One letter in particular was sent from Ray Wiggin at Reliant to Colin at Autocars Co. Ltd., in Israel and 23rd March 1962 and details the new FW3 export model that was set to become the Carmel. The letter states:
“Dear Col, We have now had an opportunity to take a few photographs of the F.W.3 without the undue haste applied to car number one, and a set is enclosed. We hope you like them.”
Along with the letter are a series of photographs of the FW3 that were taken at Drayton Manor Park and Zoo in Tamworth.
Another letter from the same year is also addressed to Colin from Sabra Motors Corporation of America based in New York, The letter is rather an excitable one that informs Colin that for the first time a Sabra not only finished a race but it also won it as well beating 18 other cars that included 9 Porsches and MGAs, Sunbeam Alpines and a Mercedes Benz 190 SL. One of the Porsches was, at that time, known to be the fastest on the East Coast. That was unable to catch the Sabra as it would always pull away on the corners and so widened the gap all the time. The Porsche came in second place.
Up until now Sabras, according to the letter, always overheated badly and had to quit the race and so this was the first race that a Sabra had finished. The Sabra was owned by a 47 year old dentist called Ben Poster who wanted to prove that the car was a winner in its class. He also did not push the car over 5,500 rpm as the day before oil gauge pipe had “popped out” just before the race and disposed of the connecting-rod bearings.
The archive also contains a number of photos that belonged to Colin that show the development of the Sabra Sport Prototype many of which have not been seen before.