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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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The Williams & Pritchard/Sprinzel Coupés

A Brief History of John Sprinzel's Sebring Sprite with Williams & Pritchard aluminium Coupé bodywork

The Sprinzel Sebring Sprite Coupé first saw the light of day at the London Racing Car Show, held in the Royal Horticultural Society's halls in Chelsea, in January 1961.  John Sprinzel had been associated with Sprites since they went into production in 1958, having raced and rallied Austin A35s during the 1957 season.  He had been involved in the creation of another special bodied Sprite, the Speedwell GT, but after a difference of opinion with fellow directors as to that firm's future direW & P bonnetction, he sold his shares to Graham Hill, and departed. Healey Sprites had been successful in two of the long distance races at Sebring, in Florida, and in the pursuit of improved aero-dynamics the flowing body-shape and curved windscreen were crafted, at Sprinzel's instigation, by London coachbuilders, Williams & Pritchard.  Being built for racing, the coupé top, rear shroud and wings on all the cars were of aluminium though only one had an alloy bonnet, all the others being in fibreglass.  Some cars had doors with aluminium panelling and fibreglass inner frames.

It is thought that probably 6 cars were built to this specification, see below:

PMO 200

PMO

John Sprinzel's own race car, also driven by Stirling Moss at Sebring in 1961, restored by Paul Woolmer

S221

S221 Le Mans

Driven by Pat Moss at Sebring in 1961 - the one of the Coupés to have survived intact, now raced regularly by Chris Clegg

410EAO

EAO

The ex-Andrew Hedges Coupé which has been meticulously restored by Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird
and now owned by Jim Lowry (August 2011)

WJB 707

WJB

Originally raced by Ian Walker, later sold to Stephen Bowen who has owned it over 30 years. Now fully restored.

D 20

D20

David Seigle-Morris's car which was later raced in Germany after which it disappeared. Where is it now?

5 WW

5WW

Another Coupé comes to light?


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