1959 AUSTIN HEALEY FROGEYED SPRITE. Cherry Red with Black Trim and Black Mohair Hood. Professionally Restored and seriously upgraded for a very well known BRDC racing driver, to his own exacting standards. 1275 Stage 2 Engine, CR Gearbox, 3.7 Diff, Disc Brakes, Uprated Suspension, Front Anti Roll Bar, Long Centre Branch Manifold, Etc. etc. Less than 3000 Miles since. Properly set up. Will sit at 85 MPH all day long and in outstanding order. Follow us on Twitter - @sherwood_resto
• Year: 1959
• Mileage: 3000 mi
This delightful little Frogeye hails from the first year of production. It was comprehensively restored from 'barn find' condition by a previous keeper who, even valuing his time at a very modest £15 per hour, reckons the project, including parts and a professional repaint, totalled c.£44,000. Though back on the road by 2007, the Sprite has since travelled just 1,100 miles, so is understandably considered by the vendor to still be in 'good' order throughout. The refurbishment work included a number improvements to the original specification, including: 1098cc A Series engine; disc front brakes; SU electric fuel pump; alternator; later, stronger 'ribbed' gearbox; Minilite wheels; and wood rim steering wheel. 'WCD 482', which is believed to have had just three owners since 1973, is now offered complete with a seven-sided report on the restoration, plus photographic evidence; a Vehicle Condition Advice Report carried out by Classis Assessments in 2010 on behalf of the most recent purchaser.
• Year: 1958
Ultimate specification Frogeye Sprite with only 3500 miles since full nut and bolt restoration undertaken by Frontline MG 1460cc Full Race Peter May Engine with race spec 1.5 inch SU Carbs Aldon Distributor with Lumenition electronic ignition Front Mounted 11 row oil cooler High Flow Revotec Fan Red Top high flow fuel pump 7.5 inch competition clutch BGH Rally spec close ratio gearbox Rolling Road Tuned delivering 143BHP at 6800rpm 4.2 Ratio LSD with fine spline halfshafts with approximately 850 miles use only Taper roller front wheel bearings Double Hub rear bearing conversion Full Frontline front suspension conversion Frontline rear telescopic conversion Lowered 1 inch springs all round 11/16 inch anti roll bar with poly bushes Rear Traction Link 4 Pot front calipers with Mintex 1144 pads Rear disc Conversion Kit Large Bore master cylinder kit Braided aeroquip hoses all round with Dot 5.1 Fluid 6x 14 inch painted steel wheels with Avon CR28 turbo speed tyres Bespoke wiring loom with upgraded feeds for the period Lucas spot lamps Heated Seats trimmed in leather Retrotrip trip meter Rear body period reversing lamp All steel body with no filler Works style hardtop with side screens
- Period modified with blown 1275cc engine and PEMA bonnet etc - Featured in Fast Car and Austin-Healey Owners' Club magazines - Shorrocks / Allard badging, Les Leston wheel, fresh MOT certificate First registered by Glamorganshire County Council on 22nd April 1960, `650 FTX' began life as a standard `Frogeye'. Reworked into its current guise by the decade's end, the two-seater appeared in contemporaneous issues of Fast Car and the Austin-Healey Owners' Club magazines. Exchanging its original 948cc engine for a supercharged 1275cc unit, `650 FTX' also gained a PEMA fibreglass bonnet, eight-gauge dashboard, rear wheelarch extensions and widened steel wheels. Laid-up from 1987-2009, it underwent various floor and wheelarch repairs plus general recommissioning before returning to the road. Sparingly used since entering the current ownership three years ago, the `Baby Healey' has only recently returned from France and is expected to possess a fresh MOT certificate by the time of sale. Pleasingly retaining much of its period paintwork plus a Les Leston wood-rim steering wheel and Shorrock / Allard badging etc, this appealing Supercharged Sprite is accompanied by numerous old bills, tax
• Year: 1960
(SOLD) This Austin Healy was known as Bugeye Sprite because of its distinctive headlights appearance. The headlights mounted on top of the centre bonnet, which hinged from the back in one piece together with outer mudguards.
• Year: 1959
• Mileage: 28003 mi
(SOLD) Completed at the Austin-Healey Works in January of 1960, this Sprite MK I "Bugeye" was configured as a US market left hand drive example. Its early history remains unknown, but by the 1990s the Sprite was in Texas with an Austin-Healey enthusiast. Here it was treated to a meticulous restoration, and tastefully upgraded to a serious performance car. The original 948cc engine was removed in favor of a 1,275cc unit, and a supercharger installed to feed it, while Minilite-style alloy wheels, white-faced Smiths gauges, and a sports steering wheel were fitted to give the car an appropriately racy look. This beautifully presented Sprite offers much-improved performance, charming looks, and should be a fun companion on the backroads for a relatively modest investment.
• Year: 1960
• Mileage: 484 mi
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