Lot 340 - 1969 MG Midget by The Frogeye Car Co. Healey Frogeye
|Odometer reading||10,400 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,648|
The Healey Frogeye was conceived by Donald Healey and his son Geoffrey prior to Donald's death and then was taken through to production by Geoffrey Healey and Keith Brading of the Frogeye Car Company in the Isle of White. The Healey Consultancy, which owns the trade mark 'Healey', licensed the name to the car. Please note that Rover Group owns 'Austin Healey' and has no copyright on the name 'Healey'. We all remember the Healey Silverstone, Jensen Healey, Nash Healey and Alvis Healey. This is just another Healey! Manufactured in the Isle of White, these cars were available as either a restoration assembly or as a complete car. Both options were based on the running gear of a Sprite or Midget, Geoffrey never differentiated between two as in his eyes the Midget was really just a Mk. II Sprite with an MG badge. The very last cars gained Limited Type Approval and were powered by the K Series engine and were registered as new cars. From the outset, and due to Geoffrey's involvement, the Austin Healey Owners Club accepted the car as a Healey Frogeye and it was eligible for all the clubs activity including motorsport. Check the results today and you will find 50% of the leader boards feature these Island Frogs.
The Healey Frogeye offered here comes to us under sad circumstances; the vendor's husband purchased the car when it was nearly new about twelve years ago and unfortunately died about six months later due to a sudden illness. This has meant that the car has had very little use only being driven to an MoT testing station every year and then put back into the garage again and as such, is in as new condition! Based on an MG Midget Mk. III and finished in red with red seats and matching four point safety harnesses, the car is ready to be used and driven. Fitted with a 1275cc Oselli prepared engine and a 40 DCOE Weber carburettor, this makes for a very quick little sports car, it can also stop in a hurry with the use of the servo assisted brakes. It is supplied with a full set of weather equipment, copies of the build book, a history file with all the old MoT certificates, a new MoT test certificate and a V5C registration document. A fun, very usable small British sports car that requires minimal maintenance to keep in tip-top condition.
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