Austin-Healey Sprite Mk I (Frogeye)

Overview
Produced: 1958-1961, 48987 produced.
Types: Sports,2 doors,2 seats
In 1958 BMC launched a new, small sports-car based on well proven Austin A35 mechanical parts. The new car was known as the Austin Healey Sprite and would be produced at the MG factory in Abingdon. The Sprite introduced a whole new concept in sports-car ownership that would later be copied by Triumph and MG. The Sprite consisted of a twin carb A35 engine, 948cc, A-Series engine driving the rear wheels via a four speed gearbox. The body was of a simple design with no external boot access and with minimal decoration. The one-piece bonnet was originally designed to include pop-up headlamps, however the mechanisms proved to complex and so the lamps were mounted in a fixed pod. This unusual styling feature actually added to the cars "cute" appeal and it quickly gained the nickname "Frogeye" (or "Bugeye" in the USA) Sprite. Practical Classics August 2001 - Featuring Buyers Guide Frogeye Sprite, Austin-Healey Sprite Mk I available.  Click here to view in our shop.  Practical Classics October 2009 - Featuring Buyers Guide Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget (1958-1979).  Click Here to view in our shop.
Source: Motorbase
Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
948ccS4 OHVBMC A-Series62.92mm x 76.2mm
Fuel System
TypeNumberCapacityComment
SU2
Transmission
TypeGearsComment
Manual4
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
82 mph20.5 s21.8 s34 mpg43 bhp 5200
Brakes
FrontRearComment
DrumDrum
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
198 Austin-Healey "Bugeye" Sprite MK I Bonhams 16 Jan 2014 £14252.00 £15677.00
542 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite Coys 13 Oct 2013 - €15930.00
304 Austin-Healey Mk I Roadster Bonhams 7 Sep 2013 £6200.00 £7130.00
006 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Anglia Car Auctions 24 Aug 2013 - £7980.00
04 Austin-Healey Frogeye' Sprite H&H Sales Limited 15 Jun 2013 - £12880.00
018 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 28 Nov 2012 £2900.00 -
106 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Anglia Car Auctions 3 Nov 2012 - £10500.00
004 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 16 May 2012 - £8800.00
045 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 7 Mar 2012 £8500.00 -
387 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Historics at Brooklands 22 Oct 2011 Not sold
29 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 21 Sep 2011 Not sold
32 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 21 Sep 2011 £7200.00 -
17 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 21 Sep 2011 £11000.00 -
016 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 13 Jul 2011 £8400.00 -
024 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 2 Mar 2011 £9600.00 -
'23 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 23 Jun 2010 £5600.00 -
107 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite Barons 15 Jun 2010 £5150.00 -
018 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 23 Sep 2009 £9400.00 -
021 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 23 Sep 2009 £9000.00 -
01 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite H&H Sales Limited 16 Sep 2009 - £3300.00
31 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite H&H Sales Limited 16 Sep 2009 - £5500.00
039 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 24 Jun 2009 Not sold
020 Nissan S-Cargo Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 24 Jun 2009 £1700.00 -
59 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite H&H Sales Limited 10 Jun 2009 - £3905.00
38 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite H&H Sales Limited 16 Apr 2009 - £11000.00
125 Austin Healey Sprite Pickup Barons 9 Dec 2008 £2900.00 -
121 Austin Healey Frog Eye Sprite Barons 9 Dec 2008 £6800.00 -
075 Austin_Healey Frogeye Sprite MkI Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 22 Oct 2008 Not sold
002 1960 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite H&H Sales Limited 8 Jun 2008 £3300.00 -
127 Austin Healey Sprite " Frog Eye" Barons 29 Apr 2008 £8800.00 -
115 Austin Healey Frog Eye Sprite Barons 11 Dec 2007 Not sold
114 Austin Healey Frog-Eye Sprite Barons 19 Jun 2007 £7050.00 -
102 1960 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite Coys 30 Nov 2006 £6234.00 -
11 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI BCA 5 Oct 2006 - £6503.00
117 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite Barons 1 Aug 2006 £6100.00 -
208 1959 Austin Healey Sprite Mk.1 Competition Coys 14 Jan 2006 Not sold
018 1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 'FROGEYE' SPRITE H&H Sales Limited 21 Sep 2005 Not sold
110 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite Barons 20 Sep 2005 £6400.00 -
666 Austin Healey Sprite MK1 Lambert & Foster 26 May 2005 Not sold
616 Austin-Healey Frogeye' Sprite Cheffins 4 Dec 2004 Not sold
1537 Austin-Healey "Bugeye" Sprite Mk I Bonhams & Butterfields 13 Aug 2004 - $10005.00
013 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite H&H Sales Limited 7 Apr 2004 £6300.00 -
022 Austin Healey Frogeye' Sprite H&H Sales Limited 21 Feb 2004 £5250.00 -
329 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk1 Bodyshell (1960) Bonhams 8 Sep 2002 - £230.00
024 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) BCA 5 Aug 2002 Not sold
706 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) Bonhams 3 Dec 2001 £5500.00 -
059 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1960) H&H Sales Limited 28 Nov 2001 - £4725.00
025 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1958) BCA 23 Jul 2001 - £5778.00
016 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1960) H&H Sales Limited 11 Apr 2001 £6600.00 -
Unknown Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1961) Barons 14 Nov 2000 Not sold
026 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1961) Barons 10 Oct 2000 - £4305.00
050 Austin-Healey Sprite (1960) H&H Sales Limited 26 Jul 2000 £7000.00 -
955 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1958) Brooks 23 Jun 2000 - £9200.00
754 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1960) Brooks 27 Apr 2000 - £6900.00
616 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) Brooks 28 Oct 1999 - £7475.00
058 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1958) H&H Sales Limited 6 Oct 1999 £2300.00 -
218 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) RTS Auctions Ltd 19 Sep 1999 £1700.00 -
208 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) RTS Auctions Ltd 19 Sep 1999 £150.00 -
231 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1961) RTS Auctions Ltd 19 Sep 1999 £4000.00 -
213 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) RTS Auctions Ltd 19 Sep 1999 Not sold
215 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1960) RTS Auctions Ltd 19 Sep 1999 £1000.00 -
206 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1960) RTS Auctions Ltd 19 Sep 1999 £125.00 -
055 Austin-Healey Sprite Sports (1960) Christies 29 Aug 1999 - $18400.00
034 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1960) BCA 16 Aug 1999 Not sold
068 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1958) Coys 31 Jul 1999 £4250.00 -
043 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1960) H&H Sales Limited 17 Feb 1999 £4700.00 -
064 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1960) BCA 12 Oct 1998 £5650.00 -
062 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) BCA 23 Apr 1998 £6900.00 -
044 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1961) Parkes 4 Apr 1998 Not sold
344 Austin-Healey Sprite Sports (1960) Sothebys 30 Mar 1998 - £4485.00
360 Austin-Healey Sprite Sports (1959) Christies 23 Feb 1998 £8000.00 £9200.00
027 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1960) BCA 23 Feb 1998 £6400.00 -
038 Austin-Healey Sprite (1959) Parkes 24 Jan 1998 £5500.00 -
065 Austin-Healey Sprite MkIV Sports (1959) BCA 1 Dec 1997 £7850.00 £8343.00
219 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1958) Sothebys 29 Sep 1997 £10600.00 -
517 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite MkI (1959) Brooks 25 Sep 1997 Not sold
046 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1960) H&H Sales Limited 24 Sep 1997 Not sold
068 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1958) H&H Sales Limited 24 Sep 1997 Not sold
628 Austin-Healey Sprite Roadster (1960) Brooks 25 Jul 1997 - £11097.00
051 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1959) H&H Sales Limited 23 Jul 1997 £5700.00 -
060A Austin-Healey Sprite (1959) Coys 15 May 1997 £5500.00 -
049 Austin-Healey Sprite MkIV Sports (1960) H&H Sales Limited 16 Apr 1997 £5800.00 -
046 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1960) ADT 16 Dec 1996 - £10080.00
009 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) ADT 16 Dec 1996 Not sold
229 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) RTS Auctions Ltd 24 Nov 1996 £775.00 -
061 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) ADT 7 Oct 1996 Not sold
079 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) ADT 12 Aug 1996 - £11025.00
001 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) ADT 12 Aug 1996 - £5145.00
236 Austin-Healey Sprite (1959) RTS Auctions Ltd 14 Jun 1996 £3525.00 -
025 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) ADT 22 Apr 1996 - £8715.00
050 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1960) ADT 12 Feb 1996 £4200.00 -
236 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) RTS Auctions Ltd 14 Jan 1996 £3525.00 -
761 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) Sothebys 11 Dec 1995 £2000.00 -
063 Austin-Healey Sprite MkIV Sports (1960) ADT 27 Nov 1995 - £6405.00
295 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) Sothebys 18 Sep 1995 - £3220.00
016 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1959) H&H Sales Limited 13 Jul 1995 £3900.00 -
064 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1960) H&H Sales Limited 13 Jul 1995 £5200.00 -
279 Austin-Healey Sprite Supercharged (1958) Sothebys 2 Jul 1995 Not sold
005 Austin-Healey Sprite (1959) Coys 27 Jun 1995 Not sold
016 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1960) H&H Sales Limited 23 Feb 1995 £4600.00 -
083 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) Sandown 3 Sep 1994 Not sold
028 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI (1959) H&H Sales Limited 28 Jul 1994 Not sold
060 Austin-Healey Sprite (1960) ADT 18 Jul 1994 Not sold
039 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1960) H&H Sales Limited 8 May 1994 Not sold
096 Austin-Healey Sprite (1959) ADT 11 Apr 1994 Not sold
039 Austin-Healey Speedwell Streamline (1958) Christies 25 Feb 1994 Not sold
075 Austin-Healey Frog Eye Sprite (1959) Christies 11 Sep 1993 £7000.00 -
Books
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Article Buying Guide Austin-Healey Sprite and MG Midget (1958-1979)
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Article Blast to The Beach - Seaside Frolics with a Nice Pair
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Article Modifying Frogeye
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Publication Practical Classics October 2003
Modifying Frogeye  - Sprite Ideas - With just 43bhp and A30 oily bits, Austin-Healey's Frogeye is prime modifying fodder.  But is upgrading the original Sprite such a great idea? Ben Barry investigates.
Article Force-fed Frogeye
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Publication Practical Classics October 2002
Force-fed Frogeye - Gary Haines' supercharged Frogeye started out as a forlorn rust-free shell from the USA. Kevin Leaper meets man and masterpiece.
Article Buyers Guide. Frogeye Sprite. Austin-Healey Sprite Mk I
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Publication Practical Classics August 2001
Buyers Guide. Frogeye Sprite. Austin-Healey Sprite Mk I. If there was ever a car to prove that less is more, it's the Frogeye. Good looks, great fun but watch out for rust, says Richard Dredge.
Article Classic Cars January 2000 pg 138
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Publication Classic Cars January 2000
Buying Guide. Frogeye Sprite. It's appeal is obvious from the first glance: the Frogeye Sprite offers open-top fun in a pint-size package. But with plentiful parts and simple mechanics, keeping one on the road won't drive you to distraction.
Article Buyer's Guide Express - Frogeye Sprite
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 18 May 2011
Buyer's Guide Express - Frogeye Sprite - The car that went on to spawn generations of MG Midgets is now one of the most valuable examples of the breed.  MIKE LE CAPLAIN assesses one as a classic buy today.
Article Classic to restore
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Publication Classic Car Mart March 2011
Classic to restore - It's at this time of the year that many of us consider our next project.  But which classics make the best choices right now? Paul Guinness chooses six of his most recommended classic to restore.  Morris Minor, MGB & MGB GT, Classic Mini, Ford Anglia 105E, Triumph TR5, Austin-Healey Sprite.
Article How to buy an..Austin-Healey Sprite
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Publication Classics Monthly March 2011
How to buy an..Austin-Healey Sprite - Buy carefully, and the little Frogeye is guaranteed to make you smile.
Article Miles of smiles
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Publication Classic Car Mart July 2010
Miles of smiles - Since the Sprite's launch, there have been many imitators - but there's nothing quite like the real thing.
Article Buying Power - Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 10 March 2010
Buying Power - Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite - Cuter than a basket of kittens, and probably just as easy - or perhaps even easier - to look after.  But like a cat, you need to buy the right one in the first place, says RUSS SMITH.
Article Buying Power - MG Midget/ Austin-Healey Sprite
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 5 November 2009
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Article Marital bliss
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Publication Classics Monthly March 2009
Marital bliss- Once Darren Tyre had finished his wife's Sprite, he had to go one better...
Article Twin test - Austin-healey Sprite vs NSU Spider
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Article Buying Power - Austin-Healey Frogeye Spite
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 2 August 2007
Buying Power - Austin-Healey Frogeye Spite- The Frogeye Sprit offers a quirky alternative to the Midget and ADAM TAIT is here to tell you how to bag a peach.  Expert help comes from Frogeye guru and owner of Classic Revival, Gordon Elwell.
Article Classic Drive - Sprite Delight
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Publication Classics Monthly July 2007
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Article Timewarp Classics: No 15 - Austin-Healey Sprite: 1958
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 8 June 2006
Timewarp Classics: No 15 - Austin-Healey Sprite: 1958 - No stranger to the warm glow of nostalgian, ANDREW ROBERTS whisks us back to 1958, the year an exciting little sports car, the Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite, burst onto the motoring scene.
Article The Frogeyes have it!
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Publication Classics Monthly October 2005
The Frogeyes have it! - Only made for three years, but now more popular than ever, the Austin Healey Sprite is a great basis for a fast usable sports car.  Mike Renaut finds four modified examples that make a good thing even better.
Article Road Test - Austin Healey Sprite MK I
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 23 December 2004
Road Test - Austin Healey Sprite MK I - Built 1958-61, two-door, two-seater convertible.  Front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, 948cc OHV four-cylinder engine.
Article Frog March - Austin-Healey Sprite Mk 1
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Publication Classic & Sports Car December 2004
Frog March - Does fettling a Frogeye to top 120mph make it a spanking good drive or destroy its DNA? To find out, Simon Charlesworth compares three very different sprites. Austin-Healey Sprite Mk 1
Article Starter Classic - Midget and Sprite
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Publication Classic & Sports Car May 2004
Starter Classic - Midget and Sprite - The archetypal miniature sports car makes a great first classic, explains Malcolm McKay.
Article Classics May 2003 pg 21
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Article Classics July 2001 pg 22
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Article Classics February 2001 pg 36
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Publication Classics February 2001
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