The MkIIA was the best of the Sprites: disc front brakes, close-ratio gearbox with the Porsche-developed baulk-ring synchromesh - 597kg kerbweight, and a twin-SU 1098cc engine that developed a heady 42kW. The MkIIA was the last Sprite to retain quarter-elliptic leaf springs; the MkIII adopted semi-elliptics that increased body roll. It was slow - 0-80km/h in 10sec - but the Sprite taught me about handling precision: the light, super-accurate steering was also quick (just 2.2 turns). It was the first car I loved. 50 years later, I can't look at a photograph without becoming emotional.