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Austin Healey Sprite MK III 1965

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Engine

Cylinders: 4

Bore: 64.58mm

Stroke: 89.5mm

Displacement: 1,098 cc

Valves: pushrod/overhead

Cylinder Head: cast iron

Compression ratio: 8.9 to 1

Carburettors: Twin SU HS2

Power output: 56bhp at 5,750rpm

 

Performance

Maximum speed: 92mph

Acceleration: 0-60mph 15secs

Overall fuel consumption: 33mpg

15CV 1938–56

 

Wheels & tyres

4 stud 13in pressed steel disc

145 x 13in radial ply tyres

Steering

Rack and pinion,

2.75 turns lock to lock

Turning circle: 32 ft 9in(between walls)

31ft 11in(between kerbs)

 

 

 

Dimensions & Weight

Wheelbase: 6ft 8in

Track - front: 3ft 10.5in

Track - rear: 3ft 10in

Overall length: 11ft 5.5in

Overall width: 4ft 6.8in

Overall height: 4ft .5in

Ground clearance: 5 in

Kerb weight: 13. 75cwt

Weight distribution: F 52.7%, R47.3%

Fuel tank: 6 Imp gallons

The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small open sports car which was produced in the United Kingdom from 1958 to 1971. The Sprite was announced to the press in Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation on 20 May 1958, two days after that year's Monaco Grand Prix. It was intended to be a low-cost model that "a chap could keep in his bike shed", yet be the successor to the sporting versions of the pre-war Austin Seven. The Sprite was designed by the Donald Healey Motor Company, with production being undertaken at the MG factory at Abingdon. It first went on sale at a price of £669, using a tuned version of the Austin A-Series engine and as many other components from existing cars as possible to keep costs down.

 

This car has been in the current ownership since 2003 and was purchased as a non runner. The engine was rebored / rebuilt in 2003, including a full decoke of the water ways and oil ways. Brakes and king pins followed in 2004. Many happy miles passed and eventually a bare metal restoration of the upper body across the winter of 2013 / 2014. The car was rebuilt and wire wheels refurbished.

The ownership of the car can be traced to 1971 and was purchased damaged. That owner  rebuilt the car from a new body shell costing just £140.50, wings £16.00 each, bonnet £16.00 & door £13.00 plus replacement of many other items like suspension.

This changed ownership in 1983 and during that 20 year ownership had a further bodywork restoration due to lack of waxoil protection of the new body shell and wings.

Transmission

Clutch: 8 in Borg and Beck,

single dry-plate diaphragm

Gearbox: 4-speed, synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd & top only

Ratios Top 1.0 Third 1.36

Second 1.91 First 3.20

Reverse 4.11

Final drive ratio 4.22 to 1

 

Brakes

Lockheed

Front: 8.25in disc

Rear: 7in x 1.25in drum

 

Construction

Monocoque pressed steel body

 

Suspension

Front: Independent, coil spring, wishbone Suspension

Rear: Half elliptic, leaf spring