1958 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI 'Frog Eye' Roadster
Chassis no. AN5-L/8643
Engine no. 9C-U-H/8185
This 'Frog Eye' Sprite was in a dilapidated condition when imported into the Netherlands from the USA in 1990. It was still in this sad state when bought by the last owner in August 1990 from a repair shop in Goes, Netherlands. Soon after acquisition the mammoth task of restoration commenced.
The body was removed and sandblasted back to bare metal and the entire car dismantled, with all removed parts refurbished and stored ready for re-assembly. Sourced from EuroSpeed Services in Valburg, original replacement parts were used only where necessary.
After stripping, the body was mounted on a rotisserie for easy accessibility, and following its complete restoration was repainted in its beautiful British Racing Green livery. The engine was sent to a specialist company in Thiel, Arnhem for a complete overhaul. In the meantime, the damaged seats were stripped and re-upholstered with new leather, and a new walnut dashboard installed. The latter's sublime glass-like finish is the result of more than 20 coats of lacquer.
After the repaint at the beginning of 1995, the process of re-assembly began and one year later the completed, concours-condition Sprite passed its technical inspection. Since 1996, the car has participated in and been admired at many club rallies, treasure hunts and pleasure trips, averaging some 1,000 to 2,000 kilometres annually.
The car is offered with BMIHT certificate, restoration photographs, Netherlands registration papers and roadworthiness certificate. It remains one of the most beautiful 'Frog Eye' Sprites you are likely to see.