Austin-Healey Sprite

The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small open sports car that was announced to the press in Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) on 20 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.
The Sprite was made at the MG sports car factory at Abingdon and it was inevitable that the success of the design would spawn an MG version known as the Midget, reviving a popular pre-war model name. Enthusiasts often refer to Sprites and MG Midgets collectively as “Spridgets.”

The little 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. The car’s designers had intended that the headlights could be retracted, with the lenses facing skyward when not in use; But cost cutting by BMC led to the flip-up mechanism being deleted, therefore the headlights were simply fixed in a permanently upright position, giving the car its most distinctive feature. The body was styled by Gerry Coker, with subsequent alterations by Les Ireland following Coker’s emigration to the US in 1957.

Porsche Speedster 1957

Beautiful as it is, the streamlined grace of the 356 wasn’t a product of conscious aesthetic design.
Porsche’s team was fanatical about aerodynamics, continually massaging the shape and validating theories by observing wool tufts taped to the body. It’s the car that started it all.
With a rear-mounted engine and timeless lines, the 356 has the hallmarks of a 911 with even more historical significance.

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Cambridge Collision & Autobody Repair is a family owned and operated business with the main objective of customer satisfaction.
Meticulous about what we do, usually more than the owner himself, we are not a production shop and we take pride in what we do.
We have a vast experience in a very wide variety of high end vehicles such as BMW, Mercedes, Range Rover, Audi, Porsche, Jaguar, Lexus, Infinity, etc.
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