Can you help find this lost Austin-Healey Frogeye?
The hunt is on for a long-lost Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite. We know it’s still on the road, but has anyone seen it?
We all go looking for our old family cars. No matter the marque or model, condition or popularity, they hold rose-tinted sentiment that tickles the heart with delicate fingers. Whatever the reason, from raising a family to financial burdens and everything in between, we most often regret parting ways with our favoured mechanical steeds.
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Sadly, most are lost to the ether of time. However, that’s not always the case. Take Hannah Throgmorton’s recent request to classic car clubs across the nation, for example.
Her Dad had to sell his Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite, a riotous British sportscar that separated the men from the boys. You had to commit with steely determination in order to take Austin-Healey’s Frogeye to the limit. An act which created a bond between man and machine that is rarely matched by any modern vehicle.
So much so, that Mr.Throgmorton is now seeking his old car after decades apart, as Hannah explains:
‘To cut a long story short, my Dad once owned this car. That's him in the picture. Recent events have sent Dad down memory lane and it's become very obvious to me, my sister and my brother that this car holds a very special place in his heart. He often talks about how he regrets exchanging it for a sensible family car.’
‘I've been in touch with the lovely people at the Midget and Sprite Club who are going to add something to the next edition of MASCOT and I'm hoping the power of social media may turn up something too.’
‘The car has recently been Taxed and MOTd (according to the DVLA). Obviously this is a long shot and I'm trying to keep hopes to a minimum, but just to be able to see some pictures of the cars recent adventures would be amazing and such a nice surprise for Dad, who turns 80 this year.’
If you happen to know of the vehicle’s current status or, indeed, you are the owner – drop the owner's club a message so they can pass the information on.
Classic Cars for Sale
A rare Healey Frogeye offered by Mike Authers Classics the Midget and Sprite specialist in Abingdon. Built using a 1964 donor car and using the Healey Frogeye galvanised chassis and all GRP body from the Isle of Wight in the 1990’s. Painted in Ecurie Ecosse metallic Blue with removable matching Hard top. Comes with full soft top and side screens. View this vehicle on our website
The Sebring Sprite. A proud member of that select club of small British cars that turn up at events and ruthlessly trash the opposition. Sebring 1959 was such a year; disc brakes, a close ratio gearbox, large carbs and a competition clutch – a simple but effective concoction. Initially, in the hands of early owner Adrian Andrew, RTL 304 competed in club racing in 1960/61 as a standard Sprite w
Full bare shell restoration to Concours standard. All steel body. Superb paintwork in gleaming Cherry Red. Engine was upgraded to a 1098cc with stronger ribcased gearbox otherwise all standard specification. This car was remarkably rust free having been taken off the road in 1973. Its spent all its life in Cornwall and has its original number plate. Only three owners from new. Carefully dry store
The Austin Sebring Sprite was introduced to the public at the London Racing Car Show in January 1961. Only six cars were produced, two of which travelled to the United States to be raced at Sebring in the hands of Stirling Moss and his sister Pat, Britain’s most successful female rally driver. The Sprite was continually developed over the next few years culminating in the most iconic and success