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
Austin Healey Sprite 1963 Really nice and well-run car. Renovated a number of years ago but still appearing in nice shape - just to run the summer meeting in. Cute, fun and charming car. VIN Number: HAN6L23371 Speedometer shows: Registration number: XM41907 Last sight: 09.04.2013
Very late manufactured Sprite, in current Healey family ownership. One of the last ( Austin Sprite) cars made, and with full history from new. Complete professional restoration in 2001, and just 8,000 dry miles since. In exceptional condition, and a total 81,000 from new. Comes with a large history file, and MOTs back to 1981. Current MOT to April 2019, although now MOT exempt. Selling only to fun
1961 AN5 Frogeye sprite, 3 former keepers, my owernship for 4 years, previous 27, 2 and 24 years. current mileage 96080, Mot,s back to 1991 showing 69328, large history back to 1989. Rebuilt 2014, engine, gearbox, brakes suspension, waxoiled for many years. Full respray only covered 1,500 since rebuild (2014). Not for the purist, not concours, A very solid no rust tight Sprite, with a 1275 +
Offered is a delightful 1966 Austin Healey Sprite. The Sprite has had a large amount of cosmetic restoration work carried out including a complete repaint and a full interior retrim. The wire wheels have been refurbished with a black finish and a new set of tyres have been fitted. Several modern upgrades have been added to the Healey, which include new style `Halo` lights (at least you can se