Lot 306 - 1970 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk IV
|Odometer reading||15,600 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,500|
|Result||Sold - £7,056|
First introduced at Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) on the 20th May 1958 as a low-cost model, the Sprite was designed by the Donald Healey Motor Company, who received a royalty payment from the manufacturers BMC. The low cost of £669 was achieved by using a mildly tuned version of the 'A' Series engine and as many other components from existing cars as possible. Manufactured at the MG sports car factory at Abingdon, it was not surprising the success of the design would lead to an MG version which was known as the Midget.
This lovely Sprite has been the subject of a restoration and presents in splendid condition. Originally registered on 16th April 1970 and described by the vendor as being a pleasure to drive, there is a comprehensive history file dating back to 1994. Photographic evidence of the restoration is due to be passed to us shortly. The car is finished in red with beige trim and piped red, and sits proudly on wire wheels. It also comes supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 10th March 2014. Good Sprites are hard to find and, with summer apparently just around the corner, this represents an ideal opportunity to enjoy those long warm evenings at an affordable price.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.