Austin Healey Sprite which was introduced in 1958 was a diminutive
roadster with an unmistakable headlight arrangement.
The prominent headlights were initially intended to be flip-up
units. However the cost of retractable headlights was to high,
and instead they were fixed in what would have been the 'up'
position. Their unusual location gave rise to the cars affectionate
nickname, the "Frogeye" Sprite.
The Austin Healey Sprite MK I was powered by a 1.0 litre, inline,
four cylinder engine which developed a grand total of 43 horsepower.
Coupled to a four speed manual gearbox it was capable of propelling
the car up to 84 mph.
The Frogeye Sprite (which was discontinued in 1961) was the
first of several Sprite models. In 1962 the MK II Austin Healey
Sprite was introduced. The MK II introduced several updates,
the most noticeable of which was a more conventional headlight
layout. From 1961 the Austin Healey Sprite was also sold as
the MG Midget.
Similar and related vehicles:
Austin Healey 3000
Project Tempest Concept