1959 Austin Healey Sprite 948cc in-line 4 cylinder Vin: AN5L8651 Current miles: 702 (restored) Built: Between 1958 and 1959 State of Washington Title: McQueen Classics representing vehicle on consignment VIN Decoder: A: Engine: 4-cyl. 948Cc/43hp 2x1bbl N: Body Style: Null 5: Series: Sprite Mk 1 “Bugeye” L: Drive Type: LHD 8651: Serial Number: Null Engine Serial Number: 12V/671Z/L9861 Assembled Abingdon, UK One set of ignition keys, trunk key N/A Full Frame-off restoration, completed within the past 36 months. Transmission: 4 speed manual Recent work performed within past 3 years Engine overhauled, cleaned and painted Transmission overhauled Rebuilt original starter Carburetor rebuilt New header New distributor, cap, wires and plugs Crane Cams Fireball XR-700 new electronic ignition New heater core/blower motor Radiator refurbished Rebuilt steering box All new polyurethane bushings Suspension: A-arms and coil springs up front, leaf springs in the rear Brakes rebuilt All new wiring All new hoses and clamps New battery New friction shocks in front All new brake lines All new fuel lines New tires and rims New exhaust Interior: Restored dash Refurbished gauges New carpet New door panels Restored steering wheel Restored seats with new seat covers Original MSRP: $1795 1278 CC, 5 SPEED MANUAL, RIGHT HAND DRIVE, RECENT RESTORATION, BUG EYE, AWESOME! The 1959 Austin Healey Sprite is lightweight sports car fun with a legendary name attached to it. That's why it's always so alluring. These first-gen Frogeyes have become truly desirable collectors, and so it's great to see one so expertly restored to have extra power and better usability. The Sprites were all about the joy of driving, and these first-gens really did it the best. After all, you can't help but smile when you see the "Frogeye" styling that's unique to these first few years. And while the design is endearing, this had a much larger purpose. It's a featherweight machine that could even shed the roof, side curtains, and windshield for racing. And while the black vinyl top might be for temporary use, it's a crisp piece that looks striking against the metallic gray paintwork. In fact, as you start to look deeper at this car, you'll realize that paint was never something offered from the factory. It's a modern BMW Space Gray that has the kind of clearcoat to really showcase Sprite's curvaceous body every time the sunshine hits the sheetmetal. This is part of a thorough restoration, and it looks so fresh because there's only about 702 miles on the car since completion! They made subtle upgrades while still paying attention to details. For example, you see it in how the wheels were updated to classic minilite-style units, but they still have the classic AH center cap. Another great upgrade was the reverse hinged doors. They make getting in and out of this machine a much easier process. You might also notice that this is a right-hand drive roadster. After all, when restored by a place called British Auto Restoration, you would expect them to relocate the steering wheel to the proper British side. It's just another touch of distinction this Healey offers. You get a fresh interior with great details, like white piping on the black bucket seats and a custom-made wood dash. But while this is stylish, we all really know the real purpose is to be a driver-focused machine. That's why you get a grippy leather-wrapped steering wheel, large Smiths gauges, and a gearshift that falls perfectly to where your hand wants to be. The hood now hinges at the front for better access to the motor. This is a good thing, because it really gives everyone a chance to see the level of detail in the restoration. You can see they spent a small fortune detailing this motor. But the true secret here is added power. The Series I cars topped out at 948cc, but this has the 1275cc displacement of the final series. Plus, they added a Weber carburetor, Crane Cams FireBal
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