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The Loveable Austin-Healey Bugeyed Sprite

The "frogeye" or "bugeye" Sprite goes down in history as one of the cars that brought sporty motoring to the people. In 1958, the Sprite was easily the cheapest mass-produced sports car and close to 50,000 sales in three years says it all. The car's low price came from using Austin A35 parts, though the 948cc engine had twin carbs and an extra 9 horsepower. The Sprite used Morris Minor steering and an MG clutch and master cylinders.

 

Simple unibody construction with a large one-piece bonnet whose high headlamps engendered the various nicknames. The car was really quite primitive (no trunklid) and not very fast, but had bags of character and was very tossable. 1,098 and 1,275 cc conversions are not uncommon, and the Sprite MkI is one of the most-raced sports cars of the vintage era. Prices range from $13,000 to $25,000 for top examples.

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(Description courtesy of Sports Car Market magazine)

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.

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