1958 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite

Specifications
Stock: AH58-149
Current condition: SHOW-DRIVER
Performance: 1,275cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine; Dual SU Carbs
Performance options: Approximately 85bhp at 5,800rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Suspension: Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
Color exterior: White
Color interior: Red
Mileage: 96,820
Wheels: Chrome Wire Wheels
Tires: All Season 155/80/13
Brakes: Front Disc – Rear Drum Brakes
Vin #: AN5-L/2149
Engine #: 12V/5072/L6756
Description

This 1958 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite Mark I is an open two seater roadster, and makes for one great little sports car. Completed at the Austin-Healey Works in June 30, 1958, this Sprite MK I Bugeye was dispatched for the US market on July 4th of that year. During the comprehensive restoration, the engine was upgraded to a 1275 cc motor, with a 5-speed transmission. The Red interior was newly trimmed in its correct British materials, and includes the “All-Weather” equipment options – which also includes a black Tonneau cover. The car exhibits many nice details throughout, including dual horns, a heater control switch, signal lenses for the dash – all nicely presented, along with the owner's manual, tool kit, air pump and Heritage Trust Certificate verifying the authenticity of the car. This Sprite is very fun to drive and fitted with disc brakes, handles superbly, and is a real head turner in every regard. It is great for British rallies and events where it would be enjoyed and admired. This Austin Healey offers a much-improved performance, charming looks, and would be a fun companion on the back roads for a relatively modest investment.

History

The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small open sports car which was produced in the United Kingdom from 1958 to 1971. The Sprite was announced to the press in Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation on 20 May 1958, just before that year's Monaco Grand Prix. It was intended to be a low-cost model that "a chap could keep in his bike shed", yet be the successor to the sporting versions of the pre-war Austin Seven. The Sprite was designed by the Donald Healey Motor Company, with production being undertaken at the MG factory at Abingdon. It first went on sale at a price of £669, using a tuned version of the Austin A-Series engine and as many other components from existing cars as possible to keep costs down. When the Mk. II Sprite was introduced in 1961 it was joined by a badge-engineered MG version, the Midget, reviving a model name used by MG from the late 1920s through to the mid 1950s. Enthusiasts often refer to these later Sprites and Midgets collectively as "Spridgets." The MG-badged version of the car continued in production for several years after the Austin-Healey brand ceased to exist.