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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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Gordon with his car

Gordon Higgs' Sebring Coupé

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Gordon Higgs bought this basket case Sprite Mk 4 as a basis for his replica of PMO 200 at the beginning of 2008. With help from colleagues at Aston Martin where he works Gordon has restored the badly corroded shell and fitted the fibreglass rear end, coupé top, bonnet and aluminium doors.

January 2011: "I hope this finds you well. I'm sorry its been so long since my last mail. I've been keeping busy on the Sprite build. It seems I've been waiting ages to get her into the paint shop ~ a small local business called Lone Pine that's been in the same family since the early 1950's. They specialise in high class and classic cars. My Sprite was in outstanding company while she was in, ~ there was a Shelby Mustang bare shell waiting for paint, two Aston Martins and a Rolls Royce, not to mention the 1930's Bentley body parts being painted in cellulose! After our earlier mails I did some searching through our extensive paint colour information at work to see if I could throw any light on the Tartan/Alfa Red question and I found there were several Tartan Reds so I've chosen a lighter Tartan. It probably is not the same as PMO200 but I like it and that's what counts. The Sprite is home now so the long build process can start. All the suspension parts have been plated and powder-coated, overhauled and are ready to refit. Gordon".

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The car when Gordon...
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bought it, looking very..
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sorry for itself,..
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and full of rust holes.
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Fitting front arches
and floors
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New 'A' post
Rear wheel arch
Charlie Briggs at work
Completed shell
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The car at last begins to look like a Sebring Sprite
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Restored components
Gordon has chosen a Tartan Red which looks great.
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Ready for home
Outside paint shop
Latest photos - 9th May 2011
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At Midget50 - June 12th, 2011
It's now time to get that motor put together
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- so that Gordon can get to drive it!
The engine is installed (Oct 2011)
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Gordon was unable to buy rear spring mountings to lower the car by 1" so made these himself. 'They bring the spring mounting closer to the centre line of the prop-shaft so reducing acceleration squat'
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Modified spring support
The workplace
Gordon with his new toy
Having made his own rear spring mountings (see above) to get the ride height as he wanted it, Gordon has now got the
car MOT'd and taxed. Its initial 110 mile shakedown revealed nothing more than that he had inadvertently fitted the wrong radiator cap, the carbs needed a little adjustment, and so did the Spax shock absorbers.
So his new Sebring is now ready for its first event ~ the MK Classic Tour on April 22nd.
Congratulations Gordon ~ (March 2012)

 

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