Bug or Frog? 1960 Austin Healey Sprite Mk I

The Austin Healey Bugeye (or Frogeye if you are British) Sprite is a car that can always put a smile on your face.  Its own bug eating grill is permanently frozen with a look of glee and optimism — you just can’t hate the little guy.  Find this 1960 Austin Healey Sprite Mk I here on eBay bidding for $9,382 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go, located in Bingen, WA.

The Mk I Sprite was released in 1959 with a manufacturer’s specified retail price of £669.  It offered a simple open-top motoring experience at a minimum cost, part of which lead to its distinctive looks.  When first designed (by Gerry Coker and Les Ireland), the headlights were supposed to be exposed pop-up lights (think Porsche 928/968) but the pop-up mechanism was removed and the headlights were left at permanent attention.  

Power comes from BMC’s A-series inline-4, a puny little 948cc machine (borrowed from the Austin A35, but upgraded with twin carbs) that puts out 43 horsepower into a 4-speed manual gearbox.  

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