Austin Healey Sprite 48th Nurburgring 500kms 1969 #28 Wheeler by MEA kit 43
Jack Wheeler acquired his ex-works Sebring Sprite from Austin Healey in 1960 and over the following years the car evolved whilst being used for various club racing events. It was then retired while the build of a lightweight Mini was begun. Over a few beers, Wheeler and his housemates decided to dust off the Sprite and enter a number of events with it from 1969 onwards, including several Targa Florios and races at the Nurburgring. Here we see the car in 1969 form and in terms of shape and decoration, the models look good. The finish is a little rustic, as is typical for this range, but that suits the car perfectly, the aluminium doorskins of the original having been bent over the owner's knee!
|Description: ||Austin Healey Sprite 48th Nurburgring 500kms 1969 #28 Wheeler |
|Catalogue#: ||MEASPL100 |
|Product Type: ||Hand Built |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||GT & Sports Car Racing |
|Colour: ||- |
|Drivers: ||Wheeler J |
|Sponsors: ||#28 |
|Dates: ||1969 |
|Race/Position: ||48th |
|Release Date: ||April 2021 |
|Weight: ||325 grams |
|Comments: ||Nurburgring 500kms |
About MEA kit 43
An interesting range initially specialising in 1:43 motorcycles. The nature of the subjects and the size of many of the parts mean that these are best suited to those with good eyesight! Casting quality can be variable and this combined with the size puts them firmly in the 'for the experienced modeller' category.
Alongside the bikes are a number of Dakar raid subjects and early Lotus race cars, again offered as kits and hand builts. SPL series are hand built only and concentrate on very unusual race cars. Build quality is variable, basic and nowhere near the class leaders. They are usually presented in recycled Spark cases. Very interesting subject matter though.
Made in France.