Sebring 24th March 1961
Rally Coupe des Alpes (Alpine Rally) 24th to 28th June 1961



One of six aluminium coupe Sprites bodied by Williams & Pritchard for John Sprinzel Ltd during 1960/1.

This is the 4th incarnation of the car to compete internationally bearing the PMO 200 number. It was built from parts salvaged from the previous car using a new standard black Sprite Mk1 body shell, with the steel rear bodywork replaced in alloy, a Sebring bonnet & works high side screen hardtop. At this time the doors were probably also skinned in alloy. Its first event was the 1960 RAC Rally, in this guise it was also raced at the Brands Hatch boxing day meeting.

Over the winter of 1960/1 PMO & S221 were converted to full alloy coupe specification to compete at Sebring in America. Both were painted Silver Grey, S221 had a blue nose to aid identification.

Following Sebring both cars returned to England where S221 remained a very competitive race car, while PMO was prepared for international rallying & doubling as John’s road car & customer demonstrator. PMO was also raced with great success, made all the more impressive because it was about 60kg heavier than most of its rivals which typically weighed less than 600kg.

The 1962 Monte Carlo Rally was PMO’s last international appearance, after this it was sold into private hands. The PMO registration was retained by John Sprinzel & was seen on many different competition cars. The car was re-registered 248 DXN & continued to be raced until the late ‘60s or early ‘70s passing through several owners including John Aley of ‘Aley Bars’ & Ted Walker of ‘Ferret Fotographics’.

The trail then goes cold until the 1980’s where it ended up in the collection of Tony Elshoff who stripped it in preparation for a full restoration. At some time during this period the roof of the barn where it was stored collapsed, completely flattening the car down to level with the door tops. Due to ill health the restoration never happened & in September 1999 the car was consigned to auction along with most of the collection.

The current owners acquired the car at the auction still bearing the 248 DXN registration & purchased the original PMO 200 registration a short time later. The restoration has taken 6 years. The main aim was to reuse every original component which could be safely salvaged, regardless of cost or time.

The car was finished in rally trim in time for John to drive it again in November 2005, for the first time since 1962.

Sir Stirling Moss drove PMO in the Fordwater Trophy race at the 2006 Goodwood Revival into 11th place overall.

The February 2007 edition ( issue 44 ) of OCTANE magazine features an article about PMO’s reunion with John & Sir Sterling Moss.

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