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1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

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$14,000

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1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

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1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

High Bidder:  PhilTr65

Auction Type:  Reserve

Highest Bid: $14,000 (USD)
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Chassis/VIN:

AN5L34431

Location:

Davenport, Iowa

Odometer:

71,743 (Mi)

Lot Number:

24392742

Engine:

948cc I4

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

Highest Bid: $14,000 (USD) Reserve Not Met

High Bidder:  PhilTr65

Auction Type:  Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

AN5L34431

Location:

Davenport, Iowa

Odometer:

71,743 (Mi)

Lot Number:

24392742

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.  The car is being re-listed due to the previous buyer backing out through no fault of the seller or the car. 

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

July 18, 2022
11:37 AM

BID: $14,000

July 18, 2022
11:37 AM

BID: $13,500

July 18, 2022
11:08 AM

BID: $13,000

July 17, 2022
09:31 AM

BID: $12,500

July 17, 2022
05:13 AM

BID: $12,000

July 16, 2022
08:26 PM

BID: $8,000

July 16, 2022
09:13 AM
Seller

RedFred 3 I answered your question about the paint chips and damaged grille but dont see it....did you get it by some other means

July 15, 2022
05:18 PM

BID: $7,500

July 15, 2022
05:04 PM

BID: $6,900

July 15, 2022
03:42 PM

BID: $6,500

July 15, 2022
07:35 AM

BID: $6,100

July 14, 2022
07:15 PM

BID: $6,000

July 14, 2022
12:26 PM

BID: $5,700

July 14, 2022
10:33 AM

@HPDBOB – Thanks , have any videos of it starting and driving around. We’re in Miami and interested ...

Videos have been uploaded in the gallery

July 14, 2022
10:33 AM

@Matthew – Please post some videos of it running and driving. It seems like there is a braking issue (the wooden block under tire, the wheels turned hard right and one wheel on grass)... ...

Videos have been uploaded in the gallery

July 13, 2022
02:54 PM

BID: $5,600

July 13, 2022
10:03 AM

BID: $5,500

July 13, 2022
09:39 AM

BID: $5,200

July 11, 2022
02:46 PM
Seller

Matthew My photos were taken by a professional car photographer so not sure why he has the tire turned, or parked on the grass. I do have 4 videoes of my driving, showing turn signals all work, windsheild wipers, lights etc. I am old and don't do computers well but will have Grandson reload those. Not sure where they went. Also available on Utube. There is no braking problem and the emergency brake works fine . I just always put that little piece of wood there. Appreciate your patience

July 11, 2022
02:16 PM
Bidder

Please post some videos of it running and driving. It seems like there is a braking issue (the wooden block under tire, the wheels turned hard right and one wheel on grass)...

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