1960 Austin Healey Bug-Eyed Sprite


Auction sold at $18,000

GDA AUCTION SUMMARY

Lot # 185
Seller: tygr frank
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
VIN: AN5L24110
Miles: 51192
Engine: 948cc Inline-4
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Private/Dealer:
Category: Classic Sports
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The Sprite quickly became affectionately known as the “frogeye” in the UK and the “bugeye” in the US because its headlights were prominently mounted on top of the bonnet, inboard of the front wings. The car’s designers had intended that the headlights could be retracted, with the lenses facing skyward when not in use; a similar arrangement was used many years later on the Porsche 928. Cost-cutting by BMC led to the flip-up mechanism being deleted, therefore the headlights were simply fixed in a permanently upright position, giving the car its most distinctive feature. This gave the car its appeal as a result of its much-loved cute appearance. The body was styled by Gerry Coker, with subsequent alterations by Les Ireland following Coker’s emigration to the US in 1957. The car’s distinctive frontal styling bore a strong resemblance to the defunct American 1951 Crosley Super Sport. Exactly 48,987 “frogeye” Sprites were ever made.

This example was part of a predominant Orange County collection for over 10 years. This matching numbers car has covered only 86K Kilometers. The car was restored by the previous owner in beautiful Red/ black and the interior received new upholstery and new paint with less than 800 miles since restoration.

This classic Austin is an original left-hand drive example that has recently received a service including replacements of all fluids, new plugs, timing, new battery, oil change, radiator flush, and tire/brake inspection. The sale includes a black soft top and side curtains. The car has a clean Montana title and no history of accidents. The interior, exterior, and running gear are in very good condition. A unique collector’s item that can be used as a daily driver or a beautiful showpiece.


Auction Result

High Bid $18,000 By Bullfrog8
Auction Ended Feb. 15 at 4:49 pm U.S. Pacific.
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Highest bidder was: bullfrog

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
bullfrog February 15, 2021 12:51 PM $15,000
miniman February 15, 2021 11:47 AM $14,500
bullfrog February 14, 2021 10:04 AM $14,000
miniman February 13, 2021 6:09 PM $13,500
bullfrog February 13, 2021 9:52 AM $12,500
miniman February 13, 2021 8:01 AM $10,500
bullfrog February 13, 2021 12:12 AM $8,000
miniman February 11, 2021 7:59 PM $7,750
Auction started February 15, 2021 4:00 PM
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Garage Dream Auctions
Garage Dream Auctions
5 months ago

Auction purchased by Bullfrog at USD $18,000

Mini world
Mini world
5 months ago

This car is restored. You don’t have to put any money into it. Good luck 👍.

Mini world
Mini world
5 months ago

Who really wants this car 🚗 🚘 🚗 ?

Garage Dream Auctions
Garage Dream Auctions
5 months ago

$15,000 bid placed by Bullfrog

Garage Dream Auctions
Garage Dream Auctions
5 months ago

$14,500 bid placed by Miniman

Mini world
Mini world
5 months ago

This car is so clean. The body is do straight. I missed out on the mini also.

Garage Dream Auctions
Garage Dream Auctions
5 months ago

$14,000 bid placed by Bullfrog

Mini world
Mini world
5 months ago

This car has a cassette player how cool. It has the logo floor mats as well. The best thing it’s a convertible. This a California car for sure.

Algo1
Algo1
5 months ago

A car is worth more than the price because of the memories it brings and the memories it creates. This a show piece of a car.

Garage Dream Auctions
Garage Dream Auctions
5 months ago

$13,500 bid placed by Miniman

HNT Motors
HNT Motors
5 months ago

Sorry to hear your pop is gone, mine too. Cars have always been a part of my life and it is amazing how they bring back great memories. I would love for you to get this car. Feel free to reach out.

bullfrog
bullfrog
5 months ago

My dad had set one of these aside for me when I joined the service… I guess I stayed in too long because the car was gone once I got out. Now he is too and as much as I missed that car I will really miss seeing him smile while this digs into the curves.

Garage Dream Auctions
Garage Dream Auctions
5 months ago

$12,500 bid placed by Bullfrog

Garage Dream Auctions
Garage Dream Auctions
5 months ago

$10,500 bid placed by Miniman

miniman
miniman
5 months ago

Lost out on the Mini but love this one too.

Garage Dream Auctions
Garage Dream Auctions
5 months ago

$8,000 bid placed by Bullfrog

Mini world
Mini world
5 months ago

This Bug-Eyed Sprite is a head turner. They are very special cars. I had one and I gave it to my son. He loves it to death. You don’t see them out there. It looks tip top!

Garage Dream Auctions
Garage Dream Auctions
5 months ago

$7,750 bid placed by Miniman

Mini world
Mini world
5 months ago

This is a a dream car, more than the Austin.

E3002
E3002
5 months ago

Cool little car and I am sure fun to drive.

miniman
miniman
5 months ago

Love these cars, bidding on the 65 Mini now but might also want this one.

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