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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

 

'Works' Sprite Register 1959 to 1964

27 Prototypes and/or Competition cars created by the Donald Healey Motor Co:

Identification Races rallies entered/drivers/results/ownership, etc Photo
YAC 740 Donald Healey and Tommy Wisdom drove this pale yellow Sprite around the Mille Miglia circuit in early 1958.
Tommy Wisdom and Jack Hay then took it on the Alpine Rally on 7th July,  1958 finishing 19th, and 2nd in class to John Sprinzel in PMO 200.
#53
(4 wheel Dunlop disc brakes)
1959 ~ Sebring 12 Hours
Entered by Hambro Auto Corp of New York
Drivers: Ed Leavens/Dr. Harold Kunz/ (?)John Colgate
Finished 2nd in class, 36th overall.
Car believed later destroyed while being towed to race in Wisconsin.
1959 car 53
#54
(4 wheel Dunlop disc brakes)
1959 ~ Sebring 12 Hours
Entered by Hambro Auto Corp of New York
Drivers: Hugh Sutherland/Phil Stiles
Finished 1st in class, 31st overall
Now owned by Butch Gilbert
butch gilbert 14
#55
UK reg: 173 AC
(4 wheel Dunlop disc brakes)
1959 ~ Sebring 12 Hours
Entered by Hambro Auto Corp of New York
Drivers: Fred Hayes/John Christy/John Colegate
Finished 3rd in class, 38th overall
Now owned Herschel Silverstone but original Sebring equipment missing.
Sebring No.55
#78
(4 wheel Dunlop disc brakes)
1959 ~ Sebring 12 Hours
Entered by Bahamas Auto Club of Nassau but DID NOT RACE

Drivers: Sir Sydney Oakes/Lady Greta Oakes/Hon P.Bethel
Reserve car. Bought by Ed Bussey it later raced at Daytona (Phil Stiles).
1959 car 78
XOH 276
(numbers some- times swapped with XOH 277)
Built 25 Nov 1958, prepared for 1959 Monte Carlo Rally #185 ~
Tommy Wisdom/Douglas Johns finished 63rd overall, 5th in class.
1959 Sestrieres Rally: Tommy Wisdom/Tony Lucas ~ 39th, 1st in class
1960 Alpine Rally Tommy Wisdom/Jack Hay ~ 2nd in class
XOH 276
XOH 277 Built 25 Nov 1958, prepared for:
1959 Monte Carlo Rally ~ Baxter/Reece ~ retired
XOH 276
364 EAC
Project XQHS
Otherwise known as the Super Sprite. It had a largely hand-crafted body developed as a road production car with a Coventry Climax engine and 4 wheel disc brakes. BMC killed off the project in 1961, not wanting to use a rival company's engine.
supersprite
7080 AC (1)
(TFR 1)
1959 Targa Florio - #70 - Wisdom/Cahier - 17th o/a, 3rd in class
1960 Alpine Rally – Wisdom/Hay ~ 995cc & Shorrock s/c ~ damaged ~
and, in mid-1960, sold to Jack Wheeler
7080 AC
7080 AC (2)

[Said by Geoff Healey to be the Targa Florio car (above) but now thought to have been built by local distributors in the USA !!]
1960 Sebring 4 Hours - #2 - Stirling Moss - 2nd overall, 1st in class
(John Sprinzel was entered as 2nd driver but did not take part)
S
old in USA after race. See 'moss60sebring' and 'Rob Gordon' pages.

Moss
Ex 219
Record Breaker
11 Sept, 1959 ~ Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah ~ took record for average speed over 12 hours, at 138.75 m.p.h ~ drivers were Tommy Widom, Ed Leavens and GusEnrman
KS 27
No 'works' Sprites on Targa Florio 1960/61/62/63
5983 AC
(Falcon)
1960 Sebring 12 Hours - John Sprinzel/ John Lumkin. 41st, last classified.
1960 Le Mans 24 Hours - John Colegate/John Dalton. Classified 16th overall, 11th in the Index of Performance, and 12th in the sports car class.

Now owned by Roger Sieling and undergoing restoration.
Falcon
8423 UE
(licence plate returned after race)
1961 Sebring 4 Hours - #6 - Ed Leavens ~ 6th

(Fibreglass bodywork)
1961 works car 6
8424 UE
(licence plate returned after race)
1961 Sebring 4 Hours, #4 Driver: Briggs Cunningham/Dick Thompson - 8th

(Fibreglass bodywork)

Believed this was the car owned for a time by Jeff Brenner.
1961 works car 4
8425 UE
(licence plate returned after race)
1961 Sebring 4 Hours - #5 - Bruce McLaren - 4th
(Fibreglass bodywork)

[Car may have been re-registered 5435 WD and loaned to Clive Baker, eventually owned and sprinted by Frank Tiedeman - not confirmed.]
JWB McLaren
8426 UE
Spec: ST 450 Known as "The Roadster"
1961 Sebring 12 Hours
Drivers: Ed Leavens/John Colegate
25th overall, 3rd in class
roadster
8427 UE
re-worked as
1413 WD
1961 Sebring 4 Hours - #3 - Walt Hansgen ~ 3rd
1961 Sebring 12 Hours #66 Joe Buzetta/Glenn Carlson ~ 15th o/a, 2nd cl.
Became the Ecurie Ecosse Sprite with new front end for:
1961 Le Mans 24 hrs #46 Sanderson/McKay (crashed at White House)
1413WD
1411WD
Spec: ST 461
1961 Le Mans 24 hrs - #42 - John Colegate/Paul Hawkins - retired.
1962 Sebring 12 hours - #72 - McQueen/Colegate retired engine failure.
1411 WD
The "Mars" Sprite, 252 GNX A development project by DHMC to give the Mark 2 Sprite more power by fitting the MGA 1622cc engine into an extended chassis frame. Just one example was produced. The car survives with Paul Woolmer. [Photo courtesy of Bill Emerson's "Healey Book"]
Mars Sprite
9251 WD
(998cc, Girling disc front brakes, 8" rear drums)
1962 Sebring 3 hrs ~ #16 ~ Steve McQueen~ 9th


Car sold in the USA, bought by San Francisco main agent - destroyed by an out of control drag car, at the Cotati circuit in 1964.
9251 WD
9252 WD 1962 Sebring 3 hrs ~ #17 ~ Innis Ireland ~ 7th
1963 Sebring 3 hrs ~ #3 ~ (As MG MIdget) ~ Graham Hill ~ DNF (gearbox)

Car returned to UK, sold to S.R.Richards, eventually broken up (1991).
Mk 2
9253 WD 1962 Sebring 3 hrs ~ #22 ~ Pedro Rodriguez ~ 6th
1963 Sebring 3 hrs ~ used as practice car

Car returned to UK. Owned by 'works' driver John Harris for one year (1964) then by John Willetts from 1965-2012, before going to Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird.
Mk 2
9254 WD
(Alloy hardtop)
1962 Sebring 3 hrs ~ #15 ~ Stirling Moss ~ 3rd
1963 Sebring 3 hrs ~ #1 ~ Pedro Rodriguez ~ DNF (diff)

Car returned to UK. Destroyed in racing accident, when driven by Christabel Carlisle, at Silverstone later in 1963.
Mk 2
DHMC did not enter the 1962 Le Mans 24 hrs
58 FAC 1963 Sebring 12 Hours ~ #69 ~ Colegate/Baker ~ 32nd ~ engine trouble
1963 Le Mans 24 Hours ~ #42 ~John Whitmore/Bob Olthoff ~ DNF
Olthoff crashed at White House at 1 a.m. - driver recovered in hospital, the car presumed written off.
KS 56
693 LAC
(TFR 2)
1964 Targa Florio - #192 - Hopkirk/Wisdom - DNF - diff failure - 3 laps
1964 Nurburgring 1000 kms - #122 - Baker/Bradley, 29th & 3rd in class
1964 Nassau Trophy - 15th, 1st in class, & Governors Trophy DNF.
Lightweight with semi-elliptic r/springs. Later the car had a Targa style short roof, this extended to the tail when owned by Richard Groves.
KS 7
UK reg: 770 KNX
Chassis No: ? ? ?
1,098 cc XSP (1292cc for 1965)
1964 Sebring 12 Hours - #61 - up to 3.0 class - Baker/Colegate - 24th o/a
1964 Le Mans 24 Hours - #53 - Clive Baker/Bill Bradley - 24th overall
1965 Sebring 12 Hours - #62 - Paddy Hopkirk/Timo Makinen 18th, 3rd in cl.
Fate unknown.
770 KNX
UK reg: 776 KNX
Chassis No: HAN8-64-R-2
1,098 cc engine, XSP 2173-2
1964 Sebring 12 Hours -#67 - up to 1.3 GT class - Al Pease/Donna Mae Mims - DNF (rear axle failed)
Had almost a road car finish internally.
After repair in UK shipped out to Stephen Pitcairn in the USA - still in private hands today.
776 KNX


See also the text on the Works Cars 1959 to 64 page, and then take a look at Works Cars 1965 to 69 and Works Register 1965 to 69 for the 10 "wind-tunnel" cars, and others of that period.

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