I shall certainly be writing an article about my new acquisition. I am looking forward to taking the car up to Cheshire, for the Healey Drivers Club annual International Meeting in early May and to the Le Mans Classic at the end of June".

184 FGJ
5116 HN