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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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Above, FEY 678 at home
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W and P bonnet
Williams & Pritchard Flyer (needed to satisfy scrutineering)

FEY 678 ~ Alex & Jane Postan

1958 Supercharged 'Bonneville' Sebring Sprite Historic Rally Car

The car left the factory in October 1958, Chassis No AN5 6435, and was delivered to The Motor Paradise in Llanfairpwll (Anglesey – hence the EY reg.) where it was sold in January, 1959.  The Heritage certificate lists the car as primrose yellow but on its second rebuild the original colour could be seen under the steering rack mounts as Speedwell Blue!

Alex bought the car in 1990 in a very derelict state.  Martin Coxhead rebuilt it to standard specification and it was in that form that Mike Creasey and his son took part in the 1990 Monte.  Alex was unable to take part due to business commitments.  The car was in a pretty poor state when it came back – road salt had wreaked havoc so he then carried out a second rebuild to create a Bonneville Sprite but with the steel bonnet. John Sprinzel originally developed and homologated the Bonneville version of the Sprite in the '60's, equipped with a Shorrock supercharger, disc brakes and wire wheels. It was in this form, with a white hardtop that Alex, with his wife Jane as navigator did the 1999 Monte.  That created the need for its third rebuild when it gained its Sebring front and the Peter May engine. It is 962 cc, fitted with Shorrock C75b supercharger, producing 80 bhp, and has a smooth-case gearbox with ST straight cuts gears, a 4.4:1 diff, wire wheels, Lockheed discs, and Peter May rear axle internals.  The bonnet and seats are from Archers and the hardtop is a standard pruduction one. The car weighs in at 600 kg - top speed 95 mph, 0 - 60 mph - 9.5 secs.

"We have won our class quite a few times and it has always been a ‘lucky’ car to compete in – so much so that both John Sprinzel and Willy Cave have signed the roof".

Year Rally Results
1999 Monte Carlo Challenge 55th out of 220 starters
2001 Liege Rome Liege Class win
2001 Classic Marathon 37th
2004 Honfleur Rally Class win.
2005 Rally of the Tests Concours winner.
2007 Portugal Rally  
2010 Three Castles Rally  
Monte Carlo Challenge 1999
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Roquesteron, France
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above Aix les Bains, France
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Gap, France
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Alex and Jane finished..
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55th out of 220 starters.

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Portugal rally 2007
LIEGE - ROME - LIEGE RALLY 2001 - Class Win
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48 hairpins - Stelvio Pass
Baden Baden
Fluela Pass
Itallian Dolomites
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Baden Baden
Catedrale Firenze
Palais des Princes Eveques
Liege 2001
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Liege 2001
"Oh look, another hairpin!"
Stelvio
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Stelvio Pass
Val d'Aosta
Lost in Luxembourg
Mind the rocks!

THREE CASTLES
RALLY 2010
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Stwlan Dam Test
Bwlch Y Groes
Bodelwyddan Test
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These 7 pictures from Gaydon in 2008 were kindly sent in by Ron Corry from Co. Wicklow in Ireland (see "Your Comments")
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In the picture (right) Willy
Cave has signed the car's
roof - unfortunately barely visible in this shot.
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