1962 Austin Healey Sprite MkII
In full British humor, the advertising for the Sprite pushed the
bounds. One ad in particular states "If he drives a Sprite he's a
bachelor...or else he's married and wants a second car he can
race." Donald Healey was hell bent on producing a fun affordable
sports car, that had some power to boot.
For consignment a MkII version of the venerable Sprite. Several
repairs and replacements within the last 1,000 miles have brought
this car up to snuff, and it is running very chipper.
With the advent of the MK II we are beginning to see the trappings
of the Healey/MG era with both cars looking eerily similar. Bathed
in Red paint, which presents nicely with just a tinge of some
orange peel, but overall very nice. Speaking of very nice the
chrome, trim and badging on this car is excellent. From the
headlights and fog lights fronting the grille to the windshield
trim, rear trunk mounted luggage rack, and simple chromed
"bumperettes" on the rear, it's all sparkling like new. Gaps are
well minded and top presents in good shape in black canvas.
Standard steel wheels topped by AH engraved dog dish caps all
around, and we are ready to hop inside.
Very nicely preserved black vinyl jump seat style buckets are
wrapped with white piping. Black carpet, which is very, nice covers
the floors. A mixture of red and black vinyl creates the door
panels. The simple black dash has all working instruments and
plenty of knobs and toggles to play with as you tool on down the
back roads. Worth the price of admission...an original steering
wheel with its winged center sits proudly in front of the dash, and
is awaiting you to give it a spin. Within the center hump, is a red
cowled gearshift lever which adds a little highlight to the black
interior. The nice black tonneau cover gives the car a good
A small but mighty 1098cc 4-cylinder engine rests comfortably
within the clean engine bay. It is topped with a single Weber
2-barrel carburetor and has a 4-speed manual transmission. A few
repairs are noteworthy under this hood, and include a new fuel
filter, rebuilt Weber carb and manifold, a voltage regulator, a no
points Petronix Electronic distributor, coil, plugs and plug
wires...all are under 1,000 miles of use.
Very clean and mostly covered with ground effects metal, we see
slight surface rust on un-rustproofed metal which is typical. Rear
axle seals have been replaced, and new brakes all around. A small
rear main seal leak is seen which is typical of these era British
cars. Consigner states a new clutch has been put on as well.
An immediate start when you turn the key. Let her warm up a bit,
and we are off! Smooth shifts as we go up through the gears. Nice
sports car feel, snappy acceleration, and all in all a comfy ride.
Wind in your hair, sun on your neck and it does not get any better
Some major recent work to bring this Sprite up to near perfect
working order. Very affordable, very British, and very cool, it
will go very quickly.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 450 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.