A totally original, and sought after Frogeye Sprite.

About:

Still triumphant in club level racing today, the much-loved Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite was created to be an open-topped sports car for the people. Originally designed to retract, its distinctive headlights, mounted on top of the bonnet earnt it, its ‘frogeye’ nickname.

Both stylish and popular, the Austin Healey Frogeye’s strong unitary construction chassis was ground-breaking for an open-topped sports car. Its 948 cc OHV engine with twin 11/8 inch SU carburettors, gave it a top speed of around 82.9 mph and it could do 0-60 mph in 20.5 seconds.

With design a priority, there were no exterior door handles, instead the doors were opened by reaching inside and the boot was accessed by pulling the seats forward.

Victory on the racetrack came immediately when the Frogeye Sprite won its class in the 1958 Alpine Rally. The Frogeye went on to win many major international races and rallies over its lifetime and continues to rule the race track today.

Mark II brought upgrades to the SU carburretors in 1961, as well as a less distinguished appearance with the replacement of the ‘frogeye’ headlights. It was soon followed by the 1964 Mark III which featured a curved windscreen and exterior door handles. The Mark IV was the last version in 1966, with a fixed folding hood.

The last Sprites produced in 1971, were simply called Sprites because British Leyland had ended its relationship with the Donald Healey Motor Company. Today, the Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite, continues as it was intended, as a highly desired sports car both on the road and track.

The car:

This gorgeous, highly sought-after original 1959 Series One 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye is in good condition both inside and out. With exemptions from both MOT and tax, it is a stunning car to take on the road, that will attract plenty of attention.

History:

Carefully stored away for a number of years, this original Austin Healey Frogeye was recently taken out of storage and recommissioned. Cared for by its previous owner for the past 16 years, it is in great shape for a car of its age. It comes complete with extensive records of previous works carried out, as well as past MOTs. This beautiful Sprite is both MOT and tax exempt .

Engine:

This sought-after Austin Healey Frogeye is great fun to take on the road. An original Sprite, it comes with a twin carb engine. In good mechanical order, it drives well and handles as you would expect for a car of its age.

The current mileage is 85700

Exterior: The Old English White finish of this Sprite looks stunning. An original Mark I Austin Healey Sprite, it features a black soft top and a fetching chrome bumper, grille and trims.

Interior: Inside, the Austin Healey is finished in eye-catching red throughout, with charming original seats and cream piping.

Rowland says: “This is a wonderful, sought-after Series One Frogeye, that is guaranteed to attract lots of attention on the road. In great condition for its age, we recommend a visit to our showroom to view and test drive this stunning Frogeye.

Come and see it for yourself at our showroom in Grantham on the A52.

Viewing by appointment only. Please call first to ensure it is available when you arrive.

Details

  • Condition: Used
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Recorded Mileage: 85700
  • Engine Size: 948
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Date First Registered: 1959
  • Drive Side: Right Hand Drive
  • Fuel: Petrol
  • Exterior Colour: Old English White
  • Interior Colour: Red
  • Tax Exempt: Yes
  • MOT Exempt: Yes
  • Our Price: £17995
  • Our Grading: 3
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