The final version of the Austin Healey Sprite arrived in 1966, the Mk IV. The Mk IV now used a twin carb, 1275cc version of the proven A-Series engine, which it shared with other BMC sporting models such as the Mini Cooper S. Another major improvemnet was the addition of a proper folding hood, previous models consisted of a separate hood cover and frame.
In 1969 a "British Leyland" make over was applied to the Sprite, consisting of matt black paint on the sills, Rostyle wheels and a plastic front grille. Between 1969-1970 the Austin Healey name dissapeared and all cars were now sold as "Austin Sprites". Practical Classics October 2009 - Featuring Buyers Guide Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget (1958-1979). Click Here to view in our shop.