The Loudest Bugeye Sprite in Vintage Racing?
Video from three races of my poor little 1959 Sprite that was wrongfully
accused of being "too loud" and cost me a 1st place finish at Blackhawk
Farms Raceway with the VSCDA. Take a listen and you be the judge. Warning:
I have been told this little 1275cc car is capable of deafening mere
Sprite and Midget Engine Identification
In this video we identify the various A-Series engines found in the Austin
Healey Sprite and MG Midgets through 1974. Below is listing of the various
Engine ID Prefixes and other associated information.
Factory Engine ID Prefixes:
9C - Austin Healey Sprite Mk I (Bugeye/Frogeye), 1958-1961, 948CC -
9CG - Austin Healey Sprite Mk II/MG Midget Mk I, 1961-1962, 948CC -
10CG - Austin Healey Sprite Mk II/MG Midget Mk I, 1962-1964, 1098CC -
MOWOG/"Engine" Green (1.75" Crankshaft main journal size)
10CC - Austin Healey Sprite Mk III/MG Midget Mk II, 1964-1966, 1098CC -
MOWOG/"Engine" Green (2.00" Crankshaft main journal size)
12CC - Austin Healey Sprite Mk IV/MG Midget Mk III, 1967, 1275CC -
MOWOG/"Engine" Green/possibly also the Light Green hammer finish (all "Thin
12CD/12CE (home market)/12CJ - Austin Healey Sprite Mk IV/MG Midget Mk III,
1968-1971, 1275CC - Light Green hammer finish - All emission
controlled/evaporative loss engines (except 12CE)
12V - MG Midget Mk III, 1971-1974, 1275CC - Black
Got a question about your engine? Email me at email@example.com.
Sprite and Midget Light Green Metallic Engine Paint:
Sprite and Midget MOWOG Green Engine Paint:
If you've got a Classic Mini Cooper, here's a very comprehensive list of
engine ID's from Mini Mania:
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Jeff Kiesel SCCA autocross in car video 3/1/09 El Toro
Jeff Kiesel EM KFR turbo Sprite at El
Toro 3/1/09. 1958 Bugeye Sprite built for solo2 E Modified class. The
motor is a turbo charged 13brew rotary
motor putting out 370 hp to the wheels. The car weighs 1810 pounds with
driver. This car has won 7 national championships (2009,2008(EML also
2008),2007,2002,2001,1997) and 3 pro solo championships (2009,2008,2007).
At this event it was Top PAX by over 1.3 sec out of over 240 entered. 74.4
sec run, also FTD even over the F125 shifter Karts.
1959 Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite, AZ Car, Full Restored, Part II of II: Driving Video, SOLD.wmv
For 26 years this Sprite has been owned in Arizona and underwent a full
body-off restoration. This Sprite is an eye catcher with its rare wire
wheels, beautiful red paint and tan interior, top, side curtains and
tonneau cover,. With only 280 miles covered since restoration, this
motorcar is ready to be shown at car shows and concours events as well as
toured through the countryside. While not a trailer-queen, this car would
do well at local car shows and is presented well enough for concours
events. Since the restoration was performed many years ago it will not be a
top contender at concours events.
This is a no expense spared fully restored Arizona Sprite. The car was
bought new in Arizona in March of 1959. In as a very nice accident and
rust free original example in about 1984 in Texas and immediately moved to
the dry climate of Arizona with its new owner. (See photos of the car in
the early 1980s prior to restoration)
From 1985 to 2010 it was in the loving and caring hands of one owner who
paid for its restoration. Upon acquisition he commenced an extensive
restoration which included every nut and bolt being removed and replaced.
See detailed photos and description at www.classicpromenade.com.
Austin Healey 3000 Rally car - Road test - HD - Great sound!
Austin Healey 3000 Rally Car
In the 1960's car manufacturers proved the durability of their products,
not by offering
7 year warranties, but by entering officially organised long distance, road
based driving competitions against rival manufacturers. These International
events called Rallies caught the imagination of the public and became
annual fixtures. Lasting for several days, over thousands of kilometres, on
rough roads and inhospitable environments, it was a good way to prove new
The British Motor Corporation (BMC) realised that the Austin Healey, in
particular the 3000 model, could be the basis for a winning car. They
developed it into a world beater and became very organised, employing the
best UK and controversially for the time, Scandinavian Drivers.
The most impressive victory, was the gruelling 1960 Liege-Rome-Liege won
by an all female crew, with Pat Moss (Stirling's sister) driving and Anne
The effort was truly heroic and the girls overcame hallucinations caused
by sleep deprivation, while still managing to drive flat out. At the time,
the very thought of the so called gentler sex, beating all the best male
drivers in the world was an unprecedented achievement and did much to
uplift the image of 'women drivers' everywhere.
The 2912cc works spec engine, typically runs triple 45DCOE Weber
carburetors, a 300 degree cam and a full race alloy head. Outputs are
typically between 200 and 300 bhp. The output varies with the compression
ratio and the choice of carburettor choke diameters, dependant on whether
you want low down grunt for rallying or top end for racing. This car is a
rally car and will accelerate to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds and can almost
The Achilles' Heel of the Big Healey, was cockpit heat (from the set back
engine) and a lack of ground clearance. This car has the works 'in door' or
'sill mounted' Exhaust to get the Exhaust pipes out from under the car..
The gearbox is a straight cut 4 speed, with overdrive (a sort of ratio
extender) on 3rd and 4th, giving 6 ratios. In this car, like the works
machines, the overdrive switch is ideally mounted on the gear lever.
Fuel consumption averages around 14mpg, dropping to around 7mpg when
pressing on. A long range 18 gallon works style fuel tank is therefore a
Modified Austin Healey Sprite
A movie of the test drive of my Austin Healey Sprite, with 2l turbocharged Fiat engine. Individual suspension
and a lot of carbon fibre.
For pictures of it finished and other information visit my website