The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. We make the process of selling your Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Sprite was a small convertible sports car built between 1958–1971 by the British Motor Company, or BMC. Assembly was done at their plants in Abingdon, England and Enfield, New South Wales, Australia. The Sprite was built alongside MG cars on the same assembly lines. It took its model name from a model of MG built between from the 1920s to 1950s.
The first generation models got the nickname “Bugeye” from their distinctive headlights, which resembled the eyes of bugs, sticking out from the front. In England they referred to the Sprite Mark I as the “Frog eye.”
Austin-Healey built Sprite versions for Europe, North America, and Australia. They were all of the 2-door roadster body type. They used RWD (rear-wheel drive) and manual 4-speed transmission. Their petrol (gasoline) engines were small, with displacement of just 948 cm3 or 57.9 cubic inch displacement. The advertised power was just 48 horsepower and torque was 71 Nm / 52 lb-ft. The engine was derived from the one in the Austin A35 and Morris Minor 1000 models, but was upgraded with twin 1 1⁄8 inch SU carburettors.
This may not sound like much, but it was a very light car with a base curb weight of just 670 kg or 1,477 lbs. Its top speed was 133 km/h or 83 mph. It took a while to get up to full speed, as it had a 0-60 mph time of 19 seconds and a 0-100 km/h time of 21.5 seconds. The 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) was 21.5 seconds. Yet, it still felt spirited and fun to drive. It made for a great daily driver, especially for urban dwellers. The fuel consumption and mileage were great at average 31.6 mpg.