1959 Austin Healey MK1 Sprite (1275)

Lot: 870

Sold for (£): Unsold
Offered for sale is a 1.275L 1959 Austin Healey MK1 Frogeye Sprite manual. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 105 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

This little Frogeye is a bit of a 'Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'...

  • This delightful MkI Sprite is an original UK car with just four former keepers
  • The bodywork and Leaf Green paintwork are in Condition 1 and the interior is lovely
  • Fitted with a carefully rebuilt 1275 cc unit and appropriate gearbox, 3.5 diff, and front disc brakes
  • The Hood and Hood Frame, Side Screens and Tonneau Cover are all in very good condition
  • Original Buff Logbook, Heritage Certificate, and a number of invoices


Lot Details

Registration: 36 VMU RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1959 Engine size: 1.275L
Make: Austin Healey Odometer reading (miles): 55000
Model: MK1 Frogeye Sprite MOT expiry:
Warranted: No Chassis number: ANS156903

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 105 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Repainted in the past to a high standard. Full wet weather gear comprising Hood and Hood Frame, Side Screens and Tonneau Cover are included - all in very good condition.



Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


Interior very good and largely original. 



Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


Completely rebuilt.


Gears: Drive-shaft:

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


Minor: Major:

Vehicle History


Good - Original Buff logbook, Heritage Certificate, and bills. 

36 VMU was supplied by Messrs Tamplins of Twickenham on 31st August 1959 to a Mrs Gibbs of Stansted Abbots, Herts. She kept the Frogeye for 18 months, selling to a Mr Roff who would appear to have owned it until 1998. Passing through the hands of only two more owners in the next 17 years, the car was acquired by its current owner in 2015 as an addition to his small collection of high-quality classics. At this time, the decision was made to upgrade the Frogeye to make it safer and more enjoyable to drive on today's roads. To that end, a later 1275cc engine was sourced and professionally rebuilt to a high specification. This was then mated to an appropriate gearbox and a rare 3.5 differential was fitted to facilitate more relaxed touring. The brakes were upgraded to include a front disc conversion with a servo added for good measure. A front anti-roll bar was also incorporated. This lovely Frogeye has the look of a standard car and still incorporates several original features including the totally unspoilt interior. It is, however, far more usable than the original and very satisfying to drive. Sadly, the recent acquisition of a 'Big Healey' has necessitated the sale due to limited garage space.

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history