Lot 59 (Chateau Impney, 9th December 2015)
Registration No: GBJ689J
Chassis No: HAN9L66503
Mot Expiry: June 2016
- Extensively restored and modified by Severn Classics
- Speedwell Monza-style bonnet, Dan Dare removable hardtop
- Engine / g'box / diff overhauled, new wiring, fuel system, brakes
Starting out life as a standard Austin-Healey Sprite MKIII, `GBJ 689J' was purchased by the vendor from its previous owner of twenty-eight years and entrusted to Severn Classics of Cradley, West Midlands for a thorough makeover and upgrade. Stripped to a bare chassis, the Sprite had its metalwork repaired as necessary before being fitted with a new recreation fibreglass Sebring Sprite body, Speedwell Monza-style bonnet and refurbished steel doors. Work carried out on the mechanicals consisted briefly of: overhauled 1275cc engine (new pistons and piston rings etc), refurbished carburetors, rejuvenated 4-speed standard gearbox, overhauled differential and new wiring loom / fuel system / brakes. Finished in Jaguar Quartz (silver/blue) with a Black `Dan Dare' roof and Red upholstery, the two-seater is described by the vendor as being in `excellent' order with regard to its bodywork, paintwork and interior trim, while he rates the engine, gearbox and electrical equipment as `very good'. Built with excitement in mind but not neglecting comfort, the Sprite still retains its original winding windows, comfy yet supportive seats, carpeting throughout and the removable hard top. The history file comprises a photographic record of works done, a V5C and current MOT valid until June 2016.