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1961 Austin-Healey Sprite MKII

The 1961 Austin-Healey Sprite was powered by an overhead-valve four-cylinder engine that displaced 948cc and offered nearly 50 horsepower. Around 8,935 Austin-Healeys (all models) were sold in the United States for 1961.

The Mark II featured a restyled body that had a rectangular grille and a squared-off front end. Gone were the distinctive 'bugeye' headlamps. The fenders were now bolted in position and the rear-hinged hood could now be raised by itself, without the need of lifting up the fenders as well. The back now had a lockable trunk lid (prior versions had no exterior access - they only way to access the cargo area was by tilting the seats forward).

Disc brakes could be found in the front and there was a close-ratio four-speed manual gearbox.

Other changes to the car included a more reliable weather-proofed folding top, sliding plastic windows, and bucket seats upholstered in plastic.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2015

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The Austin-Healey Sprite was produced from 1958 through 1971 with 129,347 examples of the two-door, low-cost, open roadster produced. The car was designed by the Healey Motor Company, more specifically Donald Healey, and produced in partnership with the British Motor Corporation. There were four series of the Sprite. The first series was produced from 1958 through 1961 with approximately 49,000....
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Price Comparison

1961 Sprite MKII
$1,800-$22,755
1961 Austin-Healey Sprite MKII Base Price : $1,800

Other 1961 Austin-Healey Models

Sprite Mark II

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 57.85 CID., 46.00hp
$1,800 - $1,800
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 57.85 CID., 46.00hp
4 cyl., 67.00 CID., 56.00hp
$1,865 - $1,865
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 67.00 CID., 56.00hp
8,852
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 67.00 CID., 56.00hp
$1,875 - $1,875
80.00 in.
4 cyl., 67.00 CID., 59.00hp
$1,875 - $1,875

Industry Production

#1#2#3Austin-Healey
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)8,348
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)

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