1961 Austin-Healey Sprite

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Chasis/VINAN548255
Mileage45,000 Miles
Engine4-cyl. 1500cc Fiat 1961/90+hp
TransmissionStandard 1275 transmission
Body StyleSpeedwell Sprite GT

This Sprite was modified by the Speedwell Performance Conversions in England, 1961. The company began with John Sprinzel, George Hulbert and Len Adams enthused in road railies.

My car started with a Monza bonnet (fiberglass), GT top (aluminum), speedwell door handles by the Speedwell company.

Because the owner, David Hurn, was looking for better speed on a highway, the car was given more modifications by Speedwell - Fiat 1500 cc engine, front disk breaks, 10 gallon gas tank (Austin Healey Speed equipment), rally seats, Weston tachometer, wooden steering wheel. Wire wheels, anti-sway bar, air vents (on bonnet and GT top)

Graham Hill had the idea of installing the Fiat engine and tested it at Brand Hatch Circuit.

This car never raced but was known around movie lots since Hurn was doing still shots during the first two James Bond movies. Sean Connery was given a ride in 6943MM. Ursula Andress also was given a ride. Other stars were the Beatles, Jane Fonda and Charleston Heston.

Mileage

This is the mileage at time of purchase in 1976 - 33800

Wheels and tires

145-13 pirelli wires

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