NOW SOLD TO PETER IN VIRGINIA! Congratulations!!!
This is a special car. Come for a drive-click the play button in the video below!
This 1959 Bugeye Sprite has a very solid body and floors with no sign of crash damage. The prior owner purchased the car in Connecticut and built it up with a fiberglass Sebring nose and fiberglass fastback hardtop as a tribute to Sir Stirling’s victory in the 1960 four-hour Sebring event in a Sebring Sprite. The rare Williams and Pritchard hardtop has a svelte fastback shape and the car looks great! It was all painted BRG in 2014.
The car has been heavily modified with four wheel disk brakes, limited slip differential, double bearing rear hubs, fatter front sway bar, and a five speed Ford transmission mounted on a fast road 1275 engine. The Weber sidedraft carb is well-tuned and other than a slightly lumpy idle, the car is completely streetable and sounds great as you can hear in the video above.
We have gone through and built-in multiple upgrades for the prior owner, (who sold us the car this year due to health challenges). In April of 2016, he invested nearly $30k and lovingly upgraded every aspect of the car to make it into a reliable track car for the Lime Rock fall festival that year, it’s second outing at that annual Labor Day VSCCA track event.
By adding a street muffler to the big bore exhaust system, we now have the car configured as a very street-friendly driver. The new owner has lots of options. We can dress- up the interior with hardura mats and panels, or leave it as a stripped-down racer.
It was also shown twice at the Lime Rock Sunday in the Park Concours. So the car is full of possibilities, and frankly, it works for a fun weekend drive to the store too (she’s currently registered for the road in CT and showing a year of manufacture vintage license plate). The car comes with a side exit stainless track exhaust system and racing wheels and nearly new Avon racing tires too, for an owner who would prefer to trailer the car for track days.
We have fit an aluminum radiator, oil cooler, new distributor with electronic ignition, new wiring harness, AGM battery, alternator, dual master cylinder pedal box, new wire wheel splines and five point racing harness. The wire wheels shown on the car are new, as are the Vredestein Sprint classic tires. The Nardi wood steering wheel is fit with a quick release hub for easy steering wheel removal, to make cockpit entry easier.
The car is eligible for all sorts of vintage events. Give a call if you would like more information and to make this car your own!
Below is a wonderful video of The Weslake Cup in 2017 at Goodwood, well worth watching these modified Sprites go at it!