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Austin Healey Sprite MKIII '65

Austin Healey Sprite MKIII '65 (1965)

Reference CH2493
Make Austin Healey
Model Sprite MKIII '65
Type cabrio
Construction year 1965
KM 32501 miles
Cilinder displacement 1098
Gears manual
Steering right hand drive

The Austin-Healey Sprite, a small open sports car,was produced in the UK from 1858 to 1971, in 4 successive versions. It was intended to be a low-cost model, yet the successor to the sporting versions of the pre-war Austin Seven. The 2 first series was  first produced at the MG factory at Abingdon

The Mark III Sprite was also marketed as the Mark II MG Midget – differences between the two were again restricted to minor trim detailing. Although still 1098 cc, the engine had a stronger block casting, and the size of the crankshaft main bearings was increased to two inches (engine code 10CC).

A new (slightly) curved-glass windscreen was introduced with hinged quarterlights and wind-up side windows. Exterior door handles were provided for the first time, with separate door locks. Though the car could now be secured, with a soft-top roof the added protection was limited. The rear suspension was modified from quarter-elliptic to semi-elliptic leaf springs, which gave a more comfortable ride for a near-negligible weight penalty as well as providing additional axle location, the upper links fitted to the quarter-elliptic models being deleted. Though scarcely sybaritic, these changes helped the Sprite and Midget compete with the recently released Triumph Spitfire. 25,905 Mark III Sprites were made.[5]


  • Bodywork
  • Length: cm (in): 350 (137.6)
  • Width: cm (in): 135 (53)
  • Height: cm (in): 126 (49.7)
  • Wheelbase: cm (in): 203 (80)
  • Weight: kg (lb): 676 (1490)
  • Mechanics.
  • Displacement: inline 4 1097 cc (67 cu in), front-mounted
  • Valve gear: 8
  • Fuel system: 2 carburetors
  • Gearbox: 4-speed manual
  • Driven wheels: rear-wheel drive
  • Maximum power: 59 hp at 5750 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 88 Nm at 3250 t/m
  • Maximum speed: 152 km/h (94 mph)
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