[Healeys] Austin-Healey Sprite on EBay -

Jean Caron vintage_roadster_restoration at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 26 10:38:18 MDT 2016

Thanks Steven, glad I could help, it just so happened that this was a local car and I just wish it would have been in better condition, it certainly was a good runner but there were definitely some issues that would have appeared fairly soon.


From: Steven Kingsbury <airtightproductions at icloud.com>
Sent: August 26, 2016 3:36 PM
To: Jean Caron
Cc: AH Mail List
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Austin-Healey Sprite on EBay -

Even though I am not planning on buying this car, I wanted to say thank you for your report. It's really nice to see what this community will do for one another and then go all the way to provide an unsolicited write up about the status of a vehicle. I'd say that's going above and beyond. So again, thank you for what you've done here. I wanted you to know that it is truly appreciated.
Steven Kingsbury
BN1 #598

On Aug 26, 2016, at 05:44 AM, Jean Caron <vintage_roadster_restoration at hotmail.com> wrote:

I had the opportunity, last night, to view the 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite, white in colour for sale on EBay that is located in Winnipeg.

The owner is a friendly guy that is not trying to hide anything about the car. He was forthcoming about the shortcomings of the car and while the photos on EBay look pretty decent, there are areas where issues would surface rather quickly.

He told me that a previous owner attach a homemade floor on the driver side, over the original one that would be the portion in front of the outer crossmember. He said that this floor portion is "soft" read rusty.

The outer sills have not been replaced, just patched so likely a fair amount of rust is covered by paint right now. I noted on the inner fenders and inside the bonnet a tar like substance that appears to have been painted over, not sure why this would not have been sanded and then these areas painted and I did not ask why, to me it was obvious that this was either done quickly to sell the vehicle or a poor amateur job. The turnbuckles that would hold the top just behind the doors are missing on both sides, a small item but why would one not purchase something like that. Same goes for small rubber items in the engine compartment that have simply not be replaced when removed.

It was getting dark when I looked at the car although the lights of the parking lot revealed that the paint applied was pretty patchy, the owner claimed that it needed a good polish but I feel that the paint job was done in a backyard.

The car ran fine but the owner said it is burning oil, so a rebuilt would not be too far off. He also said that he has a 1275cc engine that will be offered for purchase to whoever wants to buy the car.

I am of the opinion that, although I did a very preliminary overall check on this car, while it looks like a decent deal when just looking at the photos, I believe that it hides a fair amount of rust and that whoever is considering purchasing this car would be prudent to really investigate it further before spending the money asked.


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