Austin Healey Sprite
Frogeye Sprite TyresThe MK1 Austin Healey Sprite, lovingly known as the Frog Eye Sprite or Bugeye Sprite Originally fitted crossply 520-13 tyres.
- We recommend that currently the best tyre for a Frogeye Sprite is the classic radial tyre 145R13 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67
- Many of these little Bugeye cars have been fitted with oversized wheels, in which case 175/70VR13 Pirelli CN36 will handle better than any modern tyre
- The ideal tyre pressure for a Frog Eye Sprite is 25psi front and rear with radial tyres
- The MK1 Austin Healey Sprite originally ran a 520x13 cross ply tyre
Austin Healey Sprite Tyres
The Austin Healey Sprite MK2, MK3 & MK4 fitted 5.20X13 Crossply tyres
The best tyre for an Austin Healey Spridget would be a 145R13 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67
Again if wider tyres are fitted Pirelli’s 175/70VR13 CN36 will handle better than any other oversized tyre
Recommended tyre pressure for Austin Healey Sprite is 24psi front & 26psi rear
Currently there is not a 520X13 crossply tyre that we would suggest was suitable for the Sporty little Frog Eye Sprite or the later Spridget, so we would recommend fitting a 145R13 radial. For most people a radial tyre is more suited to our modern roads. The PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 is the only genuine period radial tyre in the right size and the sporty little Austin Healey Sprite cars will benefit from fitting a tyre with a carcass designed to suit sports cars of this period.
When upping the size of your tyre we strongly recommend the 175/70VR13 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36. Although this is an easily available size from budget tyre manufacturers the CN36 is different because it is a low profile tyre designed to complement earlier chassis designs that originally had fitted thinner tyres, like a Bug Eye Sprite, and therefore far better than a modern tyre developed to be fitted to a very different kind of car and it is a PIRELLI CINTURATO ™.
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Austin Healey Sprite History
The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small open sports car which was announced to the press in Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation on 20th May 1958, just before that year's Monaco Grand Prix. It was intended to be a low-cost model that "a chap could keep in his bike shed", yet be the successor to the sporting versions of the pre-war Austin Seven. The Sprite was designed by the Donald Healey Motor Company, which received a royalty payment from the manufacturers BMC. It first went on sale at a price of £669, using a mildly tuned version of the Austin A-Series engine and as many other components from existing cars as possible to keep costs down.