Of all the reasons to not drive a car, none are very convincing. They usually go like this: fear of damaging the car, fear of the car damaging them, sheer forgetfulness, or a plan to hold it for future value. The thought of a greasy Hooters patron with a ponytail and white gloves pushing a British roadster around a humid stage in Arizona gives me the willies, so someone buy this before a collector does. Find this 1962 Austin Healey Sprite with just 7,613 miles for sale in Sacramento, CA for $7,750 via craigslist.
“It was commonly driven as a Sunday cruiser in the last 50 years and has been garage kept,” the seller says. Sunday driving over the last 50 years adds up to 2,600 opportunities to drive this car, allowing less than three miles per outing. That’s hardly enough time for the little OHV four-cylinder to warm up. Hey you, with the clipboard and speculum – make sure you check for carbon deposits.
In 1962, the old 948cc A-unit was replaced with a 1098cc stroker, a change resulting in a horsepower bump from 46 to 56. It’s hard to tell which version is under the orange hood. Tell the auction booklet copy editor to stop the press until we figure this out. Better yet, scrap the whole thing for another Cialis ad.
You owe it to yourself, to this car, and to roadster lovers around the world to rescue this MKII Sprite. An act of such altruism is its own reward; the 1,500-lb curb weight, four-speed manual transmission, and butt-on-the-ground driving experience are merely orange-hued icing on the cake. But please, try to put some more miles under this car’s wheels. Speaking of wheels, are those Minilites or Panasports? Are they period correct? Do they have a period-correct patina of Pepsi stains?
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