1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421

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Lot 203
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop
Chassis no. AHSL44421

Sold for € 14,950 (US$ 16,391) inc. premium
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop
Chassis no. AHSL44421
•Matching numbers and colours
•Restored to original specification circa four years ago
•Current technical inspection

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 public. 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 dual master cylinder. Named 'Sprite', the new sports car entered production in March 1958. Its unitary construction bodyshell featured 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 that surprising as there was nothing competing with it on either price or performance.

    This matching numbers and colours Mk1 Sprite is fitted with an original, and very hard to find, factory hardtop. Restored to original specification around four years ago and inspected six months ago, the car is described by the vendor as in good condition throughout and running well. Accompanying documentation consists of a history file containing an owner's handbook, historical technical report, sundry restoration invoices, and Spanish (historic) registration papers.

    Austin-Healey Sprite « Frog Eye » Mk1 roadster avec hardtop d'usine 1960
    Châssis n° AHSL44421

    •Numéros et couleurs concordants
    •Restaurée aux spécifications d'origine il y a environ 4 ans
    •Contrôle technique en vigueur

    Ayant tissé des liens forts avec BMC dans le cadre du développement de la très populaire Austin-Healey 100, Donald Healey se tourna vers la conception d'une version plus petite, afin de rendre le sport automobile accessible à un plus large public. Après une razzia dans la corbeille de pièces détachées de BMC pour trouver les composants nécessaires, Healey utilisa le moteur le moteur 948 cm3 série A d'Austin, la suspension avant et l'essieu arrière de l'A30/35, le boîtier de direction de la Morris Minor et le maître-cylindre de la MG. Baptisée « Sprite », la nouvelle sportive entra en production en mars 1958. Sa construction monocoque faisait appel à un ensemble aile/capot avant caractéristique, articulé à l'avant et surmonté de deux phares qui ressemblaient à des yeux de grenouille (frog eye) qui lui valaient son surnom familier et la certitude d'être reconnue instantanément. Malgré un niveau d'équipement spartiate – le pare-chocs avant était même en option ! – la Frog Eye se vendit bien, ce qui n'était pas si surprenant vu qu'il n'existait rien de comparable, ni en prix, ni en performances.

    Cette Sprite Mk1 à numéros et couleurs concordants est équipé d'un hardtop d'usine original, particulièrement difficile à trouver. Restaurée aux spécifications d'origine il y a environ 4 ans, et inspectée il y a six mois, la voiture est décrite par le vendeur comme étant en bon état général et fonctionnant bien. La documentation fournie comprend un dossier historique contenant un manuel du propriétaire, un rapport technique historique, diverses factures de restauration et ses papiers d'immatriculation (historique) espagnole.
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1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
1960 Austin Healey Sprite 'Frog Eye' Mk1 Roadster with Factory Hardtop  Chassis no. AHSL44421
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