Catfish Eye’d: 1962 Austin Healey Sprite
The Austin Healey Sprite was this cute little bug-eye (or frog eye depending on who was asking) 2-seater that was upgraded in mid 1961 to something less cute but equally cool. The new “square body” Mark II Sprite was also badge engineered to make the MG Midget, but today we’ve got something unique. It has a custom front end with big Mazda lookin smile and custom hardtop that is not show in the pictures. But at the current asking price, if it runs and drive nicely it is a winner. Find this 1962 Austin Healey Sprite offered for $7500 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
1962 austin healey sprite
cylinders: 4 cylinders
paint color: custom
title status: clean
Beautiful 1962 Austin Healey Sprite (non-Bugeye) with custom bonnet and hardop.
1275cc engine with Weber carb, header and electronic ignition and alternator
Manual 4-speed gearbox has recently been rebuilt.
recently has been stored in Calif as “non-operational”. Last registered in 2018 in CA.
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That white paint in the “mouth” isn’t doing this any favors, and I’m sort of curious about the offset of the front wheels and just what the disk brake setup is. Not curious to find out and buy it, but just the “I wonder if they know what they are doing or is this a death trap?” sort of curious. The MkII sprites had the top of the wheelwell squared off because the opening trunk made the car too flexy without that extra metal, so I would wonder if steps were taken to stiffen things up. like I said, I wonder if they know what they are doing, or is this a death trap?
Looks like fun otherwise If a bit pricey.