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 but the engine was fitted with twin caburettors. Other parts used by Healey were the Morris Minor rack and pinion steering and MG clutch.The Sprite was made in various forms until 1971. The Mk1 "Frogeye" used the 948cc BMC A series engine, the headlight height being due to US 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 had 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 Austin Sprite.
Austin-Healy Sprite tyre fitment was 5.20x13 which is equivalent to the radial steel belted Blockley 145R13 size.