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Lot 341 - 1959 Austin Healey Sprite

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£19,125

Auction Coys Olympia February 2017
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Lot Number 341
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number AN5 23769
Year 1959
Make Austin Healey
Model Sprite

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Description

Supplied new by “The Car Mart” in London, this lovely Healey was registered on 5th October 1959. It still carries not only its original registration number, but also the actual plates as fitted by “The Car Mart”. In the file is the original logbook, handbook and workshop manual, in addition to the last tax disc worn before it was laid up in 1973. There is also a comprehensive file of receipts for parts used during the restoration.

Bodily the car is excellent, being restored with new floors, inner and outer sills, rear bulkhead outer skin, boot floor etc., all fitted using a spot welder for a factory look. In addition, new longitudinal top hat stiffeners were fitted as well as various other minor repairs. The bottoms were removed from the chassis legs and replaced with new metal. The whole body shell was professionally prepared and painted in Iris blue. Wherever the car goes it always draws comments about the quality of the panel fit and the finish of the paint. The rest of the components, such as the fuel tank are also sprayed to a mirror finish in black.

All matching numbers,  the 948cc sprite engine is mated to a lightened (as per special tuning) flywheel. During the rebuild the Crank was re-ground, new bearings fitted, block re-bored to plus 30 thou, new pistons fitted, high lift cam fitted, new seals 1and gaskets etc. Fitted with rather special 12G295 cylinder head with 34mm inlet and 29mm exhaust valves, this has been expertly ported and polished in period. Carburettors are 1 1/2″ H4 type SU’s with period ram pipes. The smooth type gearbox, believed to be fitted with Mk 11 (close) ratios, was merely inspected, cleaned and re-fitted. New engine and gearbox mountings throughout, as were hardy spicers  to the propshaft. The rear axle was cleaned, inspected, fitted with new seals and re-fitted. The front suspension was re-built with new trunnions as needed.

This car is fitted with wire wheels along with an adaptor plate which allows the backplate to be replaced by a Girling calliper and master cylinder. As one would expect with this set up, the car steers and stops very, very well indeed. Regarding  electrics, new colour correct cloth braided wiring harness, new Lucas sports coil, new fuse box, re-built dynamo (with tacho drive).

The interior is Superb and very period looking! Seats were re-built, with new foams etc . New carpet set and mostly new interior trim panels. Instruments are all original to the car and all in full working order. The steering wheel is a SEBRING SPRITE item. A period Lucas dipping rear view mirror as fitted to works sprites, is also fitted. The doors have the ribbed rubber on the inside and the original moulded door pockets have been re-covered to match the rest of the interior. There is also an original BMC type jack and handle in the boot. This is restored and in full working order. ]

There is a restored hood frame, as well as a new hood, which has a zip out rear window. The Original frogeye sidescreens have been restored, tonneau cover is original. This Sprite is fitted with a Genuine BMC works hardtop. The chrome has all been re-plated, including the handbrake and gear-lever. The exception is the front bumper which still wears good original plating and the original BMC locking petrol cap which is slightly speckled, but very presentable.

One of the true Classics of the period, this car has unquestionable charm, and will offer its new fortunate owner a huge amount of fun.


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