Meet “Royal” (AN5L 40317), a striking Bugeye with Shelby graphics. This is a solid Sprite which was owned for the past seven years by a Healey lover in the Boston area, who kept the car in great care. The car only covered about 250 miles during his stewardship.
The car has a striking paint job that still looks very fresh. The stripes are properly laid down, sealed under the very sharp clear-coat finish. The flip forward nose kit makes engine access a breeze.
The car has tons of power and a nice exhaust note. The 1275 engine is fed by a side draft Weber, which is working quite well.
The car also has a cut off switch on the dash, so you can remove the red key to the right side of the dash, which kills all electric power if you park the car for an extended period, or can be used for anti-theft. A rear tube shock conversion was also fit to replace the rear lever shocks with later tube type dampers.
There is (an unconventional) red starter push button on the dash to engage the starter. It works just fine. The new owner can decide to keep this perfectly functional set-up or to have us convert the dashboard back to an original starter pull.
The top is fine but a top bow is needed, and the car hasn’t been used with a top in forever anyway. Tires are from 2002 so they are ready to be retired.
This is a great car, with great wheels and a great look. It’s solid and striking and please give a call or email if you want us to send Royal to your door!