Budget 1961 Austin Healey Sprite Mark 1 Bugeye for sale

Now SOLD! and will soon head to Dave in Tennessee! Congratulations Dave, this one is our 222nd sold! And if you are sad you missed it, another great choice is “Hampton,” which you can see by clicking here!

This is AN5L 48247. We call this one “Red.”

If you have been looking for an inexpensive Bugeye Sprite, don’t miss this one! For $11,495, we have this nice shiny red 1960 Bugeye with a strong 948 engine, recently serviced drum brakes and good four speed transmission. She has new aluminum radiator, electric fuel pump, alternator conversion, new seats with matching piping, new carpet and a thermostatically controlled electric cooling fan. She also has electronic ignition, new clutch and flywheel ring gear as well as a new gas tank and exhaust header. The prior owner went out of his way to make the car a great driver. We’ve changed the rear axle pinion seal to stop it from leaking.

The car is a “10 footer,” which means it looks great but shows some body imperfections when you get up close. She has some paint blemishes and amateur bodywork. But if you want to get into a shiny Bugeye you can enjoy this summer, with lots of nice new components, this is a great deal.

The car has an older top that will get you home but should be replaced. Side curtains are included (wrapped in bubble wrap), but they will need restoration. (We also sell new ones).

We got this car as a trade for one of our other cars. We have gone through it and fixed a few items that needed attention, and we are happy to work with the new owner to handle any other upgrades before the car departs for a new home. We have priced it to sell promptly. It’s really hard to find Bugeyes in this price range any more, so don’t delay, and give a call or email if you are interested!

1959 Bugeye Sprite for sale-excellent restored example!

Congratulations Dave! This car will soon be heading to you in Washington State!

This 1959 Bugeye is AN5L 11929, a very nicely restored Sprite we call “Lynn.”

This is the perfect car for anyone looking for a stock Bugeye that is completely restored and offered at a great price. The car was completely rebuilt between 2003 and 2006. A pile of receipts (see photo) details the engine rebuild in 2003 with new rings and bearings as well as a valve job, timing chain, etc, etc. She shows 3348 miles on the odometer, likely the total mileage the car has covered since its complete restoration.

The car features the original 948 engine (as verified by the Heritage Certificate, included with the sale). The engine shows great oil pressure. The car is completely stock, except for an upgraded high-output starter motor and a brand new rubber mounted electric fuel pump we put in just this week. We have gone through the car and sorted any issues. She now has a new fuel tank and filter, new premium front wheel brake cylinders, new steering column bushings and new rear hub seals. We’ve also fixed a number of annoying smaller issues, to get this car ready for the new owner, and it shows… the car is a delight to drive, better than a new Bugeye when it left the showroom floor.

The floors have been patched and repaired, as has the body, so there is no rust at all. The interior is excellent, with new foam cushions, seat covers and matching blue carpet. The windshield was also replaced during the restoration, as were the rubber gaskets. The paint shines very nicely, as you can see by the vivid sky reflected in the photos in the gallery.

The car wears stock wheels and radial tires. A top bow is included, as well as an older top, which should get you home in a pinch. We can fit a new top instead if you prefer. A new tonneau and side curtains are also available. A scissors jack and lug nut wrench are included in the nicely lined boot, as is a correct original spare tire fit with a newer radial tire.

If you are looking for a delightful and handsome Bugeye this Spring, this could be the right car for you!

Offered at $21,995. To restore a Bugeye Sprite to this level would cost considerably more! Please call for more details.

Brilliant Modified 5 Speed and Fast Bugeye for Sale, “Priscilla.”

Now sold and heading to Tennessee! Congratulations Timothy!

This is a superb Bugeye and great fun to drive. The builder of this Bugeye has had a long love affair with Bugeyes, and set out to build the ultimate Frogeye. He installed a Datsun 210 engine (disguised with an Austin valve cover sticker) and 5 speed Datsun 210 transmission. This engine is 1397CC 80 Horsepower 210 engine, quite a bit more powerful than a 1275 engine in stock form, and then he further modified it for even more power with a Crane cam and Weber carb… more power while retaining good street-abilty. And the last owner claims to have gotten 42 MPG on the highway!

She’s loaded with performance modifications and also looks fantastic. This is an extensively modified car we sold to Rod in Florida, who’s downsizing, and asked us to sell it for him. We have the car back in our shop, where we are putting in new master cylinders, new front shocks and new rack boots, all to get this great car ready for a new home.
The car already has a new clutch and battery.

The car currently sports a nice white stripe and white top. Many of the pictures here were taken before the stripes were added. The stripes can also be removed if so desired.

Check out the video for more details! This car is available for $20,495. A whole lot more was invested to make this ultimate five-speed Bugeye!

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1960 Austin Healey Sprite Mark 1 for sale-Sweet red driver!

Now SOLD to John In Texas! Congratulations!

Here’s a great car at a great price. We have gone through the car, for example, we’ve changed the rear axle pinion seal and rear hub seals, replaced the sticking speedometer with a rebuilt unit, replaced the carburetor needles and seats and now it’s now ready to enjoy! The car comes with nice upgrades and good weather gear. Jump in and go!

“Nemo” (AN5L 29251) is a mostly stock 1960 Austin Healey Sprite Mark 1. The original 948 engine is present. We have just upgraded the engine and installed a larger 1098 head, a nice performance upgrade that helps all 948 engines breathe better, courtesy of larger valves and a bigger combustion chamber. These later 1098 heads are a superior design, superior to the original 948 head. The larger head fits without issue, so it’s a wonderful upgrade with no downside. This completely rebuilt head is also built up with hardened valve seats so that the car is now ready for unleaded gas. It runs great!

The car also looks great, and car shines nicely. The body and floors are solid. The dashboard features all the correct switches and gauges in their factory locations. (I love a dashboard that has everything still collect.)

This is a nice driver that will turn heads everywhere you go.

The interior is mostly new, including new carpet, new inside black panels, new door pockets and new door weather seals. The top and windows are quite nice too! The car is also fit with good three-point seat retractible seat belts, a really nice option. These belts retract behind the seats and they are easy to use.

Tires are nice 175s, a bit wider than stock for nice handling. They have seen very few miles.

A spin on oil filter kit has also been added, which makes oil changes a lot easier to execute.

This is a great car for anyone looking for an impressive and attractive classic at a great price.

Call if you would like more details about how to take Nemo home!

1960 Fantastic restored Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite for sale! Video drive!

This is AN5L 25015, a 1960 Austin Healey Sprite called “Rose.”

We completely restored this car-in the spring of 2016. It is one of our best ground-up restorations, and everything was brand new and no expense was spared when we assembled the car at that time. She has a rebuilt 948 engine, rebuilt smooth case transmission, rebuilt front end kingpins and new drum brakes. Underside is cherry.

We have a video drive posted below… if you are looking for a top shelf car, give this one a look! Come for a drive! (this video was shot two years and 2000 miles ago, before the mirrors were installed by the most recent owner. She still looks this good…)

Rose was also beautifully painted in primrose yellow at that time and the paint still looks brand new. The mileage when she last left our building was 21073… it sits now at 22940, so the car has traveled 1867 miles since restoration. Click “read more” for more details and to see the photo album! [Read more…]

1958 Excellent Restored Leaf Green 1275 Bugeye Sprite for sale, “Luigi!”

This is “Luigi,” (AN5L 3057). The car is fully restored and ready for a new owner. It’s a really nice car and it drives great. 1958 Bugeyes are the most rare and have a few unique features you don’t find on the later models.

Luigi is now sold! Congratulations Tom!

This is an early thin windshield 1958 car, about the 2500th made (of about 50,000). Notice the factory gusset in the rocker panel at the “B” pilar, and the early style windshield wiper motor top, visible under the bonnet. These are all rare features original to the early ’58 Bugeyes. Windshield frames changed at car #5277, and the fatter frame continued through the end of the production run. Early cars are getting more and more rare. Thus, Luigi is a very special Bugeye!

This car is available for $22,995

The car was named Luigi by “Perry,” the former owner, pictured here. He has lovingly cared for this car during his ownership since 2012. The car was completely restored in about 1985 in Alberta, Canada. Receipts are included for the engine rebuild at that time. In fact, there is a large book full of receipts from both recent owners. Perry brought the car to our shop from his home in Montreal for a major service a few years ago, and he drove the car less than 200 miles since. While he loved the car, he decided to sell it so someone else can enjoy it. The new speedo we installed a few years back now reads just 161 miles. It doesn’t look like the car has traveled many miles at all since the ground-up restoration years ago.

The underside is solid and quite clean and the car is still very sharp.

The car features a strong 1275 12V engine, from a later Sprite or Midget, with many upgrades, including lifetime K and N air filters and better (bigger) HS2 1.25 inch carburettors. It also has an electric fuel pump, auxiliary electric cooling fan mounted in the nose, exhaust header, fuel pressure regulator and coolant overflow reservoir to help keep air out of the cooling system. The electric cooling fan has a switch under the dash board as shown in the photos. There is a nice tonneau included (see picture) as well as new side curtains and a good top.

The interior is leather, the finish is excellent and the car drives beautifully–everything works. We just changed the front brake wheel cylinders to service the brake system. I have driven this car quite a bit and it is ready to go.

If you are wondering about the white reflective cap on the passenger side of the engine bay, it’s just a spray can cap over the fuse box. It’s not something you need, but it’s a nice way to store some reflective tape under the hood. I suspect Perry thought it might keep some moisture off the fuses.

The yellow “Frogari” stickers on the A pillars look great and will come off easily if the new owner desires. They are not hiding anything and were put there strictly for decoration. We should also be able to remove the Calgary event plaque on the dashboard if the new owner prefers (the car was restored in Calgary before Perry bought it). We can work out any cosmetic revisions with the new owner, but the car looks great as it sits. Another nice cosmetic (non-stock) touch is the chrome wheel trim rings.

Cheers Perry! Thanks for taking such good care of this great Frogeye!

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