F40 Motorsports is proud to offer this 1969 Austin Healey Sprite MK IV.1969 Austin Healey Sprite MKIV
VIN # HAN9U77752G
Engine # 12CD-DA-H/9105
Body # 4875
LHD, North American Export
Date Built: 28 October 1968
Date Dispatch: 17 January 1969
Original color: Snowberry White
It is the original body shell (see stamped Vin number on the passenger floor).
From what I gathered; the car was painted yellow in the mid to late seventies with the MG Yellow of the day.
I have no maintenance records from January 1969 until June 16, 1976. At which time the car had 66,990 original miles.
However, is appears that the California Blue License Plate 881 RFG is the one form the original owner.
At 67,519miles, a Wood Veneer was installed on the dashboard, which is no longer with the car.
At 68,666miles, the right front fender was replaced and repainted due to a front-end body “work” (cost $160). At that time under coat was sprayed under all wheel wells.
At 68,488miles, a new convertible top was installed (cost $69.95+tax).
At 69,500mile was the last US record of maintenance.
Until 1988 the car remained with Mark Antoni apparently with the plate KHP 365 registered with the Department of Defense at the Miramar San Diego Base. It is believed that the car was already yellow when Mark Antoni bought it (paper tag).
On December 10, 1988, Cee J. Bark of Bemmster, The Netherland, was interested in the car. He had it shipped to the Netherland in January 1990.
On May 10, 1992, the car showed 26,971miles, or more realistically 126,971miles.
Cee and is wife drove the car throughout Europe, always maintaining it (record book and logbook). It participated in the European Healey Meeting in Luxemburg in 1999. Cee designed the logo and the book for the meeting. The yellow Rally Plate is signed by Margo Healey, Donald Healey Daughter in Law.
My wife bought the car for me in March 2014 for my Birthday. It had 55,367miles, but in reality, 155,367miles. We drove it from Holland down to Switzerland, where we were living at the time, through Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany.
In the binder there are records of maintenance from Cee J. Bark and mine. It includes import documents into Switzerland in June 2014, and into the US when we relocated to CT in October 2017. The car is registered in CT.
Some documents, besides import papers, since I owned it included invoices for the rebuilt engine and transmission, dashboard gages, bid blasting and paint of the engine compartment, gearbox main shaft rebuild, and various inspection report (Dutch and Swiss).
Original engine was rebuilt bored over to .060. It makes the 1275cc engine, a 1345cc engine.
Clutch cylinder I believed remained with Silicone fluid, while brake fluid was converted back to DOT4.
Electronic ignition CSI with system converted form generator to alternator. Coil replaced to match ignition system.
Get the car ready for Swiss inspection, Customs Duty and Registration: 10,790 CHF
CSI and various components: 2,056 CHF
Engine compartment bid blasting, engine and gearbox removal, and epoxy primer and paint: 9,700 CHF
All dashboard gages restored with bezels to 1969 US specification: 1,225 CHF
Gearbox main shaft rebuild: 714 Pound Sterling
Rebuild of the engine and gearbox: 41,588CHF
Other parts were checked or rebuilt (brakes, suspension)
New Michelin tires: 450 CHF
Total without the price of the car (it is about 1 to 1 for CHF-$): 66,523 CHF
The car comes with tonneau cover, top cover, restored original jack set, car cover, CA blue license plate 881 RFG, Dutch original plates DE-31-85, and various parts including a restored original steering wheel.