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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

 

TRV 202 ~ 1959 Frogeye with rally past?

Our surgeon friend Sven Eckhardt, in Germany, acquired this sad old Frogeye in an auction on ebay in August last year, 2014, from a chap called Nigel Bear. It appears that he was selling it on behalf of a friend/aquaintance who was in poor health but whose name was not passed on. No paperwork came with the car and attempts to obtain information from the owner's family have failed. Sven asked David Scothorn to do a bit of research and has now obtained a Heritage certificate for it. Its a 1959 car (chassis numberin the 20,000s) and was delivered to Haigs Motors in September that year. The original colour was Iris Blue and it was pretty much standard. First registered owner was D.J. Sparshatt in Portsmouth. It had formerly been UK registered as TRV 202 and has a Speedwell exhaust manifold, anti-roll bar and badge on its rocker cover. Sven thinks the car may have been rallied but it has been off the road for over 30 years. Much of the metalwork is decidely rotten, but its Thompson´s body number and chassis number are numerically close together and would seem to match up.

Sven stripped the car at the end of last year.The (probably) Speedwell hardtop was minus its rear screen, was cracked and had no fixing mechanism. It was not made of fibreglass, and he has now disposed of it. The dashboard, brakes, suspension and steering wheel are standard. He initially thought there might be Speedwell rockers but they turned out to be the Cooper type cast iron items. There were no carburettors and the engine is a standard Gold Seal unit with standard valves, camshaft, and type and size pistons. There are double valve springs. The cylinder head was cracked so has been binned while retaining the rocker springs and valves and the other engine bits which will be rebuilt in due course. The 'smooth-case gearbox' hasn´t yet been checked as to whether it is anything special. No bonnet came with the car though it does look as though a steel bonnet was fitted. There are some modifications to the wiring and extra switches - hence Sven's belief that the car  might have been rallied. There is also some evidence of the car having had a hefty shunt as the right front chassis leg is bent (the bonnet might have gone then). The radiator has now been refurbished with an uprated core and has gone into Sven's Sebring for the time being. The bodyshell has now been dismantled, with only the front suspension, tunnel and rear shoud proving re-useable. As you can see from the photos Sven has started building up the main floor section on his jig using a Heritage main floor panel and Ashley Hinton bits and pieces. More photos will be added as the work progresses.

An Appeal for Information.

Sven is keen to learn anything he can about the car's history so if you can help please report any information to me via Feedback

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As collected Oct 2014
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Rather a lot of rusty steel!!
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Probably its best angle!
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Oh dear.
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Would you even think..
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..of trying to stitch..
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..this lot back together?
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Well Sven would, and is.
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Thompson number.
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New panels join old.
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