1960 Austin Healey Sprite – Baldwin, KS

Seller offering a 1960 Austin Healey Sprite with undisclosed miles for $12,500.   Seller purchased this example from a friend and has honored their wish for it to remain original.   Other than a rebuilt original motor and electric fuel pump that was done by a previous owner, seller only notes that he has “massaged” the carburators which involved replacing the plastic floats with brass and outfitted it with new tires.  Comes with a jack, side curtains, a newer top, and factory hard top with original “glass” rear window.   The white body and matching red interior and hard top look to be in great condition.

The 1960 Sprite was a part of the Mark I series which includes the iconic “bugeye” lights (called “frogeyes” if you’re in the UK).  The lights were initially designed to be retractable.  Cost cutting by BMC led to the retractable design being sidelined.   From 1958 – 1961 the Sprite was equipped with a 4-cylinder, 948cc A-Series I4 engine that produced 43 hp, 52 lbs/ft torque, a 0-60 time of 20.5 seconds, and a top speed of almost 83 mph.  Seller notes that if he wants to go fast, there is another vehicle to do that.  The rack and pinion steering was derived from the Morris Minor 1000 and the front suspension from the Austin A35.   Common with these coupes, there was no lid for the trunk (the “boot” if your in the UK) and no exterior door handles. Nearly 50,000 “bugeye” Sprites were made.   Check out the listing on Craigslist for more details and seller’s contact information.