It never fails, every time we see a Bugeye Sprite we can’t help but smile. These little sports cars just look so happy and fun, that when we see one we think about how much fun it would be to take it for a spin. Someone started restoring this 1960 Austin Healey Sprite, but never finished. It’s a very solid car and would make for a great project. It’s currently in Alamo, California and can be found here on eBay.
The Sprite’s interior is very simple, but effective. This one has been stripped down and will need to be put back together. The simplicity of the Bugeye makes it a great choice for racing. If the new owner decides to race this car the work of stripping the car out is already done for them, just install new seat covers, add a roll bar, harasses, and possibly a new steering wheel and it would be ready to go.
The small 948 cc straight four that powers the Bugeye only produces 43 hp, but given the size and weight of the car it doesn’t need a lot of power. Because of how affordable these cars were new, they were a very popular choice for motorsports and there is a lot of information on improving their performance. Parts are also very plentiful and easy to get, both for restoration or racing.
This car was obviously repainted red some time ago, but was originally Leaf Green. We actually think it would look better in its original color. It looks alright as is and would work for a driver or track car. Bugeyes in this solid of condition are starting to become hard to find. It would make for a great candidate for either a restoration or a track car, but deciding what to do with it would be tough. One could always just put the interior back together and just enjoy it as is.