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Austin Healey Sprite MKIII '65

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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]

Specifications

  • 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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