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1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

Highest Bid:
$20,000

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1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

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1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

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1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

High Bidder:  Sniffn4fun

Auction Type:  Reserve

Highest Bid: $20,000 (USD)

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Chassis/VIN:

AN5L34431

Location:

Davenport, Iowa

Odometer:

71,743 (Mi)

Lot Number:

22520757

Engine:

948cc I4

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

Highest Bid: $20,000 (USD)

High Bidder:  Sniffn4fun

Auction Type:  Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

AN5L34431

Location:

Davenport, Iowa

Odometer:

71,743 (Mi)

Lot Number:

22520757

Engine:

948cc I4

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

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Vehicle Story

This 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite has been with the current owner for the last 40 years. It was put through a refurbishment process completed in 2016 that involved the car being repainted, the 948cc inline-4 engine and 4-speed manual transmission being overhauled, and the interior being reupholstered. Features include electronic ignition, dual SU carburetors, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, and polished 13-inch wheels with Kumho tires. Refinished in Honda Cool Turquoise over a newer black leather interior, this "bugeye" Sprite is available now and comes with a black tonneau cover, removable side curtains with storage bags, manufacturer’s literature, service and refurbishment records, and a clean Iowa title in the seller's name.

Introduced as a budget-friendly model for the 1958 model year, the Sprite, colloquially known as the "bugeye," was initially designed to have retractable headlights but was eventually given fixed units to reduce costs. As part of a series of cosmetic and mechanical updates finished in 2016, the body of this 1959 model was refinished in a Honda color known as Cool Turquoise. Features include a chrome mesh grille, dual side mirrors, chrome rear bumperettes, and a driver-side exhaust outlet as well as a black tonneau cover and removable side curtains. The seller notes there are chips in the paint, which can be seen in the photo gallery to the right.

The car rolls on a set of silver 13-inch Minilite-style wheels with Austin-Healey center caps and Kumho Solus tires.

During the cosmetic overhaul, the interior was fitted with black leather replacement bucket seats, a black dashboard, and black vinyl door panel inserts. It comes equipped with black carpeting, a wood-rimmed 3-spoke steering wheel, a wood shift knob, a dash-mounted rearview mirror, and a passenger-side grab handle.

The Smiths instrumentation consists of a 100-mph speedometer, 6K-rpm tachometer, and gauges for the fuel level, oil pressure, and water temperature. The 5-digit mechanical odometer shows 71,743 miles.

Under the front-hinged hood is a refurbished 948cc inline-4 engine equipped with a green valve cover, twin SU carburetors, and electronic ignition. According to the seller, the spark plugs were replaced in October of 2021. Power is sent to the road through an overhauled 4-speed manual gearbox. The underside of the car features a rear drive axle refinished in black.

A black tonneau cover, removable side curtains with storage bags, manufacturer’s literature, and service and refurbishment records are included with the sale of the vehicle.

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Comments & Questions

June 14, 2022
11:43 AM

BID: $18,875

June 14, 2022
11:43 AM

BID: $18,375

June 14, 2022
11:42 AM

BID: $17,550

June 14, 2022
11:41 AM

BID: $17,050

June 14, 2022
11:23 AM

BID: $16,250

June 14, 2022
11:11 AM

BID: $15,750

June 14, 2022
11:10 AM

BID: $15,000

June 14, 2022
11:00 AM
Seller

@monkeybiz – I'm new to AutoHunter. Sniffb4fun has placed the last four bids, increasing the price from $10,275 to $14,250 without another bidder involved. Is this a common practice and/or a strategy? ...

Monkeybiz I am also new to Autohunter and have no idea.

June 14, 2022
10:54 AM

I'm new to AutoHunter. Sniffb4fun has placed the last four bids, increasing the price from $10,275 to $14,250 without another bidder involved. Is this a common practice and/or a strategy?

June 14, 2022
10:46 AM

BID: $14,250

June 14, 2022
10:35 AM

BID: $12,700

June 14, 2022
10:21 AM
Seller

@oneprw – Do you have the front bumper and if so, what condition is it in. Thank you, Paul ...

Paul, I do have a piece of metal that looks like it could be the bumper. It was not on the car when I bought it but behind the seats in the storage area . I did not have it chromed along with the grill and little bumprettes(?) as I didn't know what it was ....interesting that I have never been asked about it before. Of course they might have expected as a woman I didn't know better or didn't have it It will of course go with the car. Thanks for the information...

June 14, 2022
09:45 AM

BID: $12,125

June 14, 2022
08:39 AM

BID: $10,775

June 14, 2022
08:23 AM

Do you have the front bumper and if so, what condition is it in. Thank you, Paul

June 14, 2022
07:32 AM

BID: $10,275

June 13, 2022
10:50 PM

BID: $9,650

June 13, 2022
05:39 PM

BID: $9,550

June 13, 2022
05:37 PM

BID: $8,500

June 13, 2022
01:36 PM

BID: $8,250

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