Austin Healey Sprite Reviews from North America

1958 Austin Healey Sprite Frogeye / Bugeye 948cc

Model year1958
Year of manufacture1958
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 948cc Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles

Summary:

A great little sports car

Faults:

Complete restoration to original specs. All components rebuilt or replaced with quality new parts. No serious problem since. Still leaks fluids of all kinds though.

General Comments:

This is a very sweet little sport car of a past era, when cars were light weight and simple. Makes people smile.

It's very fun to drive, especially on curvy roads with good pavement. It handles like a go-kart. The handling actually improves the harder you drive it. Little power makes momentum preservation the driving style of choice. Great predictable over-steer makes you feel like Fangio.

Uphill performance limited by the 43bhp engine.

Engine is okay for its size. Original smooth case transmission is not great; slow gearshift required, noisy in 1st, and can't keep oil inside. Upgrades are available, but I want to keep my car original.

Comfort is not part of the game. Only a soap box can be more basic. Hard to get in. Upright seat not great for the back.

4 drum brakes and no safety feature whatsoever, so you've got to drive this very conservatively in the traffic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2007

1962 Austin Healey Sprite 948cc

Year of manufacture1962
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 948cc Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carAustin Healey Sprite

Summary:

Low cost vintage fun

Faults:

Transmission is weak and have to replaced often.

General Comments:

Aftermarket very strong lots of parts for this car, and they are not very expensive to rebuild.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2002

Average review marks: 5.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews