1965 Austin-Healey Sprite
Austin-Healey was a British sports car maker established in 1952 through a joint venture between the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and the Donald Healey Motor Company (Healey), a renowned automotive engineering and design firm. Leonard Lord represented BMC and Donald Healey his firm. BMC merged with Jaguar Cars in 1966 to form British Motor Holdings (BMH). Donald Healey left BMH in 1968 when it merged into British Leyland. Healey then joined Jensen Motors, which had been making bodies for the "big Healeys" since their inception in 1952 and became their chairman in 1972. Austin-Healey cars were produced until 1972 when the 20-year agreement between Healey and Austin came to an end.
A MK 3 Sprite very similar excepting a few trim pieces to the MG Midget, is for consignment here at Classic Auto Mall. An interesting little sports car presenting in nice condition overall. A very good interior, and good exterior combine to make this a great little slice of British fun, with a little kick!
A nice patina white covers the exterior, and blends with plenty of chrome in this mini car, which is all in good condition. Paint is not perfect but has a nice feel of time spent on the road. From its egg crate grille, to headlight bezels, bumpers and window surrounds, chrome shows nicely, but again not perfect but showing use over time. Bringing up the rear is a tiny trunk with a chrome luggage rack atop. Gaps are just a little off on this trunk but is remains dry inside. A tonneau covers the convertible top area, but the car does not have a top installed. Standard gray steel wheels with A H emblazoned moon caps cover all 4 corners.
Beautifully restored vinyl in red tuck and roll inserts with smooth red bolsters, all bordered by white piping. Nicely cared for red carpeting floods the interior. Door panels are pristine, with chromed cranks, and a white piping bordered panel. Looking forward, we note a fine black dash sporting Smiths gauges, and plenty of toggles and pulls to play with. An interesting wood bordered and vinyl inserted steering wheel with an original horn button fronts the red vinyl padded topped dash.
A lift of the bonnet and we meet a 1098cc 4-cylinder restored with its olive drab color block and valve cover. This is fed by twin Stromberg Carbs, and backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. Noted is the original air cleaners on the Su's, and a blower fan just to keep things cool under the hood.
Appearing original we see a lot of ground effect panels underneath, some surface rust, and a sturdy frame. New brake lines are noted, and rockers appear to have been replaced with new, but this cannot be confirmed. Either way no invasive rust to be found.
A nice little sporty Sprite in good condition overall, a great interior, quick starting engine, and smooth runner and shifter. Perfect car for going for a fun summer tool in the hills, winding your way through the cool forest air on an otherwise hot day.
N-2 Seat Tourer
L-Left Hand Drive
42155-Sequential Unit Number