Why Hire an Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite?

Quirky, fun days out with lots of admiring onlookers. That’s what awaits you with an Austin Healey hire. And, with its smiley face, there’s no sports car that looks happier than the Frogeye Sprite. Our Sprite for hire in Yorkshire is bright blue with a black interior and black hood. It has a manual gearbox and minilite wheels.

Hire the Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite for a special occasion or just treat yourself. A classic car hire gift voucher makes a terrific surprise birthday or Christmas present. Or hire this lovable two seater sports car for a unique self-drive wedding car or prom car.

Pick up point for the Frogeye Sprite is Keighley

Experience driving an Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite

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Austin Healey frogeye sprite. Rent this car to tour the Dales
Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite outside a grand Yorkshire house
Austin Healey Sprite interior

Pick up point for the Frogeye Sprite is Keighley

Hire our Frogeye Sprite from £118 to £185 per day

Austin Healey hire – Frogeye Sprite

The Frogeye (or Mark I) Austin Healey Sprite was produced from 1958 to 1971. Our Frogeye is a 1976 version – strange but true. The explanation is that an MG labelled version of the Sprite called the MG Midget, slightly more expensive and slightly more upmarket than the Sprite itself – it even had external door handles! – was produced until 1979, becoming known as “Spridgets”.

Our Austin Healey Hire car is actually a 1976 MG Midget rebuilt in 2010/2011 with a replica Frogeye Sprite body upgraded to include external door handles and proper wind-up windows instead of removable perspex side screens. Other improvements are the addition of a heater, a more powerful (1500cc) engine, disc brakes on the front wheels, an electric windscreen washer, upgraded suspension and Austin Healey 3000 seats.

The headlamps were intended by the original designers, Gerry Coker and Les Ireland, to fold flat into the bonnet but a reliable way of doing this was found to be so expensive that the idea was dropped. The iconic Frogeye headlamps were the happy result which, along with the cheeky radiator grille, bring smiles to the faces of those who use this lovely little 2 seater as well as of passers-by.

 

History of the Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite

The Frogeye (or Mark I) Austin-Healey Sprite was produced for only three years, from 1958 to 1961. It was made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) which had been formed in 1952 on the merger of the Austin Motor Company and Morris Motors, which itself owned MG, Riley and Wolseley.

BMC capitalised on the name of the much more powerful and highly successful Austin-Healey sports car designed by Donald Healey, late examples of which now sell for well over £50,000, also manufactured by them. The big Healey’s baby brother, the Frogeye Sprite, can be thought of as the 1950’s working man’s sports car, pretty well a 2 seater version of the Morris Minor with which it shared various parts, including the same rack and pinion steering system and the same 948cc engine. When first produced it cost just £455 plus tax!

The Frogeye was replaced by a rather dull Mark II version in 1961, itself replaced by equally dull Mark III and then Mark IV versions in 1964 and 1996 respectively. Production finally ended in 1971. Only the Mark I version, known as the “Bugeye” in America, had the “Frogeye” headlights built into the bonnet which help make the car so popular now. The later Mark II, III and IV versions had conventional placed headlights built into the front wings.

Compared to a modern car the performance of the original Mark I Sprite can only be described as very slow. According to a 1958 Road Test it took over 20 seconds to get to 60 mph – and that’s for what was called a sports car! But maybe that seemed quite fast then – the original Morris Minor first went on sale only 10 years before the Frogeye and took over 50 seconds to get from 0-60 (about as fast as it would go).

Our car has a 1500cc engine. While by modern standards no-one could call it fast, it will do 0-60 in around 15 seconds and can cruise all day at that speed or a bit more.

Have tremendous fun with an Austin Healey hire (or MG Midget hire, depending how you look at it) in Yorkshire. Our ‘Spridget’ gives you best of both.

Specifications

Technical

Engine

Triumph 1500cc four cylinder engine

Top Speed

Top speed about 90mph – 0-60 in 15.0 secs.

Power (BHP)

Approximately 71bhp at 5,500 rpm and 82 lb ft of torque at 3,000 rpm

MPG

Approx 25 mpg

Gearbox

Four speed manual gearbox

Brakes

Disc brakes on the front, drums on the rear

Functional

Type

2 door, 2 seater soft top

Luggage Space

No boot, but there is space behind the seats for a small bag.

Colour

Bight blue with black interior and black hood

Weather Protection

Manual hood

Sat Nav

Socket for sat nav.

Hire an Austin Healey Sprite as a gift

Gift vouchers available for that special person in your life.

Prices – Select the option that suits you best

No single price suits everyone, so Classic Car Hire North gives you a choice of packages

All Day Hire

09:00 – 20:00

£160

Additional days £120 per day

Prices include 200 miles per day

The All Day option is ideal for those who want a tour of the Dales, Moors or even the Lake District.  The generous mileage limit of 200 miles will even get you to and from the East coast.  The majority of people do around 170 miles when they hire a car for 1 day, and don’t incur excess mileage charges.

24 Hour Hire

Return within 24 hours

£185

Additional days £120 per day

Prices include 200 miles per day

The 24 hour option is evening to evening and suits those who are planning an overnight stay.

Weekend Package

Saturday 09:00 to Sunday 20:00

£255

Price includes 300 miles

The weekend option lets you take a relaxing weekend, with enough miles included to stay in either the Lake District, or the Yorkshire coast.

2 Day Mid Week Package

Tuesday 09:00 to Wednesday 20:00

or

Wednesday 9:00 to Thursday 20:00

£235

Price includes 300 miles

The 2 day midweek option provides a lower price for those who have time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays for a leisurely 2 day break.

Proms Package

Available Monday to Thursday

Evening to following morning

£100

Price includes 100 miles

This package is tailor made for proms. As long as you are not going too far,  this package should suit you perfectly. You can collect the car on the evening of the prom and return it the morning after.

Wedding Package

40 hours hire

£195

Price includes 150 miles

This package is tailor made for weddings making it easy to pick the car up and drop it off without interfering with your big day.  Collect the car the evening before the wedding (17:00 – 20:00), use it all day on your wedding day and then return it the  morning after the wedding (09:00 – 10:30).

Extras

All prices include insurance for 1 driver

Additional drivers £20 per day per driver

Picnic for 2 can be added at £35

Excess mileage charge £0.75 per mile

Security deposit £750

The security deposit is not taken until you pick the car up, and is done as a pre-authorisation on your card. This means that no money is actually taken, it just authorises us to take up to that amount in the unlikely event that the car is damaged during your hire.

Driver Insurance Requirements

Driver minimum age 25, maximum age 75

In general, drivers need to have had:

  • a full licence for 2 years or more
  • no more than 6 penalty points on their licence
  • no more than 1 claim in the past three years
  • no mental or physical problems which affect their ability to drive

If you have any queries please contact us.

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