‘Better than new’ was the aim of this father-and-son team’s Austin-Healey Sprite rebuild, with impressive results
There are two schools of thought when it comes to sports cars.
Some believe that the only way forward is brute force combined with phenomenal grip and cutting-edge technology – think McLaren P1 and suchlike.
Others espouse the ethos of stripping away all that is superfluous and taking advantage of the fleet-footed nimbleness afforded by light weight – such as any Chapman-era Lotus.
And if ever a mass-produced model belonged to the second camp, the Austin-Healey Sprite must surely be it.
Launched in 1958, the ‘Frogeye’ was certainly a flyweight. The least-expensive roadster in the BMC line-up, adding pounds to the spec sheet would have added shillings and pence to the price, so both were kept to a minimum.
It was huge fun – far more so than its meagre 42bhp would have you believe – but hardly the quickest. Six decades on, however, the immaculately presented machine you see here addresses that.