Ashley Laminates was founded in 1955 by Peter Pellandine and Keith Waddington. Peter selected the name 'Ashley' after the name of his house in Woodford Green, UK. Along with building body shells, they also offered a range of products for special builders. The list of products they offered included radiators, header tanks, steel tubing, sheet aluminum, suspension components, water pumps, tires, tubes, wheels, and lighting sets.
Pellandine and Waddington operated out of a garage next to the Robin Hood in at Loughton, Essex.
In May of 1958, the Austin Healey Sprite arrived on the market and offered motorists an opportunity to have some spirited motoring at an affordable price. The engine, transmission, rear axle, and front suspension were all from the Austin A35, but the steering components would come from the Morris Minor.
During Ashley Laminates Limited's early years of producing fiberglass bodies, most of the conversions were for the Austin Sevens and Ford Eights. With the arrival of the Frogeye Sprite they branched out into hardtops and lightweight forward-hinging bonnets. The conversion transformed the rather odd-looking Frogeye into something more streamlined and conventional. Ashley fabricated a new bonnet with a bigger air intake and central power-bulge. They continued to make hardtops and bonnets for the Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midgets until it ceased trading in 1972.