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1959 Austin Healey Sprite

Lot No.: 318

Registration: 606 NEV
Chassis Number: AN512816
Engine Number: 9C-U-H/12466
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1380
Year of Manufacture: 1959
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 16,875

 

  • Fastidiously built on a new 'Heritage' shell in 2009/10 and developed since
  • Full-race 1380cc engine. Omega forged pistons/Vernier alloy belt-drive Piper 310 SP cam, Roller rockers, Peter May Cylinder head
  • Frontline suspension/O/H king pins/500lb front springs/Nylatron bushes/Frontline dampers/fully Rose-jointed
  • Huge history file/Wiring diagram/All race set up records/Engine rebuilt in 2012 with only 5 races since
  • Eligible for Class B of Lackford Engineering MG Midget and Sprite Challenge amongst others
  • Absolutely on the button and ready to go. A quick 'spanner check' and let's go racing

 

The Oxford Dictionary's definition of Spritely is - "Like a Sprite, lively, nimble, full of energy"- a description that rather neatly fits our brightly-hued little Austin Healey racer. Dating from 24/03/1959, 606 NEV was supplied new by W.J.Wells Ltd, Austin House, Woodford Green, Essex to Mrs E. Hopkins and has been in our vendor's possession since 1997. During 2009, the decision was taken to fully rebuild the Sprite as a competitive full-race car with the intention of going circuit racing and taking in a few hill climbs.

During 2009/10 the car was fastidiously built on a new heritage shell and fitted with fibreglass panels ((front, rear, roof, doors ) and Perspex windows. It was fitted with a  full 'Rollcentre' cage, 4-gallon alloy foam-filled race tank with a Facet fuel pump, internal battery box and a plumbed-in fire extinguisher. Suspension was courtesy of 'Frontline Developments' with O/H kingpins, 500Ib front springs, Nylatron bushes, Frontline dampers, and rose-jointed anti-roll bars. Braking was looked after by 4-pot 9" Wilwood discs, a triple cylinder pedal-box, and all hoses were Aeroquip. 
The engine is a full-race Peter May 1380cc with a top-end spec; 1380 block, new cam bearings, mains line-bored, new big-end and main bearings, ARP big end bolts, roller rockers, Omega forged pistons, Vernier alloy belt drive Piper 310 SP cam ,ARP cylinder head studs, steel flywheel + ARP bolts, Peter May 11-stud cylinder head,   alloy rocker cover, twin Weber 45 DCOE carbs, Maniflow inlet and exhaust manifold , full-race distributor, Ignitor Electronic ignition + 'Red' rotor arm, oil cooler, NGK Plugs, and a  Metro Turbo radiator. The transmission consists of a Quaife 4-speed dog box (Peter May), Formula 3 clutch with a concentric clutch bearing kit, O/H prop shaft and an O/H 4.2 diff.

The car is fitted with a Sparco seat and full harness and the cockpit is set up to go racing with the usual ignition and extinguisher controls. The car sits on a set of KN 'Minator' (Minilite style) alloy wheels wearing A048 Yokohamas. It's also accompanied by a large owners file with lots of history, a wiring diagram, all its race 'set-up' records and full details of the engine rebuild in 2012 with only five races since. We understand that the Sprite is eligible for Class B of the Lackford Engineering MG Midget and Sprite Challenge, amongst other championships, and would be welcome at hill climbs and sprints anywhere.

Superbly prepared and finished in just about the brightest Orange we have ever seen, this is an excellent package and a remarkably inexpensive entry into competitive motorsport.