NEWS FLASH! Everything changes quickly, so this 1960 Sprite is for sale once again! The grill has been changed to a stock type, but other than that one revision, the car looks the same as posted. You can see the new factory grill as the car now sits in the photo below! This car is in our shop in Branford, CT. Call if interested!
Here’s a very special Sprite we call “Spot.” She’s a 948 engine, four-speed car, with drum brakes all around and has been completely rebuilt with maximum cosmetic “wow” factor. The car is lowered and looks mean!
We have owned this car twice and it keeps getting better!
It is just back from two-year ownership in Wisconsin where it sat mostly idle and only used in nice weather. Total mileage by the past owner was 819-under 1000 miles since we completely upgraded the car.
Prior to heading to Wisconsin in 2019, we performed a major build-out with multiple upgrades including swapping the lap belts to three point retractable belts, adding an air horn, rally clocks, larger dashboard mirror, spin-on oil filter conversion, LED lights all around, and nice center tunnel console with Smiths volt and amp gauges. We changed the pinion seal and upgraded the cooling system with a six blade fan and aluminum radiator.
Most importantly, we added a powder coated windshield and stanchion assembly with new glass and all new rubber. This allows you to use the new top that we also fit to the car. The windshield is on the car as shown in the new photos. And it is easily removed to fit the brooklands screens as shown. Thus, this car can be configured to your liking… leave the windshield off in peak summer months and use the Brooklands screens that come with the car and tonneau. Put the windshield on in the Spring and Fall when more weather protection is needed.
We are glad to have this one back!
Below is a video drive of the car from December 2017 when we had just completed building the car. You’ll notice just one Brooklands screen in place, and no head pillow or roundels yet…
We bought Spot a few years ago in pieces and completely rebuilt the car. We installed the custom roll bar and built the head pillow, stitched the hardura non-carpet floor covering and custom tonneau with color matched stitching, and installed the performance exhaust and front anti-roll bar. We also added amber Sebring driving lights, which are activated by a toggle switch on the dashboard.
A previous owner further customized the car and added the racing fuel filler cap, and racing roundels. The roundels are decals and can be removed, as can the speed shop decal on the back. But I like the hot rodder style, so we left all the stickers in place. The new owner can decide to leave them or have them removed. The racing stripes and rocker panels are painted black, so these will stay.
The car is super solid throughout, as the floors have been repaired with factory floor pans. There is no rust. And she is a joy to drive, tons of fun, with a sweet exhaust note.
The little 948 engine packs a punch. The car is a joy to drive and a fun tribute to the era when Sprites were not too precious to be personalized. The next steward can take it even further, or enjoy this fun car just how it sits.
Call or email to discuss adopting Spot!
PS The car is titled as a 1961, but we all know that no Bugeyes were made in 1961, it was merely first registered in that year.
Check out this video for a little more information on Spot’s dashboard.