By the time the Austin Healey Sprite had reached its Mk4 iteration only its mother could tell it apart from its twin, the MG Midget.
Looks are not everything though, and this Sprite has all the rugged attributes of the Midget as well as most of its body panels and all its mechanical parts. Restoration should be straightforward. And this Mk4 is, as they say, “in need of some TLC”, although our amanuensis says that it is not as bad as it looks.
The Sprite has records of it receiving its 500 mile service in March 1969 and subsequent servicing at Caffyns of Brighton over the next seven years before the paper trail peters out with an MOT in Preston-on-Wye in 1983. The MOT shows the mileage at that point as 72,725 and that figure is still showing on the odometer today. No one knows why it was left to slumber for the last 35 years.
The car was started not that long ago and runs, with good oil pressure showing on the gauge. What it needs in the way of restorative work is something the lucky bidder who buys it will find out. Spares for the Healey are plentiful and the construction of the car is not complicated: a good mechanic could have it on the road for the summer. The main question will be whether to restore it 'as new', oily rag it, or turn it into a Lenham-lookalike racer. You pays your money……