Model: Mark III Sprite
Origin: Abingdon, England
Production: 1964 – 1966 | 25,905
Engine: 1,098cc (1.1 L) A-Series I4
The Sprite was released in 1958 until 1971 with its intent to be that of a low-cost model that “a chap could keep in his bike shed.” In order to keep costs down, Austin-Healey tried using as many parts from other existing models as possible.
The Mark III Sprite, also known as the Mark II MG Midget, with only difference in minor trim detailing. Produced for only two years during 1964 – 1966. Exterior door handles were added for the first time, with separate door locks. International racing events were entered throughout the ‘60s with impressive results, including a 12th-place finish at Le Mans in 1965. By the mid-60s, top speeds of around 150mph were being achieved.
The Sprite has been highlighted in many films and television shows for it’s unique and classic look. One of which included in the hit television show, The Wonder Years.
On May 24, 2008, the official UK golden anniversary of the Austin-Healey Sprite, “Spridget 50 – The Big Party” was held at the British Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire. A huge support and following of almost 1,000 Sprites, Midgets and derivatives attended – a record number. For the first time, an event of this size had been supported by all of the marquee-representing clubs.