1958 Austin- Healey ‘ Bug Eyed’ Sprite

Mileage 42,251
Engine 948 cc
Rego S156 CAV
Launched by Austin-Healey in 1958 as an affordable sports car alongside the 100/6, the original "Bugeye" Sprite was a surprisingly innovative design, being the first British sports car to feature unitary construction. Developed by Gerry Coker, Donald and Geoffrey Healey, the Sprite’s monocoque chassis followed contemporary race car practice and was closely modelled on Jaguar’s D-type, providing a lightweight and exceptionally strong structure. Two of the more unusual features were the hinged front body section, giving excellent access to the engine bay, and the lack of a boot. Under the simple but distinctive lines, the Sprite was essentially made up of familiar components drawn from the BMC parts bin, including the A35's engine (albeit with twin SUs to boost performance), four-speed gearbox, back axle and front suspension. The rack and pinion steering was sourced from the Morris Minor and Lockheed 7-inch drums proved more than. The BMC A-series engine displaced 948cc and produced 43 horsepower at 5200 rpm, providing “Sprightly” performance   This particular car was subject to a bare metal restoration with detailed pictures available. Comes with invoices , owners manual and workshop manual. A stunning example in deep green this car really is a credit to its current owners. Rarely seen for sale we look forward to your enquiry. Contact Ben Finnis today 0411 744 190 or Brenton 0418 920 920 Interstate transport can be arranged. Finance available. All cars inspected by our fully trained mechanics.   Over 50 x Classics in stock and more arriving daily . Go to http://www.collectableclassiccars.com.au MORE CLASSIC CARS WANTED. CONTACT BEN FINNIS TODAY Collectable Classic Cars & Bikes - Strathalbyn SA Est 1989  
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