1960 Austin Healey Sprite – DeSoto, KS

Seller offering a 1960 Austin Healey Sprite with 72,000 miles for $13,500.   Updated Nevada Beige paint over new blue interior and carpet.   Pictures appear to show newer or refurbished leather pull-downs. Disc brakes on front wheels, wire wheels with knock offs, new black top and side curtains.  Seller doesn’t mention whether a hard top is included. Seller says the vehicle runs very well.

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.  If you want 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 seller’s listing on Craigslist for more details and  contact information.

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