Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite 1959

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Lot No: 85
Year Make Model Mileage ESTIMATED SALE PRICE
1959 Austin-Healey 'Frogeye' Sprite 38,564 (Not Warranted) £10,500 - £11,500

Description:

In Brief:

  • Lovely ‘original feel’ example of a Mk I Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite
  • Finished in Primrose Yellow over a Black interior with Yellow piping
  • V5 shows the car has had just two owners from new
  • In the ownership of The Vendor for the last 45 years
  • Comes with a decent history file including invoices and MOT’s back to ’78

On the Surface: This charming Mk I Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite boasts an original feel, finished in Primrose Yellow over a Black interior with Yellow piping. It’s iconic design, featuring prominently mounted headlights on top of the bonnet, gives it the distinctive “Frogeye” appearance that has pushed it to become a beloved classic.

Maintenance & History: This Sprite comes with a comprehensive history file, including nearly £4,000 worth of invoices for parts, labour, and various works carried out over the years. The documentation also includes MOT certificates dating back to 1978, ensuring a well-documented upkeep history.

This vehicle has enjoyed a remarkably stable ownership history, having had just two owners from new. The first owner cherished it from 1959 to 1979, after which it was acquired by The Vendor, who has lovingly maintained it for the past 45 years.

The Model: The Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite is loved for its innovative and distinctive design and charming aesthetics. It was the world’s first volume-production sports car to use integrated construction, where the sheet metal body panels, except for the bonnet, take on many of the structural stresses. When new the Mk I Sprite could achieve a top speed of 82.9 mph and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 20.5 seconds, as tested by The Motor magazine in 1958.

Sale Insight: After an impressive 45 years of dedicated ownership, The Vendor has decided to pass on this ‘Frogeye’ Sprite to a new custodian. This is a rare opportunity to own a low ownership example with good history.

Lot No. 85
Auction 25th July 2024
Vehicle Make Austin-Healey
Vehicle Model 'Frogeye' Sprite
Year of Manufacture 1959
Mileage 38,564 (Not Warranted)
Registration XLK346
Date first Registered 16/09/1959
MOT N/A
Chassis Number AN5HCS22813
Engine Number 9C/UH22542
Estimated Sale Price £10,500 - £11,500

Please note: Current engine and chassis numbers are supplied by HPI. Prospective buyers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a vehicle and the accuracy of any statement made, be they statements of fact or opinion. All vehicles are sold as seen. If you cannot attend the auction please contact the office for a walk around description over the phone.

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