Archers Garage is located at Oldbury, near Birmingham, England and is now run by Andrew Forster, following the sad death of his partner and long-time Sprite enthusiast Brian Archer in August 2008. Alongside Brian and Andrew in the photo, above left, is Clive Bradley who works at the garage part-time. They also have an apprentice, Charlie Mulholland. Their work includes routine servicing of customers' cars, restoration of mainly British sports-cars, production and assembly of Sebring Sprite body sections and, occasionally, complete cars. Brian had wanted to re-produce John Sprinzel's very pretty streamlined bodied Sebring Sprite for some years and was finally able to do so in the early 1990's. The hardtop from the original WJB 707 and a good Sebring bonnet were the basis for the creation of the moulds, and from these many fibreglass replica parts have been produced and marketed for some 20 years to date. Nearly 100 kits have been sold to date and despatched to all parts of the globe. A fastback version - modelled on the Peel Coachworks rear bodywork fitted for some years on S221 - as well as Speedwell Monza bonnets, have been added to the range in recent times. As you will see from the price list, a number of other parts have been sourced and are now available, while others can be made to order.
Brian Archer and Brian Wheeler (photo Bob Kemp)
Early brochure for the K-series engined Sebring
Archers Replica brochure
now out of stock
I built my own car in 1993 from the remains of a 1960 ex-works (Morris Motor Co) Frogeye 946 JJO. Brian Archer and his team cut out all the rusty metal from the bodyshell leaving only the front "H" frame, scuttle and transmission tunnel, then welding in new panels to re-create the original Frogeye shell. They then fitted the Sebring Coupe top and bonnet and re-sprayed the whole in Ford Aqua Jade. I then completed the car doing the mechanical assembly and preparing the car for regular use in UK and continental rallies. Fitted with a Shorrock supercharger I, and my co-driver Martin Brazil, had a number of successes on long distance events, including class wins on both the Classic Marathon and the Monte Carlo Challenge, in 1994 and 5. The car was used in many later events before being fitted with a full-race engine for hill-climbs and sprints.
If you are interested in building your own Sprinzel Sebring Sprite, or have any queries, please send a message via my feedback page and I will relay it to Archers Garage for a prompt reply. Or contact Andrew direct, see below:
ARCHER'S GARAGE LIMITED
Unit 54 Hainge Road, Tividale, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 2PD
Tel: 0772 984 8213 (best between 5pm & 7pm)