1962 Austin-Healey Sprite
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HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?
I’ve had the Sprite a few years now, chipping away at it. I bought it as a parts car to help me restore a MkI Sprite, but then I found the body numbers and the owners’ club confirmed it was the actual Sprite that was on display at Earls Court in 1962 with its front hoisted in the air to display the new disc brakes that were introduced with the 1100 engine at the show. The speedo reads one mile only – it’s never been on the road.
HOW MUCH HISTORY?
The car was locked away after Earls Court on one of Alan Riley’s estates, found after his death and sold off by the developer. Riley worked at Longbridge and, so I have been told, helped develop the front brakes. After a few years’ research I found photographs of the Sprite at Earls Court. I have also managed to buy the original Keystone Press picture taken the day before the show. It was for sale on eBay, but in America. How it got over there, however, who knows?
WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?
Loads: bodywork, interior, chrome and paint, so there’s plenty to keep me busy. But I’m torn between putting the Sprite on the road or restoring it as-is. You see, it has never had a engine fitted – it was purely a display car. If I were to restore the Sprite back to the show car but with an engine fitted, would this devalue it?
WHO Stephen Ward WHAT 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite MILES 1 PROVENANCE Motor Show display car MODS None HOW MANY LEFT 53 on road