- A Works entrant on the 1960 Tour de Corse (Pat Moss/Ann Wisdom). - Rebodied by Williams & Pritchard for Ian Walker and nigh-on unbeatable in 1961. - The most original of the Sprinzel Sebring Sprites and owned since 1966 Further Info: First registered as `WJB 707' on 7th October 1960, this famous Austin-Healey began life as a Works Rally Car. Prepared by the BMC Competition Department for Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom to use on the Tour de Corse a few weeks later, the two-seater boasted Girling disc brakes, uprated suspension and wire wheels etc but retired from the event due to gearbox failure. Published in the September 1990 issue of Classic & Sportscar magazine, a letter written by next custodian Ian Walker recalled how: `Late in 1960, with the approval of John Thornley, I purchased WJB 707 on the understanding that it was to be converted to a Sebring Sprite and would be driven by myself, in a team of three organised by John Sprinzel, during the 1961 season. Each of the owners was to be responsible for his own conversion, the common denominator being Williams & Pritchard who were responsible for stripping the original bodies and replacing them with the aluminium version'. Having spen
• Year: 1960
• Last update: 1 day old
To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at Auction Americas Fort Lauderdale event, March 27-29, 2015. Estimate:$ 20,000 - $ 25,000 Introduced in 1958, the Sprite was a completely new kind of Austin-Healey. Compared to the big Healeys of the period, the new Sprite was tiny, maneuverable, and despite its diminutive engine, remarkably quick. Rack-and-pinion steering gave the car a nimble and direct feel. Regardless of what the stopwatch said, it was certainly fun to drive, and any speed at all seemed fast giving both car and driver an exhilarating ride. At least as notable as its chassis dynamics, the cars styling turned heads as well. Its rather unconventional headlight placement earned the car the nickname bugeye in the U.S., and frogeye at home. Whatever you called it, the Sprite was cute, and few women could resist the car or, perhaps, its driver! The Sprite was also one of the first cars to feature a complete, tilting front end, a remarkable innovation that exposed the running gear thoroughly, making service a simple matter. There were few frills on a Sprite, but at the price, few cared. They were fun, inexpensive, and offered the exhilaration that comes only from a top down drive on a warm spring morning. The example offered here has been the subject of a comprehensive frame-off restoration. It runs with a 948-cc, 43-hp inline four-cylinder engine with twin carbs and a four-speed manual transmission. Among the equipment is Smiths instrumentation, seatbelts, factory steel wheels with center caps and tasteful Dunlop whitewall tires. Properly set up these cars can run and drive like a little jewel, and should provide years of carefree and trouble-free open-air British motoring for its new owner.
• Last update: about 8 hours old
(SOLD) This Austin Healy was known as Bugeye Sprite because of its distinctive headlights appearance. The headlights mounted on top of the centre bonnet, which hinged from the back in one piece together with outer mudguards.
• Year: 1959
• Last update: 4 months old
• Mileage: 28003 mi
Completed at the Austin-Healey Works in January of 1960, this Sprite MK I "Bugeye" was configured as a US market left hand drive example. Its early history remains unknown, but by the 1990s the Sprite was in Texas with an Austin-Healey enthusiast. Here it was treated to a meticulous restoration, and tastefully upgraded to a serious performance car. The original 948cc engine was removed in favor of a 1,275cc unit, and a supercharger installed to feed it, while Minilite-style alloy wheels, white-faced Smiths gauges, and a sports steering wheel were fitted to give the car an appropriately racy look. This beautifully presented Sprite offers much-improved performance, charming looks, and should be a fun companion on the backroads for a relatively modest investment.
• Year: 1960
• Last update: 4 months old
• Mileage: 484 mi
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