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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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Alan assembling his replica in 2004

577 DNX - Alan Anstead's Coupé


Alan is a leading light in the Midget & Sprite Club in the South-East of England. I will let him describe his Sebring replica:-

"My car was assembled during 2004 shortly after I retired. John Larrington and I took a back axle and the two front suspension corners to Archers and assembled those components there, to enable us to roll the freshly painted body onto a low loader for transporting home to Kent. The body is painted Speedwell Blue. 

The car was completed and ready to enter the 2004 MSA Euroclassic except for the sidescreens. Unable to obtain them from Archers in time for the event I decided to make my own. It was to be my twelfth, and final, Euroclassic but it enabled me to test the car around Dijon Prenois GP Circuit and the Ferrari test track at Fiorrano as we travelled to Florence. The car has shown itself to be a good long distance touring car which was the reason for building it.  

 The specification is as follows:

Body / chassis: The restoration of this vehicle has been completed by the use of a brand new steel body shell to Mkl Sprite shape manufactured by Wheeler & Davis of Leicester and supplied, fitted with Sebring Replica fibreglass bonnet and fixed fibreglass Sebring Replica coupe top by Archers Garage Limited of Tividale West Midlands who also painted the shell.

Engine: a Mk4 Sprite 1275 rebored to 1330cc and fitted with twin 1½" S.U. carburettors on a stage 3 head with long centre branch exhaust. A modified camshaft and distributor are fitted.

Gearbox: Ford Sierra Type 9 five speedis mated to the engine via a special bell housing and modified clutch and propshaft supplied by Morris Minor Centre of Birmingham.

Brakes: Mk4 Sprite type disc brakes to front with Mk1 Sprite drum brakes to rear. The activation is via a Sebring specification twin/separate brake/clutch master cylinder set-up.

Running Gear: Steering, suspension and running gear are stock Sprite except to the rear where lever arm shock absorbers have been replaced with telescopic type. Alloy Minilite wheels are fitted.

Interior: and seats, are trimmed in black vinyl. The steering wheel is a leather covered Motolita item."

Oct, 2014: "Recently, at Zandvoort, Peter Healey pointed out that my Sebring rep bore a Warwickshire number and asked if Donald Healey Motor Co' originally supplied my car. Warwickshire Records office charge £10 for a search and supplied me with a photocopy of the relevant register page. Peter was correct and my car's registration number was supplied to Donald Healey Motor Co" - Alan Anstead.

Mar, 2016 "I recently noticed that the profile of my Sebring rep was a bit dated with the last picture taken at Angouleme in 2009. I sent Martin a more up-to-date picture but Martin wanted more! Since 2009 I haven't done much more than replace the front shock absorbers and routine maintenance. The car gets quite a lot of road use. Until this year on alternate years the car has either been to Le Mans Classic or participated in MASC Miglia Tours. These tours are organised by me for members of the Midget and Sprite Club for which I am Area Rep for Kent Area (www.masckent.org). The tours are about a fortnight long and the cars travel about 2500miles. You can read of last years tour on the website. By popular demand we skip Le Mans Classic and participate in another Miglia Tour this September (9-23). Want to join us then contact me via the website. The replica also participates in other tours as Kent Area are often touring at home and abroad. This year we go to Montlhery Heritage; GP Retro Le Puy de Notre Dame; and Anstead Clutch modsIsle of Wight whilst monthly we have popular 'Old Boys' runs to local venues. One modification that will be made to the car, as soon as the weather improves, is to fit a clutch roller release bearing that I have made that is a direct replacement for the carbon thrust race but which does not require the clutch cover thrust pad to be removed. I am supplying these to Kent MASC members with 1098/1275 engines".

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Anstead-1
On the Euroclassic 2004


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Sebring on Tour
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The engine bay
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At Angouleme in 2009
577 DNX En route to Spa, 2015
ResprayAfter re-spray 2017
side-screenand new side-screens.