T he Arkley, essentially a re-bodied Austin Healey Sprite/MG Midget (Spridget), was produced by John Britten Garages of Arkley, Hertfordshire, designed in association with the Lenham Motor Company. Launched in 1970, it was initially offered in two forms: the S model body kit fitted the standard wheels of the donor vehicle; the SS accommodated wider wheels, and eventually became the standard body type.
The kit, which fits any post-1958 Spridget, comprises new fibreglass front and rear ends to be fitted to a donor car. The motoring journalist Bill Hartford described the end result as “a combination of the Morgan, Triumph TR series and Lotus Seven”. John Britten produced the kits from 1970 until 1987, when Peter May Engineering acquired the manufacturing rights. As at 2019 the company continues to supply the Arkley bodykit.
|Manufacturer:||John Britten Garages, 1970–1987|
Peter May Engineering, 1987–present