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1959 Austin Healey Sebring Mk1 Sprite ~ For Sale

£19,950 As stated

Price £19,950As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Austin Healey
Model Sprite
Year 1959
Mileage 52,637 Miles
Country United Kingdom
Region Yorkshire
Status Trade
  03-May-2022
Ref C1410544
The Austin Healey Sebring Mk1 Sprite is a very rare car. This example has an unusual history.

The official Heritage Certificate that we have obtained from The British Motor Museum shows that it was built in October 1959 as a RHD Home Market car. Other than these details we have no history prior to 1984 when it was acquired by a private owner in Leeds. Any paperwork there may have been would have been lost on this owners death in 2005.

In 1984 it must have been off the road for a period of time prior to 1984 as this owner registered it with the DVLA and incorrectly declared the year of manufacture as 1965 as now stated on the V5. The DVLA registered it on the 14th May 1984 and allocated a 1963 A suffix registration number to the car as they did not issue non-age related plates at that time.

In pre-covid times we would have had the car officially dated correctly by the DVLA recognised Austin Healey dating officer and put the paperwork into the DVLA for them to correct the record. Unfortunately, due to Covid, the DVLA seem to have temporarily suspended dealing with correcting their records in cases like this.

As such, we are offering the car at a price that leaves room for the new owner to spend the time to deal with the DVLA in the future to correct the record if the new owner requires. In the meantime, the new owner will have the car registered to them at the DVLA with a new V5 and taxed for the road in order to drive it as this is done using the DVLA online system.

The current V5 shows that the owner who bought it in 1984 kept the car for 21 years until his death in 2005 when it was bought by another local owner who has kept it since then.

We are unable to ascertain the full specification of the car but can say that it has a Williams & Pritchard bonnet with extra side air vents fitted, wire wheels, front disc brakes, brake servo, chrome boot rack, Moto-Lita wood rim steering wheel, new battery, a removable convertible roof and tonneau cover.

Other things we have noticed is that it has a non-standard diff casing and alloy rear drums. The last owner believed that the engine and gearbox had been upgraded to improve performance but we are unable to confirm without further investigation.

The car is MOT exempt as it is over 40 years old and it will be licensed for twelve months from the date of sale for the new owner at no cost as the car qualifies for the Historic Taxation class.

The history file contains the current V5, the Heritage Certificate, a previous V5, a series of old MOT certificates and a number of invoices for work completed and parts purchased by the last owner. The current recorded mileage is 52637 although this is should be regarded as incorrect.

Prospective buyers are welcome to come and view the car in our Leeds showroom.

We can arrange delivery to anywhere in the UK or to any mainland port for export.

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