Austin Healey Sprite - The Complete Story

Malcolm Thorne
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.
Austin Healey Sprite - The Complete Story by Malcolm Thorne

About the author

Malcolm Thorne is an automotive writer and photographer, specializing in classic cars. A former librarian at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, in more recent times he worked as deputy editor of Classic & Sports Car magazine and was a finalist in the Newspress awards for automotive journalists in 2018, as well as the Guild of Motoring Writers’ annual awards in 2017. 

Press Reviews

Entries in Crowood's Complete Story series generally deliver what they promise - comprehensive, well-researched and extensively illustrated histories of particular models or marques. This latest work by Malcolm Thorne is no exception and focuses on the ever-popular Austin-Healey Sprite, from the 'Frogeye' through to the solely Austin-badged runout models of 1971.

- Richard Gunn, Classic Car Weekly

Excelling on breadth and depth, this publication, remarkably, even has something to offer even seasoned Sprite fans.

- Charlie Calderwood, Classic and Sports Car Magazine