Posts Tagged ‘spridget’

Rusty, Not Trusty – 1964 Innocenti S Spider

May 16, 2016

The Innocenti Spider is a great example of something the Italians did really well – put a fancy frock on a set of plain mechanicals. In this case, you get the greasy parts from a Mark 2 Sprite/Midget – a 1098cc A-series inline four cylinder and four speed transmission. In the 1950s and 1960s, Innocenti was best known for its Lambretta scooters and a bunch of rebadged BMC products, but this car can drop the names of some very influential people and companies in the Italian car business – it was designed by Tom Tjaarda for Ghia and built by OSI. The original Spider did not include the S in its model designation, featuring the 948cc engine of the bug/frogeye Sprite, while the S got the larger engine and front disc brakes. The car sold well in Italy, but couldn’t compete well in foreign markets due to price, and as demand waned, Innocenti transformed the car into a hardtop. But for today, we’ll have to be happy with a folding roof, or perhaps no roof at all – check out this 1964 Innocenti S Spider for sale for $2500 in Annandale, VA.

1964 Innocenti S Spider left rear


Back to Basics – 1964 Austin Healey Sprite

May 12, 2016

When your main work is with older cars that have things like dual overhead cams, fuel injection, limited slip differentials, and even a heater, it’s nice to fantasize about the simplicity of owning one of the most basic of sports cars. The Austin Healey/MG Spridget definitely qualifies for that category, particularly in its earlier Mark 2 iteration, with a simple 1098cc single carb overhead valve engine and optional equipment like heat and side windows. Let’s take a look at this 1964 Austin Healey Sprite for sale for $4000 in Los Gatos, CA.

1964 Austin Healey Sprite left front


Blow Me – Shorrock Supercharger and 1967 Austin Healey Sprite

May 9, 2014

From time to time, you can stumble on some cool old car parts in online listings. In the heady days of the post-war sports car movement, there were all kinds of parts available to help extract more power from your small-displacement, European-type sports car. Suppliers like EMPI, JC Whitney, and even the Donald Healey Motor Company competed for enthusiasts’ attention, selling bigger carburetors, mag wheels, and superchargers. That’s how we have parts such as this Shorrock C75B supercharger for sale for $3000 in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

1967 Austin Healey Sprite Shorrock C75B