Austin Healey Sprite 1958-61
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Austin Healey Sprite 948cc 1958-61 specifications
Cylinders: 4
Bore: 62.9mm
Stroke: 76.2mm
Displacement: 948cc
Valves: pushrod/overhead
Cylinder Head: cast iron
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Carburettors: Twin SU HS2
Power output: 43 bhp at 5200rpm

Maximum speed: 84mph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph 20.5secs
Overall fuel consumption: 37mpg

Clutch: 8 in Borg and Beck,
single dry-plate diaphragm
Gearbox: 4-speed, synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd & top only
Ratios Top 1.0 Third 1.36
Second 1.91 First 3.20
Reverse 4.11
Final drive ratio 4.22 : 1

Rack and pinion,
2.75 turns lock to lock
Turning circle: 32 ft 9in(between walls) 31ft 11in(between kerbs)

Front: Independent, coil spring, wishbone Suspension
Rear: Quarter elliptic, cantilever leaf

Wheels & tyres
4 stud ventilated 13in disc
135 x 13in cross ply tyres
Body Construction
Integral with steel body

Front: 7in x 1.25in drum
Rear: 7in x 1.25in drum

Dimensions & Weight
Wheelbase: 6ft 6.6in
Track - front: 3ft 11in
Track - rear: 3ft 8in
Overall length: 11ft 9in
Overall width: 4ft 6.8in
Overall height: 4ft .5in
Ground clearance: 5in
Kerb weight: 13.75cwt
Weight distribution: F 53%, R47.3%
Fuel tank: 6 Imp gallons

Colour Schemes
Speedwell Blue/blue int.
Pale Primrose Yellow/black int.
Dark Green/green int.
Cherry Red/red int.
Old English White/red or black int.
Leaf Green/green int.
Iris Blue/blue int.
Nevada Beige/red int.
All hoods: black

1958 -1961: 48,987