Monday, March 7, 2011

Bugeye in a Box: 1960 Austin Healey Sprite

 If there was ever a car that could be easily and quickly bolted together, it might be the Bugeye Sprite. The skill set needed barely exceeds that of an advanced Erector Set. Here is an estate sale in the Chicago suburbs that would be a great chance to test that theory.

Most of the body is in primer. The chassis sits upside down on a crib and the underside looks decent. A nicely detailed 948cc A-Series motor sits on an engine stand, and a nice looking dash assembly is included. The rear end appears to be rebuilt, and the seats are very solid looking.

Given that most Sprites nowadays seem to be track cars, this assembly of completed components could be built to a race-car standard without excessive further expenditure.A little finish body work is needed, as well as paint, but this could be a terrific chance to try your hand with a project of reasonable scale. Asking price for the lot is $3000 or best offer. Also of interest is an early MG Midget that can be sold separately or with the lot. Show up with cash and a trailer and make your best offer!

This one wont last long. The Bugeye is one of the most charming British roadsters out there.

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