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Austin Healey Sprite MK II

Sale price: $11,275.00 make an offer
Last update: 15.07.2013

Car location: Schenectady, New York, United States
Sale type: Fixed price listing

Technical specifications, photos and description:

Manufacturer: austin healey
Model: Sprite
Year: 1961
Type: convertible
Color: Red
Mileage: 77,000
Transmission: manual
Trim: MK II
Interior Color: Tan and Brown
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Austin Healey Sprite MK II for sale

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1961 AUSTIN HEALEY SPRITE MK II - Thank you for taking time to examine this car.  Anticipating a potential relocation out of state I listed this Sprite on eBay a couple of months ago. My Reserve price was not reached at that time. It would appear my relocation is now definite. It will not be practical for me to transport the car to our new home so the Sprite must be sold. As a result. the reserve has been substantially lowered to expedite a sale.


This Austin Healey Sprite. Mk. II was driven off the assembly line in December 1961.  If this is not the finest remaining example of an early Mk II. it is certainly one of the finest.    While not a concourse exhibit. this Mk. II is definitely a high quality show car. I have owned this car for about eight years and during that time an attempt has been made to retain the charm and appearance of the original Sprite while improving its overall reliability and ability to travel our current roads and highways. Since owning this Sprite it has always been garaged. never driven in the rain. and has been driven only during the summer months.


This Sprite received a professional exterior body and paint upgrade and new upholstery about 15 years ago. The exterior paint has held up exceptionally well.   As with any older restoration there are a few small paint nicks of 1/16” diameter or less in the rocker panel areas which have occurred from normal driving. The only blemish to the exterior of the car is a thin 3” long paint scratch/crack in the felt-front fender edge (see photo). On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being flawless/concourse). the exterior of this car is a solid 8. 5.


One of the most interesting features of this early Sprite is the interior. which is essentially the same interior fitted to the earlier Mk I Bugeye Sprite. The Sprite includes a rarely used tan soft vinyl top. and tan tonneau cover with support bar. Custom-made storage cases for soft top frame assembly and tonneau support bars are included. The sliding side-curtains have newer polycarbonate material.   New side curtain rubber seals were installed last winter . A custom-made storage case for the side curtains is included.   The scissor jack and crank are included along with carry /storage cases.


During the past two years a major restoration has occurred to the remainder of this Mk II Sprite with replacements and upgrades that have improved both the performance and reliability of the car without changing the overall appearance and inherent characteristic charm of an early Sprite. The “rest-o-mod” restoration work has focused on the power system. ignition and electronic system. cooling and heating system. front and rear suspensions. brake hydraulic system. clutch hydraulic system. and interior/cockpit area. The following chart outlines the restoration work completed in these areas (receipts are available):




·          1275cc engine (+ 30) replaces original 948cc engine

·          Ford T9 fully synchro-mesh  5  speed transmission

·          stainless steel exhaust system

·          hi-torque starter

·          HS2 carburetors rebuilt with OS shafts. new seals. gaskets. needles. jets. etc.

·          K&N air filters (2)

·          Aircraft-style fuel filters (2)

·          Custom oil collection tray

·          Crankcase breather

·          Spin-on oil filter adapter

·          New fuel tank

·          New electric fuel pump


·          Separate and upgraded dual brake master cylinder (split system) reservoir

·          Upgraded/larger rear drum brakes

·          New rear wheel brake cylinders

·          Separate and upgraded master clutch cylinder reservoir

·          New coaxial clutch release bearing with stainless steel flexible braided lines and remote bleeding line

·          New Cupernol brake and clutch lines throughout

·          Front disk brakes

·          Stainless steel flexible braded brake lines front and rear



·          System converted to negative ground

·          Mallory Uni-lite distributor with photo-optic trigger (no points or condensers) with adjustable mechanical advance

·          Mallory “Promaster” coil  and ballast resistor

·          new Lucas alternator

·          Bosch spark plugs

·          Upgraded to 6 circuit fuse box (from original 2 circuit)

·          12v accessory outlet

·          New Auto Meter electric Tachometer installed and replaces the older Smith mechanical tach ( replacement necessary due to the addition of the Mallory electronic ignition system and negative ground conversion)

·          Halogen Headlights

·          Moss LED brake. running. & turn signal lights


·          Three-point non-retractable shoulder harness/seat belts

·          New carpets and mats with insulation

·          New Minilite style alloy wheels

·          New 155R13 radial tires by Continental

·          New windshield glass and gasket

·          New front and rear bumpers. spring bar. and over-riders

·          Grill guard on front bumper. chrome luggage rack. and locking gas cap are recent additions

·          New polycarbonate Plexiglas has been installed in the side curtain frames; there is a  storage case for the side curtains

·          Custom arm rest

·          Halotron Fire Extinguisher

·          New set of five Auto Meter electric gauges w/programmable speedometer and fuse panel


·          New radius arms and bushings

·          powder coated axle. radius arms. brake backing plates and brackets

·          3. 9 gearing in differential for more efficient highway driving



·          Wizard aluminum radiator

·          New heater core. hoses. clamps

·          Overflow coolant reservoir

·          Custom windscreen washer container has been installed

·          Six-bladed engine fan

FRONT SUSPENSION - Complete rebuild including new:

·          Bearings and seals

·          Front disc brakes

·          King pins and “Prothane” bushings throughout

·          all fulcrum pins


·          Sway bar with “Prothane” bushings

·          Tie rod ends



This Sprite is currently registered and licensed in New York with an easily transferable state registration (cars of this vintage do not have a title in New York). There is no warrantee. written or expressed for this automobile. A deposit to Paypal of $ 1. 00. 00 is required within tow (2) days after close of auction. Balance of funds can be either cash when car is picked up or certified Cashier's Check from a US Bank (all funds must clear before vehicle will be released).


The sale of this vehicle may end early since it is also being advertised locally. Interested individuals are encouraged to call with questions or to make arrangements to examine the car.   Please call Kent at 518-421-8803.

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