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Austin-Healey Sprite (1958-1979): books - history

A book on the Austin-Healey Sprite (1958-1979)? Here are books on the history and technology of Austin-Healey sports cars.

Austin Healey Sprite - The Complete Story

In May 1958, one of the world's largest motor manufacturers unveiled a diminutive two-seater that would take the world by storm. Small in stature yet able to punch well above its weight, the Austin-Healey Sprite rapidly gained an enthusiastic following among keen drivers, as well as an impressive record in competition.
Being neither expensive nor exotic, for many motorists the Sprite opened the door to sports car ownership and, in so doing, its commercial success was almost guaranteed.

With over 250 photographs, this book includes:
- The genesis of the Sprite, from the Austin Seven and pre-war MG Midget, via Donald Healey's Riley- and Nash-engined models, to the Austin A30, A90 Atlantic and Healey Hundred.
- The development, launch and market reception is covered along with details of the evolution from Mk I to Mk IV, including the Frogeye and restyled ADO 41.
- Rallies, racing and record breaking details are given as well as information on modifications, special-bodied variants, replicas and finally, buying and restoring a Sprite today.

Author:Malcolm Thorne
Specs:208 pages, 26 x 21.5 x 2.1 cm / 10.25 x 8.5 x 0.83 in, hardback
Illustrations:250+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2022)
Series:The Complete Story
EAN:9780719840517
Book: Austin Healey Sprite - The Complete Story

Austin Healey Sprite - The Complete Story

Language: English

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Frogeye Sprite - The Complete Story

The headlights in the bonnet and unusual radiator grill shape gave the car a cheeky grin, so it soon gained the name 'Frogeye'. The book covers the full story of the design, development and manufacture of the Mark 1 Austin Healey Sprite, including the considerable success of the car in racing and rallying.

Author:John Baggott
Specs:224 pages, 26 x 21.5 x 2.1 cm / 10.25 x 8.5 x 0.83 in, hardback
Illustrations:270 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2013)
Series:The Complete Story
EAN:9781847975508
Book: Frogeye Sprite - The Complete Story

Frogeye Sprite - The Complete Story

Language: English

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Original Sprite and Midget - The Restorer's Guide to All Austin-Healey and MG Models, 1958-79

A restorer's guide to the Sprite and Midget. The aim of this book is to reveal, in words and colour photographs, how the many models - from 'Frogeye' Sprite Mkl to 'rubber-bumpered' 1500 Midget - altered in detail through the 21 years of production between 1958 and 1979.

Fourteen distinct versions, two basic body styles, engines of four different capacities and numerous export variations mean that an amazing number of specification changes, large and small, occurred over the years.
Drawing from factory production records, parts lists and catalogues, as well as the accumulated knowledge of a dedicated author, this book provides the most thorough production survey of the Sprites and Midgets ever published.

Accompanying the authoritative text are over 225 specially commissioned colour photographs showing every permutation of Spridget specification in outstanding detail.
Careful selection of cars of the highest quality and originality - two of them have travelled fewer than 1000 miles from new ensures that the photographs provide a valuable reference source. Indispensable for all owners, restorers, buyers and enthusiasts.

Author:Terry Horler
Specs:144 pages, 29.5 x 23.5 x 1.8 cm / 11.6 x 9.25 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:265 colour photographs
Publisher:Herridge & Sons Ltd (GB, 2011)
Series:Original Restorer's Guide
EAN:9781906133337
Book: Original Sprite and Midget - The Restorer's Guide to All Austin-Healey and MG Models, 1958-79

Original Sprite and Midget - The Restorer's Guide to All Austin-Healey and MG Models, 1958-79

Language: English

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Austin-Healey Sprite Mark 1 - Brooklands Road Test Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the Austin-Healey Sprite Mark 1 models from the years 1958-1961. Describes the Sprite Mark 1 Frogeye, Supercharged, Speedwell, Downton, Alexander, Warwick, Sebring and Gaston.

  • The articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.
  • Offers also advice for the purchase of a pre-owned Austin-Healey Sprite.

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Specs:130 pages, 28 x 21 cm / 11 x 8.25 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 b&w photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 2016)
EAN:9781783180530
Book: Austin-Healey Sprite Mark 1 - Brooklands Road Test Portfolio

Austin-Healey Sprite Mark 1

Language: English

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Sprite and Midget - Past and Present

In this all-new book written by an expert on Midgets and Sprites, the author examines the original factory specification examples of the cars and compares them with those in use today as well as their derivatives.

He also traces the evolution of the cars from the mid-1950s to the present. This includes the Austin-Healey Sprites Mk I to Mk IV and the MG Midget Mk I to Mk III, along with the 1500 MG Midget.

The author also includes useful information for owners today or those who are planning to buy a Sprite or Midget, including information on buying and owning, clubs and support.
Based on a thorough knowledge of the cars by a well known expert, this book is designed to both informative and enjoyable to read.

Author:Terry Horler
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2016)
EAN:9781445655536
Book: Sprite and Midget - Past and Present

Sprite and Midget - Past and Present

Language: English

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MG Midget & Austin-Healey Sprite - All models (1958-1979) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

This book is the perfect companion for the first-time or even more experienced buyer in search of an MG Midget or Austin-Healey Sprite. All the information is here to help make a clear and balanced decision, to counter the vendor's claims, and even negotiate a better price. It will guide you through a simple to use evaluation procedure, warn you of any potential pitfalls, and give guidance on finding a good example.
The author has bought and sold many Midgets and Sprites over the years, and his knowledge and enthusiasm will prove a vital resource for potential buyers.

Features:
- Like having a real marque expert at your side - benefit from years of real ownership experience.
- Full coverage of all MG Midget & A-H Sprite models
- Where and how to buy a MG Midget & A-H Sprite
- Advice on choosing the right model and condition
- Key checks - spot a bad car quickly
- Comprehensive inspection guide with unique points scoring system
- In-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses
- Discussion of desirable upgrades as well as modifications to avoid
- Market and value data, predicts which models represent the best investment
- Details of club back-up and support organisations.

Author:Terry Horler
Specs:64 pages, 19.5 x 14 x 0.3 cm / 7.7 x 5.5 x 0.12 in, paperback
Illustrations:103 colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2018)
Series:The Essential Buyer's Guide
EAN:9781787114210
Book: MG Midget & Austin-Healey Sprite - All models (1958-1979) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

MG Midget & Austin-Healey Sprite - All models (1958-1979)

Language: English

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The TMB Bookshop offers not only general books about Austin-Healey . Click here to discover all books about Austin-Healey (including technical books like workshop manuals, restauration manuals, driver's handbooks, parts catalogues, etc.).

Years: 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979


Last update:15-06-2024