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

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