1960 AUSTIN HEALEY SPRITE MARK I
PRICE: $ 25,500
1960 Austin Healey Sprite Mark I
Here's your chance at acquiring a very special Sprite! As you will note in the photographs, this car has been expertly restored and built as a tribute to the Austin Healey 100-S race cars that performed so well at Sebring. It offers performance that goes well beyond a stock Sprite. It is fitted with multiple desirable upgrades and presented in a period correct and sharp white/blue color scheme, just like the rare and successful Healey Sebring race cars of their era.
This beautiful example was built on November of 1959 and then delivered to the port of San Francisco in January of 1960. The car was restored to its current specifications by an owner in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it was also featured in some magazines.
The engine is an upgraded 1275 cc unit that was fully rebuilt. A high performance cam was installed during the rebuild. Earlier this year a new aluminum intake manifold and side-draft Weber 45 mm carb were fitted to further increase performance and drivability. It's also fitted with a higher capacity 12 volt electric fuel pump and exhaust headers.
The transmission is a 4-speed manual ribbed case gearbox that shifts perfectly. Stopping power is enhanced by front disk brakes. Another unique feature beyond a stock Sprite is that the bonnet is front hinged, and it has a louvered center section which opens and features hold-downs and a functional leather strap. Wheels are 13 inch, 60 spoke wire wheels.
Looking inside, the dash has the appropriate instrument panel with 100-S style gauges that are fully functional. Notice the beautiful period correct 3-spoke Moto-Lita wood rimmed steering wheel. Also featured are lightweight custom slotted seats with forward tilting seat backs, competition racing seat-belts, a 2 piece tonneau cover, 100-S positioned spare tire with leather Y- strap, quick release racing style gas filler and cap, Lucas 24 hr headlamps and driving lights. Included is the highly desirable factory hard top, along with side curtains and a removable Bonneville "shark fin" headrest.
The engine starts instantly at the press of a button. The clutch engages as it should and she shifts into and out of all gears crisply and smoothly. Braking and handling are spot on, with no wayward movement. It tracks straight and true with precise steering.
It looks great and is blast to drive, and is often the center of attention wherever it goes!