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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    I received an email this morning that two Innocenti Sprites are for sale on ebay. I've seen an Innocenti Mini before but not a Sprite. I have no relationship to the seller, who appears to be a charity.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/142497791858

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/142497778698
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Instrument panel is very pretty, Italianesque. Car is covered well in the "Original Sprite and Midget" by Terry Horler.

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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Yep, I know a few forum members that own them too. I've supplied 5 speed conversions for two of them. "Abarth" Mark, on this forum, owns a very rare coupe. They are quite rare to see in person, but there used to be several that would show up for the Palo Also all British Meet when it still existed.
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    the two auctions are the same car as far as i can tell

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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Nope, two different cars. One is white with not drivetrain; the other one is brown, with a hardtop and complete drivetrain.

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    the two auctions are the same car as far as i can tell
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Very pretty little cars, but anyone interested in buying one needs to do their homework. Some of the parts, like trim, medallions, and taillights are unobtainium.
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Mark's is a lovely car - have been trying to get a pic - the 5 speed was ummm snug to install but, it is a gorgeous car!
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Here's one I saw at a GOF in Florida earlier this year. Was very nice, but they wouldn't let it onto the show field since it wasn't British, or maybe wasn't MG. Not sure of the politics, but I think it belonged to one of the local club guys who drove it.IMG_3644.jpgIMG_3643.jpg

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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Buy both of them, and you'll have a full set of tail lights!

    Seriously, I've come soooooooo close to buying one of these in the past. I think an Italian take on the Spridget is such a cool idea.

    And (again) seriously, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get both of them, and restore one with the best parts from both. Then, part out whatever is left over. I doubt that both are restorable, given the limitations in finding certain pieces.
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    See attached letter. Crazy for not letting the car in .
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Absurd...

    Quote Originally Posted by 1974MGMidget View Post

    ... but they wouldn't let it onto the show field since it wasn't British, or maybe wasn't MG.

    IMG_3644.jpgIMG_3643.jpg
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    They made about 7000 spiders and only 800 of the coupes . The green coupe and my white one are the only two in North America .
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Quote Originally Posted by abarth69 View Post
    They made about 7000 spiders and only 800 of the coupes . The green coupe and my white one are the only two in North America .
    Cheers

    Mark
    post a pic of yours Mark
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    What's not to like? Italian looks with British guts.

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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    i was thinking Italian rust and Lucas Electrics........
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Ouch!
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Sorry no Lucas to speak of in these cars or Smiths .
    Rust Yes
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    Re: Anyone heard of an Innocenti Sprite?

    Local guy has several including one that did the Panamerica....something...rally back in the day. As Rick mentioned Brit parts are available while the Italian...not so much.

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