1958 Austin-Healey Sprite

«Frogeye» Mk.I

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1958
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    AM5L-2521
  • Engine number 
    90/U/H-2293
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    45 PS / 34 kW / 45 BHP
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small sports roadster that was produced in the United Kingdom between 1958 and 1971.

The Sprite was announced to the press in Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation on May 20, 1958, two days after the Monaco Grand Prix. The intention was to be a low-cost model that would succeed the sports versions of the pre-war Austin Seven. The Sprite was designed by «Donald Healey Motor Company», and produced at the MG plant in Abingdon.

It went on sale at the time for £ 669. It used an Austin «A-Series» engine and many car components in the BMC range.

The Sprite quickly became affectionately known as "frogeye" in the UK and "bugeye" in the USA, due to the headlights mounted on the top of the hood. The car designers initially intended that the headlights could be "closed" when not in use, with a retractable system, but due to the cost reduction made by BMC the system was excluded from the final project, the headlights being simply fixed, giving the car what would become its most distinctive feature.

This 1958 Austin-Healey Sprite «Frogeye» Mk.I has been fully restored and documented and is in excellent condition. Vehicle certified by CPAA and Museu do Caramulo.