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1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite for sale, 1275, disk brakes, Weber sidedraft, lots of goodies!

SOLD to Cory in Texas! Congratulations and thank you!!!

This is a really nice 1959 Bugeye Sprite we call “Belle.” AN5L 12297 is reportedly a lifetime California car with a wonderfully solid underside and no signs of any body rust. The car comes with receipts back to 1984, all from Northern California. 50,471 shows on the odometer. One sees many bright red Bugeyes… this car is the correct “cherry red” color used by the factory.

The car has been upgraded with many of the popular performance upgrades to make this car into a wonderful fast driver. If you are a purist and prefer all-stock, and you just want to noodle around town, you don’t need these upgrades. But this package of improvements is widely accepted as very useful for bringing out the best in a Bugeye. If you want more power and better handling, which for many collectors equates to more fun, then this is a car worth serious consideration.

She has a rebuilt 1275cc engine and upgraded 40 DCOE Weber side draft carburetor and header. The Weber is set-up right and the car performs quite well! Very quick! The carb and header add additional horsepower to the strong 1275 engine (which came from a later Sprite or Midget, before it was rebuilt). Incidentally, the original 948 and later 1275 engine have exactly the same footprint, which is why this is such a popular conversion.

Wheels are nearly new, JB from England, shod with wider 175 series tires with very little wear. Rubber is fresh, from 2015.

The transmission is a rebuilt ribcase unit with no issues, it still works like it’s newly rebuilt. The differential was rebuilt and upgraded for highway cruising, with a 3.9 ratio. If you are unfamiliar, the original differential had a 4:22 ratio.

Front brakes were upgraded to discs, and the electrics were converted to negative ground with an alternator installed for higher output. The alternators are also more durable than the original generator, with better bearings. A new electronic distributor was added with electronic ignition, again for more reliabilty. The tachometer was rebuilt to function as an electronic unit which means the sometimes problematic cable drive system is eliminated. It’s more reliable than the original mechanical version.

Other great features include an electric fuel pump, aluminum radiator with nice upgraded expansion tank, walnut burl wood dashboard and steering wheel, 3-point seat belts/shoulder harnesses, new wiring harness, rebuilt seats with new foam and upholstery, new rear leaf springs, new Halogen headlights, new LOUD Hella horns, brass fuel sender float, custom locking choke control with original knob and an original tool kit.

The top and tonneau are nice, both older Amco models, but still with plenty of life. Side curtains are also of similar vintage and quite usable. A front sway bar was added, for even better handling.

The underside is very solid! The paint shines beautifully and the interior looks like new. It’s a clean Bugeye.

The exhaust system includes a small resonator and muffler perpendicular to the car. It works great, and sound nice. It’s also quite recent so there is no need to make any changes. However, if the new owner desires, we can put in a performance muffler with no resonator for a sportier exhaust note and perhaps less back pressure.

This car would also benefit from a five-speed conversion, for even more wonderful highway cruising. It is quite common for us build-out Bugeyes to the specifications of the new owner, so if you want a five-speed Bugeye, we can convert this one for you. Since it already has so many nice upgrades, it is a perfect candidate for this upgrade.

There is just one thing missing, did you notice? We took off the nice wipers to detail the car, and they are still sitting on the bench. Not to worry, I’ll put them on in the morning.

This is a good one, with great handling and performance, and overall, great fun, she’s a fast driver that will make you smile. We’d love to send “Belle” your way! Call or email if you are interested!

Restored 1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale

NOW SOLD! And heading West as a surprise Christmas gift!!! Congratulations!

This is AN5L 31095 (we call it “Gavin”), a 1960 Bugeye that was the subject of a ground-up restoration in 2014. A ton of money and time was spent to bring this car down to bare metal, and nearly everything was replaced or rebuilt at that time. The original 948 engine was rebuilt by a shop in Massachusetts. The original drum brake front king pins were re-bushed. The floor was repaired with new panels. The wiring is new, and the chrome was redone. The gauges were rebuilt. The project was quite extensive.

The interior was also redone, and looks great.

The car drives well, although some maintenance is needed, primarily because the car has been sitting. For example, the master cylinder is due for replacement, as are some wheel cylinders. I would also replace the bias ply tires, as I much prefer radials. We can get it ready for the new owner if they so desire. If you are interested in the car, call to discuss options.

The bodywork is nice, and the car looks great. The nose fits well, quite a bit better than most. The paint has yellowed a bit. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but the color is not uniform. And the normally flat beading on top of the fenders was ground to more of a point. This is a perfect car for someone who doesn’t sweat the small stuff but still desires a nicely restored car at a great price.

This fully restored and expensive restoration can be had for $15,995, a deep discount when compared to most professional restorations-this is a lot of Bugeye for the money. The bodywork is nice, but since it was less than professionally done, you can buy this car for about half of the cost of Tanner, the other completely restored Bugeye in our lineup.

They look almost the same, how come Tanner is twice the price? Feel free to call to discuss!

Striking 1960 Super Sprite for sale!

Now sold to Ron in Rhode Island, his fourth Bugeye from us!!! Awesome, way to go RON!!!

Thousands more was invested to make this custom Sprite. Call for info!


Here’s a chance to purchase a superb Super Sprite. The car was carefully built by Liberty Motorsports in Southern California, where the owner Jim is a passionate Porsche 356 restorer who builds cars to the highest level, including a first place car for the Amelia Island Concours in 2018 and invitations to Quail and Monterey Concours in the past. He always wanted a Bugeye and indulged himself with this build. We provided lots of parts to help him realize his vision and when he decided to sell the car, we were happy to help. This car was delivered new to LA per the heritage certificate, and has been a California car all its life (delivered new in 1960 to LA). It’s solid and beautiful.

Listen to the nice Abarth exhaust note in the video below:

What I love about this car is that it was built to look like it was modified in the early 60s, with period bits to evoke a very nostalgic feel. The interior in particular has a very analog feel, and the builder used period rally clocks and gauges to stay consistent with the theme. He also fit a rebuilt Judson supercharger, which looks fresh out of the back pages of a 60’s copy of Mechanix Illustrated. Lucas “Flame Thrower” driving lights were also custom mounted on the bumper. An NOS Abarth twin tip muffler was also installed, a wonderful period muffler for the 948 power plant. A sweet vintage exhaust note is the result. He also fit a custom dead pedal in the driver footwell-he used a spare 356 gas pedal and rubber cover.

Notice the custom Raydyot mirror base mounts too… most people would be content to mount these in the aft windshield screw hole. Jim took the time to make a base plate that would hide both of the original windshield holes yet leave them available to mount the stock windshield if needed.

Jim fit our head fairing, and hard tonneau, to make for a sleek and flat look. He also added a custom stitched mini soft tonneau, with matching primrose piping and fat stitching. He also fit an EGT gauge and probe in the main pipe as well as a voltmeter. Tasteful black pin stripes are nice additional accents.

A Hertiage certificate is also included, which verifies that the original engine is present. Front disk brakes were also added, as were color matched wheels and a front anti-roll bar for best handling.

The car is ready to go. A new clutch kit and rear crank seal was installed about 250 miles ago. At that time the generator was upgraded to an alternator, and an electronic conversion performed to make the tachometer work with the alternator. An aluminum radiator was also fit at this time, very helpful for Southern California (and similar) cooling requirements. An electric cooling fan is also present, another cooling system enhancement.

Brooklands windscreens are currently fit on both sides as shown in the photos but the original windshield is included, as is a soft top and bows should the new owner want to use the weather in cooler or inclement weather. The car is currently in Southern California. A color matched original hardtop is also included, with custom black padded headliner. The underside is as clean as the topside, as you can see in the photo gallery.

Many of you have asked if I would sell Gumby, my green super Sprite… that one is not for sale, but if you want another show-winning custom Sprite, this is a very good alternative. It is finished to a very high standard, with lots of fun accessories. It cost thousands more than the asking price to build. The owner needs more space, so here’s a chance to own something very special built by a master fabricator.

Call or email if you are interested!

1960 Austin Healey Bugeyes Sprite Barn find for sale! Stored since 1974!

Now sold and heading to the UK! Congratulations Yannai! We hope to make it a cool driver first! Stay tuned for photos!

BARN FIND! Up for auction soon! Email for schedule and more details!

Want to be the talk of every car show you attend? Make this barn find a driver, and you’ll have something really special… a time-capsule survivor that you can drive. Anyone with deep enough pockets can restore a Sprite, but few people can claim they have an unmolested barn find that they brought back to life as an exercise in preservation (not restoration).

Every month we are offered Bugeyes for restoration. They are almost always completely or partially disassembled, stalled restoration projects or bodywork disasters that stalled for a good reason. The only way to bring this type of basket case back to life is to make everything new again.

But our barn find shown here is unique. In fact, I strongly encourage the new owner to think long and hard before completely dismantling this car and embarking on a lengthy restoration. Instead, I would fix the two underside issues…. 1) put a new floor in the driver footwell and 2) weld a patch behind the driver seat (these two areas have small holes, and are shown in the photo album). Then I would restore all the mechanicals and drive this car exactly as you see it. I would not repair the dents, or patch the rear fender bottom because that will merely complicate the revival, and would diminish this particular story. Instead, I would leave it alone and work toward driving and enjoying this car as soon as possible.

Incomplete or bondo-ladened or disassembled cars (which are harder to put together), can be had for less than this one. This car commands a premium because it has been off the road since 1974, it is complete, has not been molested and it has a great story.

I first met AN5L 37802 in June of 2015 when the owner (“Skip”) was taking down his barn in the Catskills (in New York) where the car had been stored since 1974. In the picture above from 2015, you can see Skip extracting the car as the barn is removed. He had purchased it in about 1967 from the second owner.

You can still see the original Crandall-Hicks plaque on the back of the car. This was the New England British Motor Corporation distributor at the time, so this is a wonderful plaque to still see in place. You might enjoy reading a bit about Crandall-Hicks at the link here… they sold Indian motorcycles in the 30s and later helped bring the BMC line to our shores. I was amazed to read that in 1955, they built a Quonset hut (just slightly larger than ours) on their property, to house their shop and British car inventory! (That structure was destroyed in a snowstorm but was replaced with another Quonset hut!!! They are still in business, and it looks like they now sell power equipment, albeit not from a Quonset hut.)

Anyway, Skip ended-up trading the car for a Ford tractor and brush hog in 2015, but I was lucky to buy it from the latest owner (who merely stored the car inside since 2015). It still looks the same today as it did when it came out of Skip’s barn.

I enjoyed finding the 1973 Major League baseball rule book under the passenger floor mat. I called Skip and asked about this (he’s happy to meet the new owner) and it turns out he drove the car everywhere in the early 70s as an umpire for little league games.

Skip parked the car in 1974 because it had low oil pressure, so you’ll need to rebuild the stock 948 engine in the car, which would likely need a rebuild from sitting all this time anyway. Or put in a rebuilt 1275 engine and enjoy the horsepower increase. The heritage certificate verifies this is not the original engine (9C-U-H 37496), but instead one from a later Bugeye (9C-U-H/47168). The stock 948 engine currently in the car is definitely from a Bugeye, one that was built a few months later near the end of production, in late 1960 (this car was built April 22 of 1960, per the heritage certificate).

The original hardtop is a nice detail that comes with the car. But most importantly, everything is in place just as it was in 1974. Original jack and jack handle is included as is original (torn) tonneau. Period Amco front and rear bumper bars are also nice to see.

Indicated mileage is 74,114. It’s always amazing to think back to a time where it was common for people to routinely use these cars as daily drivers. This one was parked after just 14 years on the road.

Tires will of course need to be replaced after sitting for so long. The car rolls freely and we can ship it anywhere in the world. The car is currently in our shop and comes with complete paperwork for the new owner to register the car, anywhere in the world.

It’s getting harder and harder to find complete unmolested Bugeyes so we are pretty excited to find this one!

Call 203 561 6929 if you are interested!

1959 Bugeye Sprite for sale, exceptional and beautifully restored!

Sold and heading to Nicolas in the UK and then Portugal! Congratulations!!!

This is “Tanner,” a rotisserie restored all-stock 1960 Bugeye Sprite, done to a very high standard and ready for a new home. The car is now back in our Connecticut facility and new pictures are posted below. We had hoped to sell the car while it was on the West coast to a customer in that region, but now that the car is back here, we can confirm this is still one of the nicest mostly stock Bugeyes on the road today. If you are looking for a fully-restored Sprite that looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor, this is the car for you.

Tanner shows just 399 miles on the odometer since it was restored. The car is finished in Olde English white with a red interior, exactly matching the creamy vanilla factory color scheme. With fully restored chrome, paint and an all-new interior, the car is a real head-turner. The top is nearly new too, stored in a fleece lined pouch so it looks new when you need it. And the car has a great new tonneau.

We originally purchased this car in 2012 when it was a fresh rotisserie restoration with everything brand new. We then sold it to Nick in British Columbia, Canada, where it has lived garaged inside a special “CarCoon” garage storage air capsule pretty much ever since (that’s the red oxygen tent shown below). He has only put a few hundred miles on the car, driving it only on nice days, and it currently looks exactly as it did in 2012 when it was fully restored.

The underside is immaculate. The car comes with new side curtains and top, as shown in the photo album. The switches and gauges are all in the right places, just like the original. Only the attractive wood Moto-Lita steering wheel is non-stock. Also, the aluminum trim strip above the dash should have been covered with red vinyl to match the dash. We can correct this if you prefer, but the polished existing trim strip looks great too. Some people like front bumpers. We have those too. It’s personal preference. As with all of our cars, we can help customize or fine tune any aspect, so that the new owner gets exactly what they want!

Give a call if you like the best of the best, and you want to make this stunning Bugeye your own!

Exceptional Fully Restored 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite for Sale

NOW SOLD TO Anthony in Arkansas!!! Congratulations! Our 230th!!!

This 1960 Sprite is a winner. We call it “London.”

AN5L 21636 was a 1960 barn-find car that was lucky to meet it’s restorer, because it came back to life better than new after a rotisserie restoration, with every square inch redone via a blank check restoration. There is a lot to love here. If you want an extremely well restored Bugeye, take a serous look at this car.

Everything is new, with a rebuilt and uprated 1275 power plant and new front disk brakes. There is also an electronic ignition system installed (to get rid of the ignition points), a front anti roll bar and K and N lifetime air filters too!

The underside in particular shows the work of a master restorer. Everything is stunning, and all the new floor pans were put in perfectly. The exhaust is stainless steel.


A gorgeous high-end stayfast dark blue tonneau is included, as well as a nearly new black Everflex top. The steering wheel is also a work of art by Mike Lempert, with a walnut inlay to make the wheel one-of-a-kind.

Look through the photos and call me if you want to own one of the best.

Contact us at David@bugeyeguy.com or call (203)-208-0980 during business hours