Sprite Mark IV
1966 - 1969
purposes the Austin-Healey Sprite Mark IV represents the final development of
the line. This model was a true convertible, meaning that it had roll-up windows
and a permanently attached folding top. It was still the same handsome car as
its Mark III predecessor, but now with a 1275 cc engine that produced 65 hp. 20,357
examples were produced.
And again, like the Sprite Mark
II and Sprite Mark III, the Sprite IV had an MG Midget counterpart, in this case
the MG Midget Mark III. And once again, the differences were few and largely unimportant.
just like all of their predecessors, many Sprite Mark IV models have been used
- hard - in club racing over the years, and consequently have been extensively
modified and often significantly damaged and repaired, sometimes repeatedly. Therefore,
with the relatively high number of Mark IV Sprites produced, hold out for a good
one, and avoid cars with a race history.
Still a great fun-to-expense ratio, and still easy to maintain. Everyone loves
them. Still a large and vital spare parts and aftermarket support base in place.
Available for less money than a Bugeye, while delivering largely the same great
driving experience and with more power. Good weather protection (although nobody
Downside: Perhaps too cramped for
taller drivers and passengers. Often mistaken for an MG Midget, if that bothers
Bottom line: For practical purposes, the
highest development of the Austin-Healey Sprite. Can't go wrong.