Austin Healey - Austin Healey Sprite

In 1958 the Austin-Healey Sprite, designed by Donald Healey Motor Co, was unveiled and became an instant success, being a relatively inexpensive sportscar which allowed many people to buy them. The Sprite used many A35 parts with an engine modified by fitting twin caburettors. Other parts used by Healey were the Morris Minor rack and pinion steering and the clutch from an MG. The Sprite was made in various forms until 1971. The Mk1 "Frogeye" (referred to in the USA as "Bugeye" Sprite) used the 948cc BMC A series engine, the headlight position being to comply with U.S. regulations. The 1962 Austin Healey Sprite Mk2 had a much more conventional look, keeping the same engine, while the Austin Healey Sprite Mk3 of 1964 had the larger 1098 cc engine, and now fitted with wind up windows and half elliptic rear springs. The Sprite Mk4 introduced in 1966 had the largest engine at 1275cc. The arrangement between Austin to use the Healey name ended in 1972, and the last 1,000 or so cars were badged just as the Austin Sprite.

Austin-Healy Sprite tyre fitment was 5.20x13 which is the direct equivalent to our radial steel belted Blockley 145R13 size, and our Blocklet 145R13 is the closest in diameter to the original, out of any tyre available today. For those wanting a non standard wider tyre we also produce the 175/70VR13 size. Both these tyres have good speed ratings, with period correct tread pattern built on a steel belted carcass - nothing you can buy is this good! See all details below:

Blockley Products for Austin Healey Austin Healey Sprite

13/14 inch Rim Band (45mm wide)

Blockley Rim Band

£3.30 (£3.96 inc. VAT)


Blockley Radial

£62.00 (£74.40 inc. VAT)



£89.00 (£106.80 inc. VAT)