Postive Earth: 1964 Austin Healey Sprite Mk III – SOLD!
We love Spridgets. Whether in slightly more expensive, badge-engineering MG Midget form or the rarer and arguably more desirable Austin Healey Sprite such as the example listed on Craigslist in Linden, New Jersey that has us thinking of ways to make room in our garage for the current asking price of only $3,300. A quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide confirms the current caretaker has his Spite smartly priced $200 more than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $3,100.
The Mk I through Mk III versions of the Midget were essentially slightly more expensive badge-engineered versions of the Austin Healey Sprite. The Mk III version featured here entered production in 1966 with three notable enhancements over the prior version. First was a detuned version (providing only 65 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 72 pound-feet of torque at 3000 rpm) of the 1275cc four-cylinder found in the Mini Cooper S. While the detune disappointed enthusiasts, British Leyland feared the more powerful engine would cannibalize sales from MG’s larger and more profitable MGB. The second was a change from a removable convertible top to a permanently attached version that was much easier to use and featured a vinyl cover when folded. The third was the introduction of separate hydraulic master cylinders for the brake and clutch systems, an early sign of safety enhancements that would debut in later models.
Seeing a little blue Sprite like this one brings back memories of tooling around the spring of my senior year in high school with a friend who was into these tiny fun cars. What intrigues me, even more, is despite the patina the seller feels is in need of a repaint, he’s already gone through the trouble of sorting the engine and brake systems. Spridgets continue to be a fun, low-priced entry-level way to get into the old car hobby and this example will have the next caretaker grinning from ear to ear every time they take it for a drive. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1964 Austin Healey Sprite . Condition is Used. Positive Earth, 1275cc, Weber Carb, K&N Filter, New header with exhaust pipe and muffler, New gas tank with sending unit, New gas pump, New Voltage regulator, New oil pump, All gaskets installed, New disk brakes with pads, New top, New spark plug wires with new coil and spark plugs
Parts that aren’t installed and are included:
Two ready fenders, Two heaters, Extra transmission, Extra original parts, New drum brakes
Extra miscellaneous new parts
The car has rust and requires a complete paint job.”
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