1963 Austin HEALEY SPRITE MK2 RARE HARD TOP GLASS REAR WINDOW
Austin-Healey’s famous “Bugeye” Sprite was a low-cost and tiny no-frills open sports car that was intended to be affordable fun. The British Motor Company (BMC) got the mix right as the model quickly became a sales and sporting success. In 1962, Austin-Healey updated the Sprite model
The Mk II Sprite kept the Bugeye’s unit-body construction, but received a complete makeover. A more conventional grille and headlight setup replaced the Bugeye’s cheerful visage, with the car taking on styling that would be seen on the MG Midget sister car a few months later, as well as the MGB. (Construction of the Sprite had always been contracted to MG since Jensen’s body works—which constructed the big Healey sixes—could not cope with the anticipated demand.)
The Mk II Sprites initially ran with virtually the same 948-cc A-series OHV 4-cylinder engines as before, but by October 1962, the longer stroke 1098-cc version was adopted, allowing a power increase from 46 bhp to 56 bhp. The car’s outright straight line speed was limited by this engine’s displacement and power, but its light weight and low center of gravity made it a terrific handler, and the Sprite earned a reputation on the rally circuit.
This 1963 model is fitted with a very rare hardtop with glass rear window. We also have the soft top hood and frame as well as the front and rear bumbers.
This Healey drives very well. It comes with many receipts as well as some old MOTs and the original Handbook