1959 Austin Healey Frog Eye Sprite
Lot 312
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite 'MkI' Competition Roadster, Chassis no. AN5/20031 Engine no. 9CUH/19372
Sold for £12,075 (US$ 20,295) inc. premium
Lot Details
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite 'MkI' Competition Roadster

Registration no. 137 KTF
Chassis no. AN5/20031
Engine no. 9CUH/19372

Footnotes

  • This 'Frog Eye' Sprite comes with an old-style continuation logbook showing that it was registered to Cockers Garage Ltd in July 1962. Four further owners are recorded (one a motor dealer) the last of whom, Angus Exley of Huddersfield, acquired the car in September 1969. Mr Exley is recorded as previous keeper on the accompanying Swansea V5C.

    In 1968, while was owned by one Thomas Moncaster of Luddendenfoot, the Sprite was rebuilt using all new components. The engine was rebuilt to 'full race' specification by BRT Developments of Rochdale and the gearbox, transmission, suspension, brakes and steering extensively modified and up-rated for competition. A detailed specification listing is available (perusal recommended). Modifications to the bodywork include de-seaming and brazing the joints; fire proofing the rear bulkhead; fitting a single-hoop rollover bar; and Waxoyling the internal box sections. The car comes with the standard soft-top and frame together with a matching glassfibre hardtop in white.

    '137 KTF' has been used for occasional hill climbing and sprinting over only four seasons: 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1978 (approximately 20 events in total) and has been dry stored for the last 32 years in a dehumidified garage. Its long-term storage has been undertaken with care and the engine has been turned over on a regular basis with the bores oiled and the clutch kept free. We are advised that the engine has run for approximately 30 hours in total and has had one rebuild.
    The current owner acquired the Sprite on 14th February 2004 and has used it to the present day for enjoyment in good weather, describing it as 'a beautiful car and so thrilling to drive.' Only 7,987 miles have been covered from new and the car is described as in generally very good/excellent condition.

    A single-axle car transporter trailer is included in the sale (its wheels are the Sprite's originals) and the car also comes with several boxes of parts removed during the course of the 1968 rebuild (detailed list available). Works carried out prior to the sale include servicing, tuning, lubricant checks, greasing all round and under-body Waxolying. The car is offered with current road fund licence, Swansea V5C document, and starting procedure and bonnet opening instructions.
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