Well, technically the Austin-Healey Sprite was first. That car rolled out of the MG factory a few years before the badge-engineered Midget debuted. But the Midget was in production for far longer —80, compared to —71 for the Sprite. And since the death of the British sports car at the end of the s, the MG Midget remains one of the two least expensive the Triumph Spitfire being the other points of entry into that segment of the classic market. Prices have inched up a bit, but value trends show them staying steady for the foreseeable future.
Parts catalogue for Sprite and Midget - SC Parts Group Ltd
The Austin-Healey Sprite was the restyled successor to the Mark I "bug-eye" Sprite, with a squared-up nose and tail grafted onto the original main body section. The car retained the diminutive inch-wheelbase chassis and suspension of its predecessor, though rear springing was changed from quarter- to half-elliptics beginning in spring Also at that time, BMC changed from sliding sidescreens to proper wind-up windows for the doors. The lift-up nose section and lidless tail on early models gave way to a conventional hood and opening trunklid. Engines progressed through several displacements, but all were based on BMC's rugged A-series four-cylinder unit that had been around since the war. Trim and equipment were gradually upgraded over the years.
The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small open sports car which was produced in the United Kingdom from to It was intended to be a low-cost model that "a chap could keep in his bike shed", yet be the successor to the sporting versions of the pre-war Austin Seven. When the Mk.