1960 Austin Healey Sprite Mark 1 for sale, “just right” driver, called “Bliss!”


Here’s another Bugeye we have sorted fully and sent to a new home, that is now up for sale again. The current owners (in Texas) got this car from us in the summer of 2015, and after three years of ownership they are ready for something new. So we are offering the car for sale once again.

The next owner gets the benefit of nearly $10,000 of upgrades done by us for the current owner back in 2015. Some of the best upgrades we did: front disc brake kit (drums are shown in the photos, but were replaced after photos were taken), LED lights all around, three point retractible seat belts, new top, new tires, new electronic ignition and new gas tank (old tank is shown in photo gallery, it was replaced after photo). I have to confirm but I believe we also sent this car with new sidecurtains and a new sidecurtain pouch. The car is fully sorted and ready to enjoy! It has spent most of its life in dry climate. The next owner gets the benefit of a lot of hours spent in our shop (and a lot of money spent by the prior owner) to make this car great.

This car is available now for $19,995.

We call this car “Bliss,” because it wears an original 1962 Fort Bliss base sticker on the front bumper.

I’ve heard lots of Army base Bugeye stories over the years, and here’s car that clearly lived on the Army’s second largest base in the dry Texas/New Mexico climate. And it shows. The car is very solid.

Bliss is mostly stock, with a good 948 engine and disk brakes upgraded by the prior owner. Carbs are upgraded to larger 1.25 inch HS2 twin SUs. Luggage rack and wood steering wheel are nice extras, as is the BMC period AM radio, common on Bugeyes.

The car had been sitting for a long while in Kansas when we got it, and we rebuilt the carbs and serviced the car. Now it runs great! We changed the pinion seal too, and the radius arm bushings. We adjusted the valves and replaced the leaking manifold gasket too.

The car has a one-of-a-kind Jaguar XKE rear bumper guard. You love it or hate it. If you are in the former category, you appreciate a little more chrome protection, and smile at the fact that this car wears a piece of an XKE’s nose on it’s behind. If you hate it, well, we simply remove the whole assembly and put on two new original bumperettes. The new owner gets to decide.

I like this car a lot, it feels like it just drove off the White Sands Missile Range, because it has a used feel without feeling worn out. It has had one repaint, some time ago, and the paint still shines quite well. Not a tournament paint job by any means, but just perfect for bombing around the base.

If you are looking for a nice car you can drive without worry because it has been fully sorted out, Bliss is worth a closer look!

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