1958 Austin-Healey Mkl Roadster  Chassis no. HAN 55472 Engine no. 9CU 44805

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Lot 665
1958 Austin-Healey Mkl Roadster
Registration no. UFK 757 Chassis no. HAN 55472 Engine no. 9CU 44805

Sold for £ 5,750 (US$ 7,323) inc. premium
1958 Austin-Healey Mkl Roadster
Registration no. UFK 757
Chassis no. HAN 55472
Engine no. 9CU 44805

Footnotes

  • 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 A30/35’s 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 over the course of the past ten years, this ‘frog eye’ Sprite runs well and is described as good in all areas. Finished in red with matching interior, the latter re-carpeted in 2007, car comes with invoices exceeding £2,000 in total for work carried out in recent years and is offered with Swansea V5C document. We understand that the vehicle was last MoT’d in 2006. Currently forming part of a small private collection that is being rationalised, it is currently unlicensed and may require the usual careful re-commissioning before further use.
1958 Austin-Healey Mkl Roadster  Chassis no. HAN 55472 Engine no. 9CU 44805
1958 Austin-Healey Mkl Roadster  Chassis no. HAN 55472 Engine no. 9CU 44805
1958 Austin-Healey Mkl Roadster  Chassis no. HAN 55472 Engine no. 9CU 44805
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