Frogeye Sprite...............1959 and all the hard work has been completed.......chassis work sorted and the steering and suspension has been reconditioned and new components fitted where required. The project is complete and has a choice of standard engine or a 1275cc unit ready to go.;A delightful little car making serious money when finished.
The Austin-Healey Sprite was announced to the press in Monaco, just before de 1958 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 in Abingdon. In 1961 the Sprite was joined by a badge-engineered version version, the Midget, reviving a model name used by MG from the late 1920s through to the mid 1950s. Enthusiasts often refer to Sprites and the later Midgets collectively as "Spridgets." The Sprite quickly became affectionately known as the "frogeye" in the UK and the "bugeye" in the US, because its headlights were prominently mounted on top of the bonnet, inboard of the front wings. The car's designers had intended that the headlights could be retracted, which Never happened. the problem of providing a rigid structure to an open-topped sports car was resolved by Barry Bilbie, Healey's chassis designer, who adapted the idea provided by the Jaguar D-type, with rear suspension forces routed through the bodyshell's floor pan. The Sprite's chassis desi
757 BOJ was first registered on the 18th May 1960 and spent much of its early life in the Greater London area, based in Eltham, SE9 and later Bushey in Hertfordshire. By 1976 the 'Frogeye' was registered in the North West where it has spent the majority of the past 40 years, moving between Lancaster, Carnforth and the Lake District. We initially brought the 'Frogeye' in through part exchange for a Triumph TR6 in May 2015, collecting it up in the Lake District. We sold the car immediately to one of our regular customers in South Yorkshire and carried out a high level of preparation work to include new track rod ends, new radius arms, rebuilt brake calipers, new rear wheel cylinders, rebuilt rev counter and replacement ammeter, top hose, ignition switch and choke cable.
Austin Healey Sprite 1,0 Cabriolet Equipment: velkørende Original Hardtop ring for info sælges engros for kunde
The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small open top sports car that was announced in 1958, just prior to that years Monaco Grand Prix It was designed as a low cost model (it originally went on sale for just £669) and was the successor to the sporting versions of the pre-war Austin Seven. This particular example was supplied new on 12th July 1960 to H A Saunders Ltd, London. Finished in Goodwood Green, with 1275cc engine and has been the subject of a previous restoration. Recent new parts include: New Radiator New clutch New wiring harness New fuel pump brake overhaul Uprated suspension – MK2 spec Clean shim and refit kingpins Engine and engine bay detailed Gold Seal engine fitted a couple of years ago Full respray a couple of years ago Comes with soft top and side screens Fibreglass bonnet
Just arrived from the USA . One owner for many years . Has some rust but not too bad.
(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.
(SOLD) 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.
A multiple concours winner recently imported from Florida this car was originally from Texas where it was bought after a 3 year search for a perfect rust free example . It was then subjected to a restoration over 5 years using only original new old stock parts. The body tub has had no welding at all with a perfect underside showing all the original factory spot welds Immaculate Iris blue coachwork with perfect panel gaps Complete with Factory Works Hardtop Correct grey millboard boot panels with the interior of the boot correctly painted red oxide as they were when they left the factory All UK taxes paid and now has full UK period correct registration ,V5 and fresh MOT It is possible to convert this car to Right Hand Drive in our workshops . We have done several conversions like this on similar vehicles .
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