First introduced in Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) on 20th May 1958, the Sprite, designed by the Donald Healey Motor Company, was intended as a low-cost sports car and was manufactured at the MG sports car factory at Abingdon. It was not surprising that the success of the design would lead to an MG version, this was known as the Midget. These cars, the Sprites and MG Midgets are often now known as ‘Spridgets’. The final version of the Austin Healey Sprite arrived in 1966 and was known as the Mk. IV. The new model now used a more powerful twin carburettor 1275cc version of the proven A-Series engine, which it shared with other BMC models such as the Mini Cooper S. Another major improvement was the addition of a folding hood; previous models consisted of a separate hood cover and frame that were time consuming and fiddly to erect and dismantle. In 1969, a British Leyland makeover was applied to the Sprite, consisting of matt black paint on the sills, Rostyle wheels and a plastic front grille. Between 1969 and 1971, the Healey name disappeared and all cars were now sold as Austin Sprites.
This 1971 1275cc Mk. IV Sprite has undergone extensive works with a photographic record of these on file. Further works included, a new unleaded cylinder head, brake master cylinder, brake discs, rear brake cylinders, carpets and battery. The coachwork is finished in British Racing Green with a black interior, both being very smart and complimented by a set of Minilite style alloy wheels. This little Sprite comes with its, aforementioned history file, UK V5C registration document and, we are informed, will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate. These small, Abingdon built, sports cars offer great value for money and this one is offered without reserve.