Austin-Healey Sprite 1 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961

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Austin-Healey Sprite 1 (1958-1961)

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The philosophy behind the original Sprite project, set up in 1956, was simple: to build a low cost sports-car around standard components and the completely new Sprite was announced on 20th May 1958. Using many parts from the Austin A35, including a slightly modified engine fitted with twin SU carburettors, essential for a true sports car, the Sprite proved to be an instant success. At £455, excluding purchase tax there was virtually no competition in the same class for liveliness, reliability and sheer fun. Between 1958 and 1961 a total of 48,987 Mk 1 Sprites were produced.

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