Imperial War Museum Duxford: 14/10/2015
1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE SUPERCHARGED
|Reg Number:||650 FTX|
Period modified with blown 1275cc engine and PEMA bonnet etc
Featured in Fast Car and Austin-Healey Owners' Club magazines
Shorrocks / Allard badging, Les Leston wheel, fresh MOT certificate
First registered by Glamorganshire County Council on 22nd April 1960, `650 FTX' began life as a standard `Frogeye'. Reworked into its current guise by the decade's end, the two-seater appeared in contemporaneous issues of Fast Car and the Austin-Healey Owners' Club magazines. Exchanging its original 948cc engine for a supercharged 1275cc unit, `650 FTX' also gained a PEMA fibreglass bonnet, eight-gauge dashboard, rear wheelarch extensions and widened steel wheels. Laid-up from 1987-2009, it underwent various floor and wheelarch repairs plus general recommissioning before returning to the road. Sparingly used since entering the current ownership three years ago, the `Baby Healey' has only recently returned from France and is expected to possess a fresh MOT certificate by the time of sale. Pleasingly retaining much of its period paintwork plus a Les Leston wood-rim steering wheel and Shorrock / Allard badging etc, this appealing Supercharged Sprite is accompanied by numerous old bills, tax discs and even fuel ration books from the 3-day week!
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