This is “Glenn” (HAN8L 64016), a 1965 Austin Healey Sprite Mark III that came to us from a collector in California. This has been a California car its entire life before here recently, and it looks the part; this is an incredibly solid car!
This car is a wonderful way to affordably enter the Spridget community with a very nice car that not only looks great, but runs and drives great too! We’re so accustomed to Bugeyes that some of the features on this car seem downright luxurious… Bugeyes don’t have such luxuries as exterior door handles, roll-up windows, and an opening boot! (Mark IIIs such as this one were the earliest Sprites to be equipped with roll-up windows and exterior door handles). The car still lacked reverse lights, which creates a really clean, original look (that we love).
Mark III Sprites (and Mark II Midgets) also came with front disc brakes and upgraded dual-piston rear drum brakes, things we fit to Bugeyes as an upgrade, so this is a big plus to anyone looking for the realiability of these components!
The interior on this car is all-black with white piping on the seats and is in good condition. The car could use new check straps for the doors, which is something we can install for the new owner should they desire.
Mark IIIs were equipped from the factory with a 1098 10CC series engine (the preferred 1098, with bigger bearings than a 10CG engine) with HS2 carburetors and a rib-case transmission, and that is what this car has under the bonnet. We have just replaced the transmission with a rebuilt rib-case and tuned the carburetors, and the result is a great-running car that is ready to go!
This was a California car before it came to us, and one look at the all-original underside confirms this. The floors are immaculate and completely rust-free. This is a very nice undercarriage.
This is a very nice car for sale at a very affordable price of $15,995. Click “read more” below for the full suite of photos and give us a call if you want to take this Sprite home!