We don’t know much about this project yet but we are sure this extremely rare Kingfisher Sprint will be restored to its former glory. Our customer, who recently purchased the car from Scotland, drove down to Birmingham to buy some much needed parts from us to begin the restoration in Ernest before going back to his native France.
It was certainly a worthwhile road trip, and one our customer has taken many times. If you are a follower of ours or have attended classic car shows in the last few years, you may have come across the name Nicolas Pinon. Nicolas is a good friend of ours at the David Manners Group and has already restored Classic Minis to concours standard with our help and won many awards along the way.
The Kingfisher Sprint has a very unique history. Only 35 were built, and not all of these were completed by businessman Roger King in the 1970’s. The body of the car was changed and increased in length, with wheel arches wider added. This was joined by an air dam at the front. The rear hatch was swept up at the back to provide a spoiler. The rear window came from a Datsun 120Y while at the front the VW Beetle screen was employed.
For updates on this project, check out Nicolas Pinon’s Facebook page here.