Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite
For some the Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite might have appeared a little funny looking, but it was an
eye catcher along with being an affordable British 2 seater sports car. For those reasons it was
appealing to the American market.
This little car was introduced to the public in 1958 and was continually manufactured until the end of
the Austin Healey business contract in which expired in the beginning of 1972. This made the last
model of the Sprite a 1971. But it lost its iconic bug eye look with the introduction in 1962 with the
Mark II model.
The first model was the Mark I and lasted from 1958 until 1961. This car had a tuned Austin A35
engine with a displacement of 948cc that produced 43 bhp.
The original idea of the car was for it to be an affordable car the owner could keep in their bike shed
out back for an occasional spin around the country side. This soon changed when the public loved the
pop eyes of the headlights and the big smiling grin of the front grill. It has now gone down in history as
an true British sports car.
Most people were unaware of the fact that the components of this car were just common stock parts
that were used on Austin cars and other products of the British Motor Company. This included the
Moggie Minor steering system. This was advantageous in keeping the overall cost of the car to the bare
The original speed Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite could obtain was only 81 mph but the cost was a mere
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