We have found that many of the project Barn Finds we come across found their way into the barn with the hope of being restored one day, but as life is, other things take priority over the restoration project and the car, or in the case cars, get left in the barn. The owner of these Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprites has found themselves in this exact situation, but instead of leaving them in the barn to decay further, has decided to sell them off as a complete package. These project Sprites can be found here on eBay or in Ripon, Wisconsin
The seller bought these cars in ’98 from a barn, with the intention of restoring them, but marriage and a family took priority. They somehow managed to fit these cars in their garage and it looks like a tight fit, but it hopefully protected the cars enough to keep them from rusting away. The seller is including the three rolling cars seen in these pictures, plus another tub and a lot of extra parts in the auction.
There is one ’58, two ’59s, and one ’60, making for a good a range of Sprites. There are complete engines for three of the four cars, including one 950cc, two 1098cc engines, and one unassembled 950cc engine. These cars will need a ton of work, but it appears that one could easily build at least two complete cars with all the parts the seller has.
The Sprite might not be a fast little car, but they are still a blast to drive. The larger 1098 is a popular swap for the Bugeye and increases power from 43 hp to 56, but if either of the smaller engines are the matching numbers engine for these cars, we would want to put them back in their proper engine bays.
The three rolling cars look solid, but the tub looks to be too rough to restore. These are great little sports cars and parts are cheap and plentiful. One could probably put together one of the cars and sell it to pay for the rest. Does this look like a good project for you, or too much to take on?