British Motor Heritage
Specialist Profile

Frontline Spridget is a small and enthusiastic company, started by Tim Fenna and based at Batheaston, near Bath. It has been a Heritage Approved Specialist for the MG and Austin-Healey marques since 2001.

Although Frontline is able to support all of the classic MGs and Austin-Healeys, ask any Midget/Sprite owner about Frontline and they will immediately associate the name with suspension mods, five speed gearboxes and performance engines - everything needed to bring the Spridget into the 21st century.

Tim has dedicated the company to improving the Spridget marque at an affordable cost and without detracting from its character.

Frontline suspension kits for Sprites and Midgets are bolt-on and require no structural changes to the body. The front kit, pictured here, replaces the Armstrong lever-arm shock absorber a with more rigid upper link and uses an Avo telescopic damper.

Rear suspension mods also include Avo shock absorbers and can be supplemented with a panhard rod or anti-tramp bars.

To get exactly the right ride and performance, Frontline will supply front and rear springs of varying rates and ride heights.


Frontline's K-series engine transplant is mounted in-line and mated to a Ford type 9 gearbox. The only modifications needed to the chassis are eight holes that have to be drilled for the engine mountings, moving the heater tray back and modifying the gearbox mounting for the 5-speed. The choices range from a moderately powerful 1.4K engine producing 120 bhp, set up for comfort and cruising, to a modified 1.8K producing over 200bhp, with brakes and a suspension to match.

A typical Frontline K Spridget will have an engine that develops more than twice the power of the original, weighs less and with a suspension that makes the car a delight to drive


Frontline will supply all the parts and detailed instructions for you to undertake your own suspension modifications, gearbox or engine changes. Alternatively, you can have them custom-build you a super Midget/Sprite to your own specification.

Frontline also offer a complete range of improvements and conversions for the MGB. We will be running a feature on these later this year.

For more information:   Frontline Spridget
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239 London Road East,Batheaston, Bath BA1 7RL
Tel:01235 832632
Fax:01235 833122

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