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Lot 45: Austin-Healey 'Frogeye' Sprite

Car, H&H Sales Limited (17 April 2013)

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.

Lot Details
Auction Car
H&H Sales Limited, Imperial War Museum, Duxford
TypeCar
Lot Number45
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£21280
Year1961
Condition rating
Registration number700 DRM
Mileage-
Chassis numberAN548304
Engine number8G10E30397
Engine capacity (cc)998
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors