Very Low Vin Austin Healey Sprite Mrk II
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Vista, California, United States
Features and Specifications
|Interior color:||Dark Blue|
|Drive side:||Left-hand drive|
1961 Austin Healey SpriteThis 1961 Austin-Healey Sprite Mrk II is a very early production Sprite, factory production number 1016. It comes with "confidential" Donald Healey marketing material and original marketing photo. In addition there are two vintage parts catalogues Moss Motors catalogue from the 1970's and Mini Mania catalogue along with workshop manual.
From the factory the Mrk II Sprite had a similar 948cc motor as the Bugeye Sprite only the Mrk II was fitted with slightly larger 1 1/4 SU Carbs and a higher performance cam. These modifications increased the bhp from 43 to 50bhp. Both cars were fitted with four wheel drum brakes.
This beautiful example of an early Mrk II Sprite had additional modifications done to improve safety and performance.
- Lockheed front disc brakes
- Front and rear sway bars
- 5 slotted mag wheels fitted with Frisk 175R 13 tires
These simple improvements made a remarkable difference in all aspects of handling.
Performance improvements were made by replacing original 948CC motor with the 1275CC which was the largest displacement Austin Healey Series A motor available. 948CC motor comes with car also.
- Rebuilt performance 1275CC motor work done by APT Advanced Performance Technology
- Rebuilt Rib case transmission with new clutch
- Electronic ignition by Crane
- 5 bladed Texas Cooler Fan
The fit and finish of the car is good. Chrome is in excellent condition as are the Healey and Sprite badges/emblems. Door gaps are spot on, hood has a slight tight gap on passenger side, trunk gaps are fine. Rear fender arches have been modified as shown in photos flares are now present. The floors were repaired when the car was repainted by previous owner and now as best as I can tell the car is rust free. Windshield has no cracks or chips.
The car is finished in Iris blue over dark blue vinyl which is in fantastic shape. This Sprite Mk II is now offered with a clean California title in my name.
Original Austin Healey Sprite sales brochures and manual come with car. Original jack comes with car. Dark blue tonneau cover comes with car as does convertible bows, there is no soft top.
More photos are available and a video of engine running.
On Jul-09-19 at 22:45:10 PDT, seller added the following information:
I have taken a few videos and will take more. They are on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Xqsd34tLgOn Jul-11-19 at 20:14:28 PDT, seller added the following information:
The Sprite is virtually rust free. I have photos of underside, trunk, under doors and in fender wells. Only small amounts of surface rust on a nut or bolt etc.
Fuel gauge worksHeadlights and parking lights work as do turn signalsOriginal generator driven tach worksOil and water temp gauge worksWindshield wiper motor works wipers were removed since it was not driven in foul weatherSpeedo is currently not working. I think the cable was not connected when tranny was rebuilt and installed