Intended to make sports car motoring more affordable, the Donald Healey-designed Sprite entered production at MG's Abingdon factory in March 1958. The car's unitary construction bodyshell featured a distinctive, rearward-hinging, combined bonnet and wings, which was topped by two 'frog eye' headlamps, thus ensuring instant recognition and the now familiar nickname. Powered initially by the Austin A35's 948cc A-Series engine, the Sprite also used the saloon's gearbox, front suspension and rear axle, though Healey chose to up-rate the rest of the running gear by using Morris Minor rack-and-pinion steering and an MG master cylinder for the hydraulic brakes (the A35's rears were mechanical). Equipped with twin SU carburettors, the engine produced 43bhp, which was good enough for a top speed of around 86mph. 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.
This particular 'Frog Eye' was purchased by the current vendor from one David Jordan of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire circa March 1984 and comes with an old-style continuation logbook listing six previous owners. The car's mechanical condition is not known, though the engine turns over, while the chassis and body are described as 'average' and the paintwork and original interior as 'poor'. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with the aforementioned logbook and Swansea V5.