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1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car

Sale price: £4,500.00 make an offer

Car location: Tamworth, Wilnecote, United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing

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1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car for sale

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  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car
  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite MK2 - early Highway Yellow car

1961 Austin Healey Sprite

 

 

This is my own Sprite - I'm only selling it as I have bought a Frogeye (which I've wanted for a very long time).

It is a solid, original car and it drives well.

It is MOT and Tax exempt now as its over 60 years old - they are also cheap to insure.

This is a very early Mk2 Sprite - it was registered in June 1961 

Interestingly, early press cars use the YBL registration plates in adverts and tests at the time - this may or may not be significant to this car, but it is something that can be investigated with a heritage certificate etc from Gaydon Heritage museum

It is finished in Highway Yellow (a rare colour)  with black interior.

The interior is presentable as you can see - it could do with new seat covers really to smarten it up - I do have good set of black seat covers in my spares shed which I will include if required - these only need a little attention to make good and will improve the interior no end. However, you may decide to buy new ones which are cheap to buy and easy to fit.

The bodywork is very solid and good for a 60 year old car that has been maintained and it was restored with floors, sills etc approx 10 years ago - that said, it would benefit from some tidying as it has had paint over the years (and not to the best of standards) this  has started to show its age. That said, it still looks presentable and is a car to use and enjoy, not worry about parking it in Sainsbury's etc and that you can improve on over time.

There is a new roof supplied with the car - but not fitted - these are relatively easy to do as it only needs the clips fixing to the material. It also has a full tonneau with it. The sidescreens are with it - they work but will need their rubbers replacing (I do have some new rubbers which can go with the car)

It has the 948cc engine and 4 speed box. The engine pulls well and sounds good with good oil pressure. It does leak some oil and makes a few drops on garage floor etc as they all do. The gearbox and clutch work well, The brake master has recently been rebuilt - it still has drum brakes all round which work well for what they are. It has been converted to positive earth electrics and has an alternator fitted to help with modern traffic and newer electrical items

Whilst it does run and drive, I have only done short local journeys in it - I would recommend trailering it away if you have a greater distance to travel (I do say this when buying an older car as it's how I think myself - I do more local journeys whilst learning about the car and gaining confidence in them)

I have the V5 in my name and there is a very thick file of bills/invoices with it from early 60's up to current date which makes for great reading 

 

This is an ideal starter classic to use and improve on whilst learning about older cars - there is a big following and support network of suppliers for these cars

 

Further photos available by request

 

 

To be collected from Tamworth, Staffs - social distancing applies for a safe collection

 

£250 deposit to be paid within 24 hours of end of auction or will be relisted and non paying claim made - collection within 7 days of end of auction

balance cash upon collected preferred

 

Please no time wasters -

Inspection welcome prior to bidding

 

Bidding to buy not to inspect

 

 

Any questions please ask

 

 

Many thanks for reading and please bid with confidence.

On 01-Sep-21 at 19:49:13 BST, seller added the following information:

UPDATE - September 1st - Reserve now lowered so that the reserve will now be met from the next bid onwards

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