Sculpted! 1965 Innocenti Spyder

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Thanks to Barn Finds reader Charles H. for this find! The Innocenti Spyder is essentially an Italian-bodied Austin-Healey Sprite. Produced in small numbers and rarely seen in North America, the Innocenti featured a more luxurious interior and certainly different styling than the Sprite offered. We’ve featured these little cars before and gone into some details about the car’s origins. I keep seeing Triumph TR6 in the front, especially without the normal Innocenti grille being in place. This one is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the seller has lost their storage. It’s for sale here on eBay, where bidding is currently at $1,275 without a reserve. Why “sculpted” in the title of this post? Because the sills and quarter panels are largely constructed of body filler over crude patchwork. Kudos to the seller for being honest about this and including pictures of the areas that will need to be redone–they are careful to point out that they were not the person that creatively patched the car. So who’s up for some metalwork? 

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Comments

  1. RayT Member

    If it weren’t so beat up and shorn of difficult-to-source parts, this would be a fun project. It’s much prettier than the later Spridgets, and of course all that BMC hardware is easy to deal with.

    This looks like another case where you either do everything yourself — including bodywork, upholstery and paint, plus rummaging through boneyards looking for elusive trim — or quickly get upside-down financially.

  2. jim s

    at the current bid i would keep all the midget/sprite parts and then try to resell the Innocenti parts. might end up with free midget/sprite parts. nice find.

  3. Aaron B.

    Anyone else notice the race car next door to it… :)

  4. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    @ Ray, I agree — if you aren’t the restorer yourself, there’s no way this is the right car.
    @ Jim S, I hadn’t thought of that avenue. Interesting way to go.
    @ Aaron, take a look at the eBay comments…you’re not alone!

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