1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster  Chassis no. AN5 14896

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Lot 2
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster
Registration no. XLD 800 Chassis no. AN5 14896

Sold for £ 10,580 (US$ 14,046) inc. premium
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster
Registration no. XLD 800
Chassis no. AN5 14896

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. Christened 'Sprite', the new sports car entered production in March 1958. Its unitary construction bodyshell featured a distinctive backward-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 that surprising as there was nothing competing with it on either price or performance.

    Kingsley Curtis' first new car was an Austin-Healey Sprite, so it was almost inevitable that in later life he would want to acquire one for the collection. 'XLD 800' was purchased circa 1980 and MoT'd up to 1991. It has been off the road in dry storage since the fan belt failed. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with an old-style logbook and V5 registration document.
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1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster  Chassis no. AN5 14896
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster  Chassis no. AN5 14896
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster  Chassis no. AN5 14896
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster  Chassis no. AN5 14896
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster  Chassis no. AN5 14896
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster  Chassis no. AN5 14896
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster  Chassis no. AN5 14896
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster  Chassis no. AN5 14896
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