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1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE - £Auction

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A rather famous Frog-Eye, the property of the late Mike Garton and his wife LynMike was a highly respected Sprite racer in the 1960s, BRDC member and MSA FIA scrutineerHe worked for a time at BMC Special Tuning and wrote 'Tuning BMC Sportscars'Recently (2020) refreshed by the Bodyshop inBuckingham Ford at a cost of 3,000Fresh British Racing Greenpaintas well as new door hinges,new windscreen rubbers and a new fuel pumpFitted with an Ashley bonnet, white hardtop, silver wires and a 998cc power unitThe car appears immaculate and you might struggle to find a better oneThe Austin-Healey Sprite was conceived during the early months of 1956 at a meeting between Austin's Leonard Lord and Donald Healey, to fill a gap in the market left by the demise of the MG TD and TF Midgets, which had been replaced by the larger MGA. Produced from 1958 to 1971, itwas intended as a low-cost model that a chap could keep in his bike shed. Designed by the Donald Healey Motor Company but built by the MG factory at Abingdon, it was affectionately known as the Frog-eye Sprite because of the prominent positioning of the round headlights on top of the bonnet.The car featured a 948cc A-series BMC engine producingsome 43bhp and offeringa top speed of 83mph, but this car is not about top speed - it's about being a fun sports carand open-top motoring,both of which are epitomised by the much-lovedoriginal Mk1 Frogeyed Sprites.This particular car was owned by the, sadlyrecently passed, Mike Garton, who was a very highly respected Sprite racer in the 1960s, BRDC member and MSA FIA scrutineer. His love of Sprites was shared by his widow, Lyn, and together they both enjoyed many special trips, tours and road rallies in this particular little car.They have owned it for the last 18 years and cherished it accordingly. Mike had the car repaintedearlier in 2020 by the Bodyshop of Buckingham Ford and their invoice for over 3,000 is in the small history file. The original history file has currently not been found but it is apparent that in addition to the recent repaint a new fuel pump has been fitted, as well as new door hinges and new rubber surrounding the windscreen.The car also comes with a white factory hardtop (complete with padded protective cover) and tonneau cover as well as the soft top. The original, matching numbersgearbox is also included in the sale although not currently fitted, however, the replacement drives well and the little car runs extremely smoothly as one might expect being the property of such an accomplisheddriver and engineer.It's fitted withan 'Ashley'bonnet and 998cc engine that was freshly rebuilt by Mike in 2015. Significantly, he wrote the book, Tuning BMC Sportscars following his period working for BMC Special Tuning - so you can be pretty sure this little car is going to drive as well as any Sprite out there! Mike was also President of the Healey Drivers Club and a member of The Austin Healey Club as well as a very proud member of the famous BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club) who are the owners of the world-famous Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire. The car is a regular contender at club Concours events and also at the annual Silverstone Classic. The dashboard is covered in plaques reflecting the many and varied events that Mike, Lyn and the car have been involved in over the last 20 years or so and today represents a special opportunity to buy a car with exceptional provenance and enjoy some great events in the future.

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