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Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite For Sale (1961)
|Possibly the very best available,1961 Mk1 Sprite AN5, Original UK Home Market RHD matching numbers engine and chassis, this car has been subject to a meticulous restoration on a rotisserie style jig.|
The car is all steel having a new steel floor pan. The car has perfect shut lines better than factory could have dreamed of.
Uk Registered from new Dealer destination was Dartmouth Garage, West Bromwich.
The two pack paintwork is High quality Glasurit 2K Old English White. Restored using as many as the original parts as possible and new parts otherwise.
The car as expected is in my opinion better than when new with new or refurbished everything, including red leather seats piped in contrasting white, red tonneau, refurbished side screens new windows and seals, red vinyl roof, all new tyres including spare, new exhaust, new red carpets. The underside of this vehicle is as clean as the topside painted body colour and quality as is the underside of the bonnet, wheel arches and other parts you dont see. All new chrome bumpers and chrome parts.
new period correct raised numbers plates fitted.
Im sure its goes without saying that a new wiring loom and all clocks refurbished and working. New fuel tank electrics, literally as new ive seen people advertise cars as new nut and bolt rebuild etc and i can easily spot whats wrong and whats not period correct, this car is as correct and perfect as it could possibly be with some considerate upgrades, museum quality.This car has been paint finished underneath with no underseal, so you can see exactly what you are getting nothing is hidden, absolutely rust free car, treated and wax oiled, now heavily polished and top sealed paintwork.
A new Moto-lita wood rimmed steering wheel is installed with chrome horn push and matching gear knob. The original black steering wheel is in a refurbished condition and comes with the car as does the matching black gear knob.
The car comes with a new MOT expiring January 2018.
The mileage at last MOT was 42339 Recorded genuine. Im still driving this car around the new forest on dry sunny days only so may be a tiny bit more.
There is a complete history file with the car with a photographic record of the cars restoration and build also comes with old mot's, 3 styles of log book (Original Green, Then 1980's Blue and up to date V5), original sales brochure, British Motor Industry Heritage certificate showing build date and trim with specified factory options of Heater and front bumper.
The heater module has been re-cored and is in full working order.
The standard 948 cc A series original engine has been stripped and rebuilt by specialist with photographic rebuild pictures, painted in BMC/Austin green and now has hardened valves to run on unleaded fuel. Refaced flywheel, new inlet valves and valve springs, reground crank, new oil seals, new oil pump, water pump, spark plugs, thermostat and housing and all new gaskets. There is a bench test report print out of the engine performance and pressures showing all equal pressures.
The original 4 speed smooth case gear box was sent off to a specialist also stripped and rebuilt using all new parts.
The car has the original and correct brass topped H1 carburetor pots, this car is serviced after approx 300 miles since rebuild. complete with 123 electronic ignition and high performance HT leads.
The original parts will be boxed and come with the car to reverse if required.
The carbs have been tuned, rejetted, new SU needles and stay-up floats. The original mechanical fuel pump is with the car but a new electric fuel pump is fitted to improve power delivery and make the car more reliable. Again old parts included.
Also fitted is a 5/8" anti roll bar to the front wishbones for added handling.
The number plate is original to the car from new and is fully transferable but that would be a shame to remove it from its origine.
There is a lovely original owner elderly uncle, mature nephew rebuild story with this car which ads to its provenance and is quite endearing. The car sat with the elderly uncle in his garage un used since 1973 last tax disc is in the folder, the nephew with uncles permission commissioned the very extensive and costly rebuild in 2015 which was completed in January 2016. Since then has only covered approx 300 miles and always stored in a dry heated garage with high quality stable mates.
This little car puts a smile on your face, is nippy and the raspy exhaust note is great and easily keeps up with modern traffic, If you are looking for an out of the box pristine car with nothing to do but drive it and enjoy i genuinely cant say ive seen a better one regardless of what ive seen and read on the internet.
Proof is in the viewing however as im known to be very fussy and a stickler for detail, having viewed lots of poor attempts prior to buying this one, i feel this is the best available anywhere.
The car is a registered member of the Austin Healey Great Britain owners club and the New Forest AH club. Just taken part in the 50th club anniversary at Beaulieu Hampshire
This car has everything including the correct jack and brace in a pouch, spare wheel strap, Austin Healey Sprite drivers hand book, 2 ignition keys.
This car is as it left the factory on steel wheels painted to match the body colour of the car with new high quality chromed hub caps with AH pressed emblems. Many Frogeye have wire spoke wheels but this was never a AH option from new and were always retro fitted by dealers some with the correct shortened axles and some not!, this car is correct as it should be.
Everything works as it should, I have lots of detailed photos i can email and a file full of receipts from AH spares, Frogeye Spares and various other paperwork all in a bound folder. The cost to reproduce a car to this standard would not be far off fifty thousand pounds sterling.
2018 will see the 60th anniversary of the Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite debut, prices are sure to rise with these very pretty desirable classics.
Please call with any questions or if you require more photos, the car is available for viewing anytime in heated and lit garage.
Thank you for looking
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