Which are the best books for Sprites and Midgets ? Well, that depends.
It depends on whether you are looking for the history of the car, maintenance manuals or books with beautiful photographs. Whichever type of book you are looking for, Sprites and Midgets are well catered for.
Over the past 30 years, I have owned 3 Midgets, a Sprite based Westfield Eleven and currently own a Frogeye. In that time, I have acquired quite a library of Sprite and Midget related books. So, let’s take a blat through them and I will give you my personal review and rating of each one.
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The books fall loosely into the following categories: Reference, Maintenance and Tuning, Restoration and Miscellaneous (where would we be without miscellaneous !)
Maintenance and Tuning
There are many other sources of reading material that you may find useful or entertaining. Here are a few examples from my own collection.
The Moss parts catalogue is free and a great resource for identifying which component it is that has just sprung out of your pliers never to be seen again.
Club magazines, like Mascot and Enjoying MG, are a great source of “how to fix that nutty little problem that is driving you mad” and monthly car magazines can give you that quick fix of motivation to keep working on your car. In particular, Practical Classics guide to the Midget and Sprite is excellent.
My favourite miscellany of all are period publications. I recently bought a 1958 Autosport with a review of the new Austin Healey Sprite (not yet nicknamed Frogeye). I have a 1962 owners manual, I would have to say is, in some ways, better than the Haynes Manual. Hunt around and see what you can find; there’s some really fun and interesting stuff out there.
If I were to recommend just the essential books for a Spridget owner, then it would be a list of 1 book; the Haynes Owner’s Workshop Manual. However, why have 1 when you can have more !
My top 3 recommendations are:
I am still looking for books to improve my library; fill in some gaps or expand the view.
So, here are some further books that are still on my wishlist.
If you have any recommendations for Spridget books, old or new that you think would enhance my library, let me know and you may see them included when I revise this article in the future.
Recommendations from my visitors
Thank you for the following recommendations … keep them coming !
Practical Classics on Midget/Sprite Restoration
Recommendation from Steve:
It’s a reprint of a series of magazine articles they published back in the mists of time! I would never see it as a definitive guide, but some useful stuff for beginners when used in combination with a proper workshop manual.
1979 Austin Healey Yearbook
Recommendation from Eric:
It covers big and small ones. A big hard backed book. A lot of stuff re Frogeyes etc.