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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

 

Bonnets

A great variety of different on-piece bonnets have been created over the years initially as replacements for the heavy and cumbersome steel front of the Austin-Healey Sprite Mark 1 - most of them in fibreglass, and just a few in aluminium. Later they became a common fitment on all the various models of Sprite and Midget.


Ashley
Ashley

Ashley Laminates produced high quality fibreglass bonnets in two styles. Thefirst was specifically for the Sprite Mk 1 and enabled the user to re-fit the standard radiator grille. On the right here is their early version intended for the Frogeye from which the original grille could be fitted.

Later came the Mark 2 with a wider grille opening and a raised centre bonnet bulge, as seen here on Shaun Rainford's replica of the John Britten Lenham Midget. [Not to be confused with the W & P Sebring GT bonnet.]

See also the Ashley page.


Monza for class "PhotoColumn" Goes Here

Speedwell Performance Conversions Ltd, of Finchley, marketed the Monza bonnet (right), sometimes with a single central air duct but also offered with a 3 grille openings option. I presume it was made by Williams & Pritchard for whom Speedwell also sold their Sebring bonnets.

 



Pictured top right is a rare one believed to be by J. Gedden of Manhattan Beach, California made back in the '60s, these photos sent in by Michael Satterfield (Dec 2014).

 

Speedwell Performance Conversions Ltd, of MonzaFinchley, produced the Monza front, sometimes with a single central air duct but also with a 3 grille openings option.

Speedwell also marketed Williams & Pritchard's Sebring Type 1 bonnet.

Others to follow.

 


 

M Satterfield
The Gedden bonnet
M Satterfield

KvB
The early Ashley bonnet
Photo: Kees van Beijmerwerdt

Ashley Type 2
HJS 1
Speedwell Monza
photo: Juergen Schaefer
Scothern GTO-18
(?)A. J. Thorpe
(from Lenham GTO gallery)
Scothern GTO-22

McIlroy Bonnet
Trevor McIlroy's similar one.

Kellison bonnet
A Kellison bonnet
Denner bonnet
A bonnet sold on ebay in 2011
Dema Bonnet
Perhaps the same bonnet as that shownabove, made in the USA by Dama Plastics.Inc
650 FTX
Pema bonnet
Angelo Lenham
Lenham bonnet
RJohnson Bonnet
Unidentified (imported by R.Johnson)