Having forged strong links with BMC in the process of developing the successful Austin-Healey 100, Donald Healey turned his attention to designing a smaller version intended to make sports car motoring affordable to a wider sector of the market. Raiding the BMC parts bin for suitable components, Healey used Austin's 948cc A-Series engine; the A30/35s front suspension and rear axle; the Morris Minor's steering rack and an MG twin master cylinder. Although its powertrain and running gear were entirely conventional, as well as thoroughly tried and tested, Healey's new baby was notable for its state-of-the-art unitary construction body/chassis. Christened 'Sprite', the new sports car entered production in March 1958 featuring a distinctive forward-hinging bonnet/wings topped by two fixed 'frog eye' headlamps, thus ensuring instant recognition and the now-familiar nickname. Despite a Spartan equipment level - even the front bumper was listed as an extra! - the 'Frog Eye' sold well, which was not really surprising as there was nothing competing with it either on price or performance. Restored between 1999 and 2001, this frog eye Sprite is described as in generally good condition, although the bonnet paintwork would benefit from attention. Finished in Old English White with black interior, the car is offered with restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2009 and Swansea V5.
Please be advised that the correct Registration no. for this vehicle is: TSJ894.
There is a revised estimate of £3,000 - £4,000.