Lot 45: Austin-Healey 'Frogeye' Sprite
A RHD `home market' car that was extensively restored and upgraded by engineer Clark Dawson using a corrosion-free bodyshell (ex-USA), `700 DRM' is something of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Coventry-Climax-inspired, its jewel-like powerplant develops circa 100bhp @ 7,500rpm thanks to an enlarged Rootes B1 alloy block (998cc), big valve Imp cylinder head, R17 camshaft, balanced flywheel/clutch, PowerMax pistons and twin Weber 40DCOE carburettors etc. A sympathetic installation that retains the original engine mountings and BMC gearbox, it nevertheless endows the Little Healey with approximately 155bhp/ton and improved weight distribution. Tamed via uprated disc/drum brakes and revised suspension, `700 DRM' was the subject of a five-page article in MG Enthusiast magazine (April 2012) and is quite possibly the nicest `Frogeye' we have encountered.
H&H Sales Limited, Imperial War Museum, Duxford
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£21280|
|Registration number||700 DRM|
|Engine capacity (cc)||998|
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