(if a car is not pictured here, it has been sold)

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.

1959 Excellent Bugeye Sprite for sale

Now sold to Mickey in Mississippi! Congratulations!

This is Sprite AN5L 13275, built in March of 1959. This car has a great package of options and weather gear and is ready for a fun drive home!

Meet a Bugeye we call “Boyd.” We owned and sold Boyd in 2015 to the current owner in North Carolina, who has now asked us to sell the car for him. He has put 1600 miles on the car in the three years he has owned it.

It’s a great car, recipient of much sorting when we last had it in 2015. This summer, we’ve taken care of any outstanding issues. It’s equipped with a mostly stock 948 engine and four speed transmission, with the popular front disk brake upgrade. Boyd is also loaded with a number of great upgrades that would cost thousands if you were to put them in yourself.

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1960 Austin Healey Sprite Mark 1 for sale, “just right” driver, called “Bliss!” Price reduced!

Now SOLD! to Gary and family! CONGRATULATIONS!


Here’s another Bugeye for sale that we fully sorted for its most recent owners and now we have it for sale once again. In fact, we did about $10,000 worth of work to the car back in 2015. The car was upgraded to make it into a good useable car for a family in Texas and the new owner will enjoy the benefit of all that work.

A list of what was done includes: new front disc brake kit with new king pins and A arms, (drums and old A arms are shown in the photos, but were replaced after the photos were taken), LED lights all around, three-point retractible seat belts, new top, new tires, new electronic ignition, new electric fuel pump, new sidecurtains and a new sidecurtain pouch, front anti-roll bar, upgraded halogen headlights, rubber floor mats, new heater valve, new radius arm bushings and a new pinion seal. We also put in a new carpet kit and door seals. The car is fully sorted and ready to enjoy! It has spent most of its life in dry climate and the underside is nice and solid. The next owner gets the benefit of a lot of hours spent in our shop (and a lot of money spent by the prior owner) to make this car great.

This car is available now for $16,995 and the car is located in our Branford Quonset Hut.

We call this car “Bliss,” because it wears an original 1962 Fort Bliss base sticker on the front bumper. Indicated mileage is 46,629. The prior owners put less than 500 miles on the car.

I’ve heard lots of Army base Bugeye stories over the years, and here’s car that clearly lived on the Army’s second largest base in the dry Texas/New Mexico climate.

Bliss is mostly stock, with a 948 powerplant. Carbs are upgraded to larger 1.25 inch HS2 twin SUs. Luggage rack and wood steering wheel are nice extras, as is the BMC period AM radio, common on Bugeyes.

The car has a one-of-a-kind Jaguar XKE rear bumper guard. You love it or hate it. If you are in the former category, you appreciate a little more chrome protection, and smile at the fact that this car wears a piece of an XKE’s nose on it’s behind. If you hate it, well, we simply remove the whole assembly and put on two new original bumperettes. The new owner gets to decide.

I like this car a lot, it feels like it just drove off the White Sands Missile Range, because it has a used feel without feeling worn out. It has had one repaint, some time ago, and the paint still shines quite well. Not a tournament paint job by any means (with some imperfections showing), but just perfect for bombing around home base. The short tonneau shown on the car is old and the new owner will probably want us to fit a new one to the car.

If you are looking for a nice car you can drive without worry because it has been fully sorted out, Bliss is worth a closer look!

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!

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