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Old 12-22-2011, 04:35 PM   #21
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Damn that metalshapes guy for posting pics of mid '50s Aston Martin roadsters in this thread! ... Where's a moderator when you need one to keep a thread "on-topic"?
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:42 PM   #22
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...maybe I should have just googled it...
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:52 PM   #23
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Hi Hemi32...

Thanks for the invite. You did a great job of posting links to several of the Sorrell related stories. I've not done one on this Sorrell-bodied car yet, but I believe the car is in Florida (I didn't read the detail at the beginning of the thread, in case this was mentioned).

These open roadster bodies were stunning, and what's fascinating to me is that the molds for the large one (100" wheelbase) and small one (94" wheelbase) still exist. That brings up all sorts of possibilities, doesn't it?

Great car, and much credit should go to Mark Brinker for restoring his Sorrell SR-100 and to Mike Larkin for building his SR-190 from scratch. Both beautiful sports cars.

Hope this adds a bit of new info to all, and happy holidays gang :-)

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Old 12-26-2011, 09:45 AM   #24
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Thanks HEMI32, great links! I thought I was going to get some work done this morning, but it looks like I've got some reading to do. Thanks again.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:49 PM   #25
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I don't really know much about this J2 when it Sorrell bodied, except for this article from Motor Life magazine (December '57).

When I saw the Sorrell at Amelia Island this past March, it stopped me in my tracks. I don't think I've ever seen a car that beautiful or impractical. The lines were perfect, but I kept wondering how you would get in the thing since it didn't have any doors and the seates were at least a foot inboard of the outside of the car. Then at the awards ceremony I saw how you got in...by raising the body by hydraulics...holy crap!!!

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Old 12-27-2011, 10:30 PM   #26
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Here's a few additional pics of the Sorrel at Amelia...




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Old 12-28-2011, 08:56 AM   #27
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Thats a surprise!
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:38 PM   #28
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... I've not done one on this Sorrell-bodied car yet, but I believe the car is in Florida (I didn't read the detail at the beginning of the thread, in case this was mentioned) ...
Geoff (G. Hacker) -

Thanks for chiming-in!

Ryan's Blog does mention that Lavell's (Sorrell SR-100 bodied) Allard J2 was found by John Aibel ... and that it has been restored back to it's original configuration:


Allard # J-2123 (restored by Tivvey Sheldon for John Aibel)

Mr. Aibel lives in Naples, Florida ... So are you saying that he still has the Sorrell SR-100 body?
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:38 PM   #29
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I don't really know much about this J2 when it Sorrell bodied, except for this article from Motor Life magazine (December '57)...
Colin (Allard Register) -

Thanks for chiming-in! ... and for sharing this article:


"HYBRID SPORTS CAR" from page 68 of the December 1957 issue of MOTOR LIFE magazine
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:39 PM   #30
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...Great car, and much credit should go to Mark Brinker for restoring his Sorrell SR-100 and to Mike Larkin for building his SR-190 from scratch. Both beautiful sports cars...
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...When I saw the Sorrell at Amelia Island this past March, it stopped me in my tracks. I don't think I've ever seen a car that beautiful or impractical. The lines were perfect, but I kept wondering how you would get in the thing since it didn't have any doors and the seates were at least a foot inboard of the outside of the car. Then at the awards ceremony I saw how you got in...by raising the body by hydraulics...holy crap!!!
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Here's a few additional pics of the Sorrel at Amelia...
Not to hijack this thread any further ... but I thought it was worth mentioning that the restoration of Dr. Mark (mrbhotrod) Brinker's "Sorrell~Manning Special" was actually chronicled & discussed here on the H.A.M.B. ...

Here's some posts by T2Vracing (of T2V RACING & RESTORATION in Arivaca, Arizona):

* American Specials or Road Racing a Hot Rod

* The Mabee Special

* Early Hemi to a Jag 4 spd ????

* early hemi Cunningham intake with injection

* Early HEMI head interchange ????

* pin Knock-off Ford Hubs Best way to go ??

* Which water pump best for 354 road racer

* Cunningham powered Sorrell Manning Special Lives again


... and couple of posts by rexrogers (of Dave Crouse's CUSTOM AUTO in Loveland, Colorado):

* who forms lexan windsheilds?

* Project updates from Custom Auto
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Here's a 3/4 rear view pic of Lavell's Sorrell-bodied J2 Allard at the Bonneville:


NOTE: Toby Denham posted this pic in Dean Lowe's
Vintage Bonneville car pictures thread
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:26 AM   #32
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