1960 Austin-Healey

Sprite

$22,497

1960 Austin-Healey Sprite
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Taste of Britain 1960 Austin-Healey Bug Eye

History
In 1958, England's Austin-Healey sports car company launched its tiny Bugeye Sprite, for the sports car world, it was a newsworthy launch.

Austin-Healey was then known for its larger, high-powered sports cars, the “Big Healeys,” as they'd be referred to in relation to the little Sprite.

Why This Car Is Special
The Austin-Healey Sprite like we have at Skyway Classics, was affordable and simplistic, the Sprite was a step between a diminutive 750cc Berkeley and a 1.5-liter MGA. With a 948cc engine producing around 48 hp, the Sprite was adequately quick for a car of its class.

But it wasn't just about speed. It was about building an honest-to-goodness sports car that anyone with a decent job could afford to buy, drive to work on weekdays, and then race at the track on weekends. It was cheap at $1795 and simple to work on. Its clamshell hood allowed easy access to the engine and just about every other component forward of the cabin.

Mechanical Specs
The car drives wonderfully, with its 57.8 cu in/948cc OHV I-4 engine with 2×2-bbl carburetors. The power and torque are 55 hp @ 5800 rpm, 59 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm. It is shifted by a 4-speed manual, with the suspension has control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar, with leaf springs.

The engine looks stock and the inline 4 cylinder is mated to a four speed transmission. Brakes are the original drum set-up that has been replaced.

The performance was 0-60 mph: 14.2 sec, quarter mile: 20.0 sec @ 69 mph, as tested by Road & Track Magazine back in August 1960.

Interior
The black vinyl interior looks pretty much factory stock with the addition of a custom steering wheel, some performance gauges, newer carpet and door panels, and custom trim.

Exterior
This 1960 Austin Healey Sprite we have at Skyway Classics is known affectionately as the “Bugeye” due to its unique headlamp fairings. Motor enthusiasts and critics alike loved the looks and handling, and you will love the bright yellow paint on great body panels. The Sprite rides on custom 4-spoke black mag wheels and performance tires.

Conclusion
If you the buyer of this car is looking for a close-to-stock Bugeye then this one makes great sense. Park this in your garage for great fun anytime!

So give us a call at 941-254-6608.

We also finance! Check out our financiers here at https://www.skywayclassics.com/financiers

In the meantime, check out this vehicle on our Skyway Classics blog here at https://www.skywayclassics.com/blog

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
1275 CC
Fuel Specification
91 Octane or below

Body

Body Color
Yellow
Body Style
Convertible
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1960
Make
Austin-Healey
Model
Sprite
Miles
78,980

Interior

Interior Color
Black
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
No
Engine Size
1275 CC
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Body Style
Convertible
Miles
78,980
Vin
21933
Stock
199-FL

Estimated Monthly payment

$197.11

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