Must Be Towed: 1969 Austin Healey Sprite Mk IV – $2,500

Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Despite our garage not needing another project, this 1969 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk IV currently listed here on Craigslist in Budd Lake, New Jersey that has us thinking of ways to make room with the current asking price of only $2,500.  A quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide confirms the current caretaker has his Spite smartly priced $200 less than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $2,700.  If you are seriously considering becoming the next caretaker of this fun little sports car, you can start the conversation by either calling or texting Chris at (201) 874-2625.

Originally introduced for the 1958 model year as the iconic “Frog Eye / Bug Eye” Mk I, Austin-Healey revealed the Mk IV version of the Sprite at the London Motor Show in October 1966.  Besides receiving the larger, yet detuned version of the Mini Cooper S’ 1275 cc engine, British Leyland developed a permanently affixed, folding top of greatly improved design, which was much easier to use. Separate brake and clutch master cylinders were fitted, as car manufacturers’ thoughts began to turn to making their products safer.  On US market versions the larger engine sacrificed some of its performance from 1968 on, through the use of smog pumps and other modifications to comply with federal emission control requirements. 1969 was the final year British Leyland exported the Sprite to the US. At the same time reversing lamps were made a standard fitment and the cars’ electrical system was switched to negative earth and powered by an alternator rather than a dynamo. 

With the owner mentioning his Sprite is in need of both brakes and carburetor rebuilds, you’ll need to plan on hiring a flat bed to get you new purchase home.  Described as a “restored 15 years ago” we would go through this car thoroughly to determine the quality of the work performed.  We’re not fans of the white painted rocker panels, but that’s just us.  As long as the body checks out, these are fun little cars you can find parts easily for and at only $2,500 would make a great father-child project while you both practice social distancing from the safety of your garage.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s very brief description:

“1968 Sprite. Runs solid car restored 15 years ago.yard drives..carbs need rebuilt.. brakes need to be gone thru.. must be towed..$2500

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