The engine is an over-achieving 1098 cc inline-four that makes a whopping 56 horsepower. But don’t write it off, because the whole car weighs a fraction of today’s sports cars and there’s genuine joy to be found in driving a vintage sports car at speed, and horsepower isn’t even in the equation. It’s correctly finished with Austin Green paint on the block, twin SU carburetors, and lots of authentic details that are the epitome of British engineering It starts easily with a blat from the single tailpipe (the exhaust system is brand new) and while it won’t rev to 8000 RPM, it’s a pleasure to row the gears of the 4-speed manual and listen to the engine’s song. The suspension and brakes were also serviced, filling out an undercarriage that’s in good order and ready for another 50 years of fun. Relatively fat 165R13 radials on the original steel wheels provide surprising agility and a more finished look.

Price: Auction

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Location: Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States