The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small open sports car which was produced in the United Kingdom from to 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. When the Mk. II Sprite was introduced in it was joined by a badge-engineered MG version, the Midget , reviving a model name used by MG from the late s through to the mid s. Enthusiasts often refer to these later Sprites and Midgets collectively as "Spridgets. The Sprite quickly became affectionately known as the "frogeye" in the UK and the "bugeye" in the US, because its headlights were prominently mounted on top of the bonnet, inboard of the front wings.
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Available at all good newsagents including WHSmith. Spridget is the well worn nickname given to Austin-Healey Sprites and MG Midgets and is a compliment for these fun loving sportsters. For their money, few cars can touch a Spridget for raw fun while their simple mechanicals — based upon the Austin A35 and the Morris Minor — means no other sports classics are as cheap or simple to maintain. As a sort of cut price Caterham well, why not? The Austin A35 provided the platform albeit with better Morris Minor rack and pinion steering. But saw the ruination of this great little sports car when rubber bumpers were grafted on, again for US crash legislation reasons, plus the ride height was also increased for the same reason.
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The first version, announced at the end of June ,  was essentially a slightly more expensive badge-engineered version of the MkII Austin-Healey Sprite deluxe version. The original 'frogeye' Sprite had been introduced specifically to fill the gap in the market left by the end of production of the MG T-type Midget as its replacement, the MGA had been a significantly larger and more expensive car with greater performance. Many existing MG buyers turned to the Sprite to provide a modern low-cost sports car and so a badge-engineered MG version reusing the Midget name made sense. The new Midget differed from the Sprite only in grille design, badging, improved interior trim, better instruments and added external polished trim to justify its higher price. Mechanically the car was identical to its Austin-Healey counterpart, retaining the rear suspension using quarter-elliptic leaf springs and trailing arms from the 'frogeye'.
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