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INCLUDED IN THE PURCHASE PRICE

+  All trophies won from various car shows (4)

+  Dust cover for the entire car while in storage $80

+  New convertible top that has never been installed.  $400

+  Convertible top frame $500

+  Tonneau Cover like new $300

+  Side Curtain…the sliding kind.  $500 never used

+  Photo album showing before, during and after the restoration

+  All invoices paid during the restoration by the restorator

+  All invoices I paid while I owned the Bug Eye  (7 years)

+  1 big tee shirts with the British Flag on the front

+  2 Bug Eye baseball hats

+  Numerous small Bug Eye pins

+  1 Bug Eye Sprite Accessories & Parts Catalog

+  VHS tape of the Bug Eye being featured on National TV

Between 1959 and 1961 50,000 Austin Healey Bug Eyed Sprites were imported into the United States.  Few are left and only just a few are in showroom shape and I am selling mine.

In 1960 as a 22 year old, I purchased a 1-year-old Bug Eye.  Drove it for 3 years and then I traded it in for a big car.  Fifty-three years later, I spent 4 months searching the USA for a completely restored Bug Eye in tiptop shape. They were difficult to find. I wanted to relive my youth while I had time to be youthful again, not spending time restoring an old rust bucket.  The second owner of this car was in Indiana.  He owned and stored the car for 34 years.  His wife told him she would do his chores around the house (mow the lawn, carry out the garbage etc.) while he was to completely restore the Bug Eye.  She told him he had 2 and a half years to complete the restoration as she wanted him to enter his restoration work in an area wide restoration contest and she wanted him to win first place.  And he did.

After purchasing the car, I became long distance phone friends with Jim, the restorer.  The above is where I got the info on his ownership of the Bug Eye.

INFO ON THE BUG EYE THAT WAS PASSED ON TO ME FROM THE SELLER THAT I AM PASSING ON TO YOU

Binders

Austin Healey Mark 1 Workshop Manual

Factory part numbers for Austin Healey Sprite 1958-thru 1961

Tech-Tips for the Austin Healey Sprite

Restoration picture album and video lDVD of Speed Vision (Speed Channel featuring this Bug Eye

Books

Austin- Healey Sprite Drivers Hand BooK (July 1958)

Guide to purchase & D.I.Y. restoration of the MG Midget & Austin Healey Sprite

The Car Bodywork Repair Manual and the MG Midget & Austin Healey Sprite by Lindsay Porter

Austin Healey “Frogeye” Sprite 1958-1961 Collection #1

MG and Austin Healey Spridgets by Chris Harvey

Su Carburetors Tuning Tips and Techniques

Cars the Classics 1945- Present Day

Austin Healey Magazine (chatter / Marque ) monthly 1984 thru 2010

UPDATES

Electronic Ignition

Temperature Controlled Radiator fan with manual control

Audible Sound for turn signal

Tow Bar Hookup (Hooks to running lights & turn signals

Luggage Rack

Interior Heat/Sound insulation

Oil Filter Housing replaced spin on unit

Hydrdaulic system converted to silicon fluid

Car cover included

MARK 1 FACTORY OPTIONS INCLUDED

Front Bumper with over riders

Hard Top

Tonneau Cover

Rev Counter

Wind Screen Washer

Laminated Wind Screen

ADWARDS

Austin Healey Conclave 2000 – Award of Excellence (Popularity

Indyfest return to Zionsville 2001 – First Place (Central Indiana Austin Healey Club)

Indy British motor days – featuring Austin Healey – Award of Excellence

ALL OF THE ABOVE WAS INCLUDED WHEN I PURCHASED THE BUG EYE AND CAME IN A CARDBOARD BOX WHICH I HAVE NEVER GONE THROUGH AND PASS ON TO YOU, THE NEW OWNER. 

AWARD

I entered the Bug Eye into the La Quinta, CA Car Show 2016 and won the People’s Choice First Place Award.

 

 

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1429867
  • Price:$27,950
  • Location:La Quinta, California
  • Year:1959
  • Make:Austin-Healey
  • Model:Bugeye
  • Exterior Color:WHITE
  • Interior Color:RED
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:91094
  • Convertible:Yes

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