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1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE Mk 1 Frogeye - £34,450 ovno

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This Austin Healey ( Frogeye ) Sprite mk1 is fresh from a full ground up bare metal restoration and has to be seen to be appreciated. This Frogeye was first registered in November 1958 and will be supplied with a British Heritage Certificate confirming this is an original UK Right Hand Drive car. Prior to purchasing the vehicle for restoration the car had only three previous owners. During the last two years the car has undergone a full and genuine bare metal body and nut and bolt restoration with the emphasis on restoring a car that looks factory original whilst providing a high level of quality to the overall finish of the car. This restoration has just been completed and is now ready for its new owner to enjoy.

The car is finished in the correct BMC shade of cherry red using 2K paint systems. All new interior including trim panels, carpets and seats piped in matching red. Refurbished original clocks and switch gear. New Mota Lita period steering wheel. Rechromed parts including rear bumpers and original wheel hub caps. All new rubbers, windscreen glass and door seals. Comes with soft top hood, refurbished sidescreens and supplied with stripped and fully refurbished hardtop painted in matching red body colour.

All mechanical parts have been stripped down and rebuilt including superior ribbed case gearbox and rear axle. The car is now running a stripped down and overhauled 1098cc version of the original engine with unleaded cylinder head whilst retaining the original rebuilt and re jetted twin SU H1 brass top carburetors with new fuel lines and fuel tank. The engine bay has been carefully detailed including the use of stainless steel nuts and bolts. The original rev counter has been converted (internally) to run electrically as apposed to cable driven off the dynamo. Consequently if required the owner could up rate to an alternator. The front main headlights have been changed to halogen bulb from the original sealed beam units for better night driving whilst looking original. All new period cotton braided wiring loom throughout. Original 15 leaf rear springs have been retained which have been professionally rebuilt. These springs are no longer available but give a better ride to new replacement items available. All new suspension bushes, rubbers, wheel bearings and front kingpins. Car retains the original drum brake system with all new brake and master cylinders, new brake lines and hoses. New set of correct size Firestone tyres fitted which just add a little further touch to the original look of the car. New exhaust fitted which provides a lovely period exhaust note. Wherever possible all other original parts for the car have been retained, stripped down, restored and new replacement parts purchased where necessary.

At the start of the restoration the original car body has been completely stripped of all components and professionally chemically dipped to remove all rust, paint and original sealents. Where necessary new panels have been used including rear outer wings, floor sections, door skins, front inner wheel arches, door pillars, dash top, inner and outer sills and footwell panels. Any rust in remaining panels has been cut out and new sections fabricated and welded in place to provide a true 100% rust free car. Considerable time was spent during assembly on shut lines and panel gaps to better than factory original.

The car bodywork has then been overpainted with 2K epoxy primer and body panels seam sealed. Numerous applications of 2K high build primer have been hand sanded flat between applications to achieve the best finish before final application of the Cherry Red paint both externally and also inside the cockpit of the car. The underside and inside wheel arches of the car have been coated in stone chip protection paint which has been overpainted also in the final cherry red paint. Many hours were then spent on hand finishing and polishing the external paintwork to a high gloss finish. For added protection and longevity the cavities between bodywork panels have been treated to Dinitrol clear cavity wax injection.

An album containing a photographic archive of the restoration will be supplied with the sale. This car is immaculate, runs beautifully and whilst it is both tax and MOT exempt it has a 12 months MOT. This beautiful car is now ready for driving, showing and mostly enjoying.

  • 150 Miles
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: DIY1079830

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