1960 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk1 “Frogeye”
Manufactured on 19th August 1960 with Chassis No 45228, NSV288 was first registered on in May 1984.
Out of a total of 48,987 Frog Eye Sprites produced only 12,737 were right hand drive. NSV288, a home market car, has stayed in the UK all of its life and still carries its original registration number.
Engine: 948 cc (0.9 L)
Available for Hire
The car had been languishing in a garage in Hampshire for the past 7 years and has been since acquired by its current vendor, Memory Lane Classics, who are building an excellent reputation as restorers of Frog Eye Sprites. The car arrived newly painted in leaf green but upon examination, the quality of the repairs were such that it was decided that the car be put through their complete restoration program.
Briefly, the body shell was stripped back to bare metal, panels replaced as needed with new UK supplied panels, seam welded to form invisible repairs. The entire shell was powder coated to ensure a rust-free future. As the Directors of Memory Lane had no affection for leaf green and had just completed an Iris Blue restoration, the decision was made to repaint the car in Primrose Yellow. The whole of the car has been repainted including the underside and inner panels.
The mechanical works have been extensive with a total of 1882 parts replaced.
The complete drive chain, engine, gearbox, prop shaft, differential, back axle have been re-engineered to better than original condition.
All brake parts have been renewed.
The electrical system has been upgraded to negative earth, including an alternator in the guise of a dynamo.
Electronic ignition and all new electric components have been fitted.
The fuel system has been updated including a new fuel tank, fuel lines, electric petrol pump and inline filter. The carburetors have been professionally rebuilt.
The front suspension and steering mechanism has been replaced.
The original chrome has been re-plated to better than original specification.
The interior comprises new black leather seats, new black carpets including the boot, new trim, new wooden steering wheel and gear knob.
The dashboard has been recovered and all the gauges restored and re-calibrated.
The hood frame has been stripped and powder-coated and a new black hood and tonneau cover complete the restoration.
The list of restoration work is far too long to mention here but it is fully documented within the history file.
This Frog Eye Sprite is complete with a UK V5C registration document and MOT and Heritage certificates, and comprehensive list of parts used in the restoration.
This is a rare opportunity to purchase a fully restored period Frog Eye Sprite, The build quality and finish is outstanding and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Fully BMIHT certified.
Available for Hire
Maintenance & Restoration
We decided that British classic cars were where our passions lay. The timeline was set at 40 years and older and a number of potential motor Cars were discussed, the MK1 (Frogeye) Sprite was chosen as our starting point. These cars were only built between 1958 and 1960, pioneering a Monocoque design and with very few specification changes.
We purchase a number of Frogeyes, in a variety of conditions from completely broken down to just extremely tatty.