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1958 Austin-Healey Sprite 'Frogeye' Series I [ADO13]

1958 Austin-Healey Sprite [ADO13] in Classic & Sports Car Film Collection, Documentary, 1998

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1958 Austin-Healey Sprite 'Frogeye' Series I [ADO13]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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stronghold EN

2008-05-09 01:54

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garyfrogeye EN

2009-11-29 15:05

I thought that you may like to know that this car PBL 75 is still alive and well and back in the UK after decades in Australia

dsl SX

2017-03-25 02:51

Registration number: PBL 75
✓ Taxed Tax due: 01 June 2017
MOT Exempt
Vehicle make AUSTIN HEALEY
Date of first registration January 1958
Year of manufacture 1958
Cylinder capacity (cc) 948 cc
Fuel type PETROL
Export marker No
Vehicle status Tax not due
Vehicle colour WHITE

Seems PBL 75 (chassis AN5 507) was one of 2 LHD press demonstrators (with green PBL 74) registered 2 months before launch and has body no.4 and engine no.3. Lots of press/publicity photo use at the time; unclear when it switched to RHD as these pictures (from Pathe film - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHre536AHrk ) and current state, but seems fairly early in 1958??

dsl SX

2021-11-06 18:11

In the 1980s/1990s the Italian model firm of Exem produced a wide range of road and race/rally Frogeyes, including this dark green "Alexander" roadster with PBL 75 plates
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Alexander was a Buckinghamshire tuning garage who started souping up Morris Minors and then moved on to other BMC stuff, including Minis and Spridgets, the latter often with Sprinzel streamlined bonnets and hardtops. This roadster with tonneau cover, aeroscreen, side flash, bigger wheels and extra lights is therefore milder than some of their racers; the model also has red and dark blue versions, each of which can occur with several different plates. I can't find any trace of PBL 75 ever being Alexanderised or dark green as depicted, but can't exclude it having a brief phase like this. It's a nice model - fairly simple by today's standards, but charming and faithfully capturing an interesting and unusual variation.

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