1958 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite
|Performance:||1,275cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine; Dual SU Carbs|
|Performance options:||Approximately 85bhp at 5,800rpm|
|Suspension:||Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle|
|Wheels:||Chrome Wire Wheels|
|Tires:||All Season 155/80/13|
|Brakes:||Front Disc – Rear Drum Brakes|
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, the Bugeye was dispatched for the U.S. market on July 4th of that year, and in recent times was comprehensively restored by Austin-Healey professionals. During the comprehensive restoration, the engine was upgraded to a 1275 cc motor with a 5-speed transmission, and the car’s red interior was newly trimmed in its correct British materials. 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, and British Heritage Trust Certificate verifying the authenticity of the car. The Bugeye includes the “All-Weather” equipment option which includes a black Tonneau cover. This Sprite is exceptionally fun to drive and handles superbly with increased horsepower and disc brakes for better stopping; experience the Bugeye on an open road as you accelerate and shift gears through the turns and enjoy the improved braking performance. This Sprite is a real head turner in every regard, and great choice for British rallies and events where it would be enjoyed and admired.
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.