Bring a Shovel: 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 in July 2020 on Craigslist in Wilmington, Delaware that has us thinking of ways to make room in our garage for the current asking price of only $4,000. A quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide confirms the current caretaker has his Spite smartly priced $900 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. The seller reports his Austin-Healey has not been driven in several years, so you will likely need to drive your car hauler or hire a flatbed to get this car back to your garage. Before that happens, however, it appears you’ll need to bring a shovel to dig out the car’s tires from its current resting place. Despite sitting for the past several years, based on the pictures provided all of the mechanical sorting combined with the restored interior has us thinking there is a lot of Spridget here for the money. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“It’s a classic. Hasn’t been driven in several years. Candy apple red with new interior seats and carpeting. New side windows and new vinyl top. Plenty of engine work done since we bought it but still needs some work. Odometer says 71,641 but could be 171,641.
I also have a 1989 635CSI BMW on Craigslist for $11,700 with 79,000 original miles.
Would sell both for $15,000.“
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