AN5L 49195 is a 1960 Bugeye built late in 1960 and first titled in 1961. We call this one “Spice,” because it is painted in a slightly more Cinnamon shade of the original cherry red that came new on a Frogeye. This is a very good car, with an excellent paint job and a lot of nice upgrades, like a 1275 engine with ribbed case four speed transmission, front disk brakes and wire wheels.
I have driven the car a bit and it is a delight to drive, after a complete restoration about five years ago with not a lot of miles since. The car is quick, courtesy of the 1275 engine and exhaust header, to help her breathe. The wire wheels look great!
The paint is excellent and shines quite beautifully. The interior still looks new. The luggage rack allows you to carry an overnight bag, or a golf back or a folding bicycle, for that matter. The wood steering wheel is a nice upgrade.
A great top is included, see the photo album for pix. The tonneau is also nice, but the edges are a bit frayed. We have new ones available in deep red if you would prefer.
There is no heater… I got the car from the Southwest where no cabin heat was needed. The fresh air snorkel is fed directly into the fresh air inlet in front of the battery. We can put in a heater assembly and blower if the new owner needs heat for their particular location. Original side curtains are included, but they will need to be restored if you ever need to mount them.
The underside is very solid with no floor rust! An add-on oil temperature gauge lives under the dash shown below. 55,942 miles are shown but actual mileage is unknown.
If you are looking for a nice restored Sprite, this is one to seriously consider! As with most of the cars we sell, we can modify Spice as much or as little as you desire! Call or email if you are interested and we can discuss a five-speed conversion and any other custom features you might like us to add to the car before we send it to your door! Perhaps you would like the front cockpit trim covered with vinyl? We can do that too!