Lot 1962


1961 Austin-Healey Sprite - one owner from new
Reg. no. YHR 9
Chassis no. AN5-48648
Engine no. 9C-U-H48429
The Sprite was introduced in 1958 and quickly became affectionately known as the \'frogeye\' because the headlights were prominently mounted on top of the bonnet. The car\'s designers had intended that the headlights could be retracted, with the lenses facing skyward when not in use but cost cutting by BMC led to the flip-up mechanism being deleted, therefore the headlights were simply fixed in a permanently upright position, giving the car its most distinctive feature. This example is a one-owner car, having been purchased new by its late owner from Lesters Garage of Trowbridge for £676. The original bill of sale is still in the file, showing the original colour to be leaf green. There are also the tax discs for 1962 - 1968, the original sales brochure, an accessories brochure, an Austin price list, a lubrication chart, the original buff and green continuation logbooks and a V5.

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