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AUSTIN HEALEY CARS AND SPARES AUCTION NORWICH ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 12TH

As an Austin Healey enthusiast myself I was interested to learn of a forthcoming auction of many Austin Healey cars and spares which will take place in Norwich, England on the 12th September 1999.

There are a number of Austin Healeys and a "Mountain" of new and used spares for most models, Sprites, 100/4s 100/6s and 3000 Series. The spares include Weber carbs., crankshafts, differentials, engines and wheels plus many racing items.

ALL CARS AND SPARES ARE TO BE AUCTIONED WITHOUT RESERVE.

The auction is the sale of the collection of vehicles and parts belonging to the late Tony Elshof who was a leading restorer, competitor and a former Competitions Secretary of the Austin Healey Club in the UK.

I will quote from a part of the Auction Catalogue below.

" Healeys on offer will include:

1969 ex-works Austin Healey Sebring Sprite Mk 1. One of 6 lightweight coupes to have been hand-built in aluminium by coachbuilders Williams and Pritchard and one of the celebrated Sprites to have carried John Sprinzel's famous registration 'PMO 200'. Thought to have been driven by Sprinzel, the leading Sprite driver of the early 1960's, in the 1960 Liege-Rome-Liege and RAC rally of that year, when the combination finished second overall, and subsequently believed to have been raced by the Australian sportscar recer Paul Hawkins in 1961, the car was one of the 'BMC Team' entry to the Monte Carlo Rally when it was crewed by Sprinzel and Christabel Carlisle. Mini racing driver and rollover bar manufacturer John Aley aquired the car in 1963 when it was re-registered '248 DXN', the plate and V5 registration form confirms this registration today. (The car has suffered some damage owing to a roof collapse, but a correct for type XSP engine and gearbox is included with this Lot and the car does offer the marque enthusiast a rare and affordable opportunity to aquire a genuine lightweight Sebring Sprite with provenance authenticated by original correspondence from John Sprinzel and Philip Young.

1959 Austin Healey 3000 Mk1.supplied by the Abingdon Factory Competition Department for racing to BMC works driver, the late John Gott. Raced from 1959 to 1986, when it was last driven competitively at Montlehery by John Curtis. During 27 years of competition, this 3000 with aluiminium panels evolved into its current Modsport racer-specification, which includes widened wings and huge JA Pearce Magna alloy wheels. Despite storm damage to one front wing, scuttle and apron, this is a project that does provide the BIg Healey fan with a rare chance to become the owner of a Race Car with driver providence at modest cost.

The 'Mars Prototype': A Sprite with an MGA 1622cc engine, with streamlined front and hard top, once a market-testing creation by Donald Healey, which has been re-built on a Mk .3 Sprite floorpan, though is offered with original engine in place, authenticating paperwork and original Healey Motor Company of Warwick registration '252 GNX'.

1954 BN1 100 which has been faithfully converted into 100S specification including aluminium bodywork with correct-for-model crossflow cylinder head engine in place, and genuine 100S brakes and instruments fitted. POSSIBLY THE BEST 'AUTHENTIC' REPLICA IN EXISTANCE.

1953 Alvis-Healey roadster, one of only 25 manufactured, 81000 miles since new and thought only likely to require minor re-commissioning before taking to the road again.

1958 100/6 with 3000 engine, a former well known Club Racer, though in the project category today, which nonetheless forms a good budget-price basis for a big Healey weekend competition car.

A rare Innocenti-built spider variant of the Sprite, converted to RHD by a director of Lambretta and offered complete with original logbook and current V5 registration document confirming the '946 EBB' registration.

1959 Sprite Mk.1, one of SEVERAL Frogeye Sprites in various states of repair. This one is supercharged, has been dry-stored and has paperwork.

A lightweight Healey 3000, incomplete and in component form.

APPROXIMATELY 20 OTHER SPRITES AND MIDGETS.

A MOUNTAIN OF SPARES FOR MOST AUSTIN HEALEY MODELS WITH WEBERS, CRANKSHAFTS, DIFFERENTIALS, ENGINES AND WHEELS PLUS MANY RACING ITEMS.

If you are a SPRITE or BIG HEALEY enthusiast, this sale offers you a unique buying opportunity.

Everything is offered without any reserve at all! can YOU afford NOT to look into this sale more carefully? "

For more information you can contact Mr. Robert Smedley, of RTS Auctions on (UK) 01603 418200, or (UK Mobile 07801 459287), or by fax 01603 418041. There is a catalogue available at 4.50 plus postage.

Their address is: RTS Auctions, Unit 1, Alston Road, Hellesdon Park Industrial Estate, Norwich NR6 5DS, England, UK.

RTS tell me that they can arrange for postage or shipping from a UK port should anyone require it.

I personally know RTS to be a long-established and very reputable Company in the UK and I have no hesitation at all in recommending their services to anyone.

Toadhall August 1999 <toadhall@tesco.net>

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