The Austin Sprite AAN10 Register
Tracing the 1,022 Austin Sprites
The Austin Sprite is – in all but name an Austin-Healey Sprite MkIV. These were launched in October 1966 with its MG doppelgänger, the Midget MkIII.
The cars were powered by a redesigned version of the 1,275-cc A-series four introduced in the Mini Cooper in 1964, providing 10 fewer horsepower than the Cooper’s 75, but with greater reliability.
But by the end of 1970, with the expiration of the 20-year agreement with Donald Healey approaching, it was decided to end Healey’s meager royalty payments.
Rather than simply taking the Sprite out of production, BL did a curious thing: It rebranded the car as simply an ‘Austin’.
Only 1,022 of these Austin Sprites rolled off the assembly line between January 27 and July 6 of 1971. Aside from the badging, they had only one small difference from their Austin-Healey predecessors: Their commission numbers began with AAN, rather than HAN.
The Austin-Healey Sprite had been withdrawn from export markets in 1968-1969, and the Austin Sprite was to be sold only in the U.K., too.
Credit for this Excerpt goes to Daniel Strohl. Read the full article here
The aim of this website is to document as many of these rare vehicles as possible; from their beginnings at the factory to their whereabouts today – or their ultimate fate.
Since 2018 we have located the following vehicles. If you don’t see your vehicle, do please get in touch!
We have an active Facebook group of owners past and present. If you are the owner of an AAN10 Sprite it would be great to hear from you. The group is called “Austin Sprite AAN10 Register”, the direct link is:
Please note: While we hold other details for some vehicles on file, such as possible owner, these will not be published online.
|Registration||Chassis Number||Engine Number||Colour|
|JRK836K||AAN10 87787 G||Teal blue|
|REY 791K||4DA 87207 (!?)||White|
|GLO 411J||AAN 10 87200 G||White|
|CAA207K||AAN10 87193 G||bronze yellow|
|GBB534K||AAN10 8***8 G||RED ( orig blue)|
|AOX 80K||AAN 10869869||Green|
|VOP 436J||POSSIBLE||White / Green|
|FTF 243J||AAN101086813C||12CEDAH15311 (not believed to be original)||Blaze Red|
|BOE 94K||Black (reg Blue)|
|XMB 636J||AAN10 87529||Red|