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  • Timeline of the Austin Healey Sprite

    The Austin Healey is one of the many British cars that we carry hundreds of parts for. Production on the Austin Healey began in 1952 and there were several different models, including the Sprite. Today's blog will feature the Sprite, a compact, open sports car, which was introduced in 1958.

    1958- Production began on the Sprite Mark I, a small car with "bugeye" headlights and a distinctive front style.There were 48,987 Mark Is made in 3 years.

    1961- Production on the Mark I ceased and began on the Mark II. The Mark II had the same size of engine as the Mark I, but offered more power and a drastically different body style. There were 31,665 Mark IIs made in a duration of 3 years.

    1964- The Mark II production came to an end and production began on the Mark III. The Mark III was slightly larger in size compared to the I and II and also boasted a larger engine (1098cc). There were 25,905 Mark IIIs made in 2 years.

    1966- Production on the Mark III ended and began on the Sprite Mark IV. The Mark IV was the longest produced of the Sprites (1965-1971) but had the least amount of models made, at 22,790. It was very similar in body style to the Mark III, but had a much larger engine of 1275cc.

    1971- The Healey connection was discontinued, leaving the last 1,022 models named the Austin Sprite. Production on the Sprite also ceased this year.

    See Also: Timeline of the Jaguar E-Type
    Timeline of the MG MGA
    Timeline of the Triumph Spitfire

  • Timeline of the Triumph Spitfire

    1971 Triumph Spitfire MkIV

    The Triumph Spitfire is a two-seater British car that was first introduced in 1962. There were five models of the Spitfire sold during the production run. Here is a timeline of the life of the Triumph Spitfire:

    1962- The expensive and small Triumph Spitfire 4 (Mark I) was introduced. The Mark I was a 4-speed manual with a 1.1 L engine. There were 45,5753 of the Mark I model produced.

    1964- Production on the Mark I came to an end.

    1965- Production on the Triumph Spitfire Mark II began. The Mark II was very similar to the Mark I, but it had a more highly tuned engine. There were 37,409 Mark IIs produced in 2 years.

    1967- Production came to an end on the Mark II and began on the Triumph Spitfire Mark III. The Mark III was quite a bit different from the Mark I and II. In addition to variations in the body style, it also boasted a larger engine (1.3L). 65,320 Mark III models were made.

    1970- The Triumph Spitfire Mark IV was introduced and production ceased on the Mark III. The Mark IV brought the most comprehensive redesign to the Spitfire, with changes to the front and the rear of the car. The base price of the Mark IV was £735 ($975.12). There were 70,021 Mark IV models produced.

    1974- Production came to an end on the Mark IV and began on the Triumph Spitfire 1500. The 1500 had a larger engine (1.5L) than the previous models of the Spitfire. It was also the heaviest of the Spitfire models, weighing in at 1,750 lbs.

    1981- Production came to an end on the 1500, ending all production of the Triumph Spitfire.

    We proudly carry over 500 parts for the Triumph Spitfire, which you can purchase right here on our website or by calling us at 503-864-2001!

  • Timeline of the MG MGA

    The MG MGA is a British made sports car that was in production from 1955 to 1962, when it was replaced by the MGB. The design of the MGA was innovative from that of the older vehicles and boasted an uncommon feature, no exterior door handles.

    Here is the timeline of the MG MGA:

    1951- Designs begin on the MGA.

    1955- The MGA is officially launched and production of the MGA 1500 begins. The 1500 was the largest produced model of the MGA, with 58,750 made.

    1958- Production begins on the MGA Twin Cam. The Twin Cam featured a 1.6L engine and a double overhead cam. It was built for high performance.

    1959- Production of the MGA 1500 ends and the MGA 1600 production begins. The MGA 1600 was the second largest produced model of the MGA, with 31,501 made. There was also a De-Luxe version of the 1600 which were made with leftover special wheels and four wheel disc brakes of the Twin-Cam.

    1960- Production of the Twin Cam and 1600 models ends and the 1600 Mark II is produced. The Mark II had a larger engine and a higher ration rear axle, designed for a more relaxed drive at high speeds. There was also a De-Luxe version of the 1600 Mark II, with 290 roadsters and 23 coupes produced.

    1962- Production of the MGA 1600 Mark II ends.

    The MGA also “starred” in a few movies, including Blue Hawaii, Animal House and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

    See Also: British Cars in the Movies, Timeline of the Jaguar-Type

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