BIRMINGHAM, UK- A hopeful new automaker plans to revive the classic car name Healey at the Bimingham auto show in October
The Healey Sprite Motor Co. is launching its modern Healey Sprite more than a quarter century after the Austin Healey Sprite went out of production.
The new Sprite will have a glass-fiber body in the shape of the original, riding on a stainless steel chassis. 'We are using Ford parts and a Mondeo engine,' said Adam Bevan, the technical engineer.
The original Sprite was built by the forerunners of the Rover group.
'We only own the Austin Healey name,' said a Rover spokesman, 'not the Healey Sprite.'
'We didn't talk to Rover about using the name,' said Bevan. 'We just registered it.'
The new Frog-eye will do 0-100kph in around seven seconds, with a top speed of 190kph. The Healey Sprite Motor Co. plans to build the cars by hand at a rate of one car a week.
The price is expected to be around $23,000.