Lot 305 - 1965 Sprite Scrambler
|Estimate||£2,000 - £2,500|
Sprite Motor Cycles was born in 1964, set up by leading trials and scrambler rider Frank Hipkin. Partnered with Fred Evans, they manufactured production versions of the successful specials Hipkin had been building from proprietary parts for his own use; the overriding principle being the use of a high, quality, lightweight frame. In addition to the manufacture of complete machines, many Sprites were sold as kits to keep costs down and to avoid Purchase Tax, selling from £145. Two distinct types of frame were produced; the trials frame having twin, almost parallel front down tubes whilst the scrambler frame used more widely spaced front down tubes which also carried the oil where necessary, avoiding the need for a separate tank. Early Sprites were nearly always powered by Villiers engines, although a frame kit was available to house a 500cc Triumph motor. Later Sprites, from about 1968, were usually powered by Maico or Husqvarna engines.
This early Sprite, we believe, dates from 1965 and is a Scrambler model fitted with the popular and powerful 250cc Villiers Starmaker engine. It has been in the vendor's possession for the last thirty years and was restored from a dismantled state for use in pre 1965 scrambles. However, following restoration, the Sprite has raced on only one occasion as the vendor decided to stop competitive riding. Since then, the Sprite has been carefully stored and run occasionally. Now in need of light re-commissioning, this presents a rare opportunity to acquire the ultimate British two-stroke of the period which is sure to be competitive in pre-1965 events.
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