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Lot 178
1967 Austin-Healey Arkley SS
1967 Austin-Healey Arkley SS
IMG_7511 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7515 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7518 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7520 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7522 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7524 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7526 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7528 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7529 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7531 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7532 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7533 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7534 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7536 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7537 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7538 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7539 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7540 1967 AH Arkley SS IMG_7541 1967 AH Arkley SS


Lot Number: 178
Result inc Premium: £5,400
  • V5 Present
  • MoT Exempt
  • Chassis number: HAN965108
If you're wondering what an Arkley SS is, you're probably not alone. This little‑known conversion for MG Midgets or Austin‑Healey Sprites was designed by British racing driver John Britten in 1969 as glassfibre front‑ and rear‑end replacement body sections, intended to be reminiscent of a Morgan. When initially offered, the Arkley conversion allowed rusty 'Spridgets' to be given an extra lease of life thanks to the fitment of the glassfibre panelling manufactured by the Lenham Motor Company in Kent. The lighter bodywork also improved performance over the original cars. Production of the kits continued until 1995. Around 900 Arkley SS conversions were sold, albeit without all of them necessarily being built up, especially when original Midgets and Sprites started to become more valuable as classics.

This example, with an interesting number plate, has a 1275cc Austin‑Healey Sprite as its basis, registered in March 1967. The odometer shows 30,702 miles and 13 former registered keepers are recorded on the V5C.  

Included in the history folder are the present and some previous V5Cs, the last MoT certificate from 2018 (which expired in May 2019; the vehicle is now exempt) plus ones from 2003 to 2014.  There are also assorted tax discs and various invoices for work carried out over a number of years, with more recent jobs being a new oil/water gauge fitted in 2020, and a new battery plus some carburettor work during 2018. A spare set of keys (with what must be a rare Arkley SS keyring) is included.

While the car's body has some age and wear marking and paint imperfections, this Arkley SS seems solid and usable overall.
If you're wondering what an Arkley SS is, you're probably not alone. This little-known conversion for MG Midgets or Austin-Healey Sprites was designed by British racing driver John Britten in 1969 as glassfibre front- and rear-end replacement body sections, intended to be reminiscent of a Morgan. When initially offered, the Arkley conversion allowed rusty 'Spridgets' to be given an extra lease of life thanks to the fitment of the glassfibre panelling manufactured by the Lenham Motor Company in Kent. The lighter bodywork also improved performance over the original cars. Production of the kits continued until 1995. Around 900 Arkley SS conversions were sold, albeit without all of them necessarily being built up, especially when original Midgets and Sprites started to become more valuable as classics. This example, with an interesting number plate, has a 1275cc Austin-Healey Sprite as its basis, registered in March 1967. The odometer shows 30,702 miles and 13 former registered keepers are recorded on the V5C. Included in the history folder are the present and some previous V5Cs, the last MoT certificate from 2018 (which expired in May 2019; the vehicle is now exempt) plus ones from 2003 to 2014. There are also assorted tax discs and various invoices for work carried out over a number of years, with more recent jobs being a new oil/water gauge fitted in 2020, and a new battery plus some carburettor work during 2018. A spare set of keys (with what must be a rare Arkley SS keyring) is included. While the car's body has some age and wear marking and paint imperfections, this Arkley SS seems solid and usable overall.
  • V5 Present
  • Chassis number: HAN965108
Result inc Premium: £5,400

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