Wed, 6th Oct 2021 13:00

The Pavilion Gardens Buxton

 
Lot 17
 

1960 Austin-Healey 'Frogeye' Sprite

Sold for £10,125

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: 4356 MK
Chassis No: AN539194
MOT: Exempt

  • Subject to recent recommissioning after long term dry storage
  • New duplex timing chain, distributor, oil and filter change plus some new chrome work
  • Fitted with steel bonnet, side screens and new Tonneau cover
  • Offered with Heritage certificate, collection of old MOT's and invoices
  • 5 former keepers shown on HPI
  • Understood to be an older restoration

Intended as a spiritual successor to inexpensive pre-war sports cars such as the MG M-type or Austin 7 Nippy, the Austin-Healey Sprite was launched in May 1958. Fruit of the growing partnership between Donald Healey and Austin's Leonard Lord, its design costs were kept to a minimum through some inspired BMC parts bin raiding. Built around a lightweight monocoque, it combined the Austin A35's independent front suspension and four-speed gearbox. Powered by a twin-carburettor fed 948cc A-series four-cylinder engine developing some 43bhp and 52lbft of torque, it was capable of over 80mph. Credit for the Frogeye's wonderful styling lies with both Gerry Coker and Les Ireland. Put on sale for just £669 including purchase tax rarely before or since has a sports car enjoyed such a large fun-to-price ratio.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Good’
Engine: 'Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent'
Paintwork: ‘Good'
Gearbox: 'Average'
Interior Trim: 'Good'

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
james.mcwilliam@handh.co.uk
07943 584760

 

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