1959 Austin Healey MK I Sprite"Bugeye"

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Technical specifications

Manufacturer:Austin Healey
Color:Leaf Green
Interior Color:Black
Engine:0.9L 948CC 58Cu. In. l4 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
Number of Cylinders:4
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This Bugeye has spent its entire life in dry, sunny Northern California.
When it comes to documentation, consider that the Bugeye has the following:
- Low mileage - ( ~ 68,000 mi.)
- Full Binder of information and receipts
- Several books on the Austin Healey Sprite: Originality guide, concourse CD, restoration guide, shop manuals, engine tuning manual, history of Austin Healey
- 1/18 scale die-cast model is included
- BMC Heritage Certificate is included
- Custom fitted car cover
- Old Style Square "Pink Slip" title
- ORIGINAL Austin Healey Sprite Driver's Handbook (Dated July, 1958)

A close inspection / evaluation of the car reveal the following:
- Unbelievably RUST FREE Body, Chassis & Engine Bay
- No signs of Body Damage or Repairs
- One Re-Paint in original Leaf Green (Original Green Car)
- Original Engine
- Replacement, factory style braided wiring harness
- Replacement water pump, radiator hoses and clamps
- Functional Lighting System, Turn Signals, etc.
- Original Transmission
- Includes Original, Nice Un-Restored Side Curtains / Side Windows (See photos)
- Tonneau Cover
- Convertible Top that is brand new
- Original Convertible Top Bows
- Original Spare fastened with factory leather tie down strap & extremely clean / rust free rear cargo area with no damage

- Really cool original carburetor / choke linkage (refer to photos)
- Factory original / stock air cleaners
- Original wheels / hubcaps
- All original gauges
- Rubber matting on floors / rear areas
- Rubber inside door panels
- Factory spare mounted with factory fastner
- Original "California" chrome bumpers & trim (Very Good Condition with Patina)
- Original side curtains / trim
- Master cylinder replaced
- New battery
- New ignition switch
The chassis and suspension components on the Sprite are also very straight, and original with the exception of the front disc brakes (one of the few mechanical modifications / improvements to the Bugeye). The exhaust has a wonderful throaty note that will bring back memories to enthusiasts that have a memory of good times in these cars.
An inspection with a flashlight of the rear area (behind the front seats) reveals a dry, rust free rear storage area. Not only is the area free from rust throughout, it is also damage free and there is no indication of rear end damage, or damage to the supporting rear inner structural member. Other sign of absolutely rust free area is the spare tire well that remains 100% free of any moisture and even the slightest hint of rust, or surface rust.
Subsequent to the Bugeye being repainted several years ago, it has been always garaged when not in use. The paint is uniform, free from fading and does not show any areas of major damage, or signs of previous repair. The paint work, while not completed to a "show level", is very good showing only minor imperfections from use over the years, most of which can only be noticed upon a close, critical inspection of the car. There are a few minor scratches that have been touched up with matching paint, but no indication of any accident damage and it appears evident that the car has its original bonnet and body panels.
The body gaps on the Bugeye are also very good and do not indicate any damage. The doors fit solidly and close well. Also, the hood is equipped with the front handle (almost always missing on the Bugeye hood) that locks as it should. The hood supports function properly, holding the hood in the open position.
The beading between the fenders is in very good condition and is free from rust, even in the lower areas of the front hood (bonnet where there is generally rusting and/or splitting of the fender beading / welting). Please refer to the detailed photographs to see the quality of the "bonnet", and beading.
While the trim on a Bugeye is relatively minimal, what is there is in good, to excellent condition. Specifically, the interior compartment trim (surrounding the door/dash area) is good. The rear "bumperettes" are in good straight condition, no peeling chrome but showing the patina and minor, fine scratches that come with age. The often times missing front bumper is in place and the chrome is very good, indeed.
The front grill is in very good condition (again, totally free of rust), and straight having survived all of these years in really nice condition with good chrome. The lenses, front and rear, are in excellent condition, free from noticeable cracks and damage.
It is a lovely car that has been well cared for, and one that has seen occasional, fair weather, weekend use.

The interior on the Bugeye shows very well. The dash, side door panels and even the rear trunk panels are in really nice condition. The carpet is black in color and the front and rear sections have rubber mats as would have been correct "in the day."
The interior has no significant signs of wear although it was re-done some time ago, it has held up very well. The seats are firm and the seat frames are also in excellent condition. The same is true with the door panels, dash and other trim areas that have been recovered with the matching fabric.
The inside door latches work well. The original side windows are included with the Bugeye, but have not been used in years. They are in totally original condition, as the photographs reflect.
The dash is also very nice and contains the original, Bugeye gauges along with the original switches and knobs. The car has received the benefit of a new, cloth wiring harness that was originally fitted to the Sprite. The original gauges are in place as are the other toggle switches. The original signal toggle operates the turn signals, and is fully functional for turn signals both front and rear. The light switch (surrounding the ignition) is functional, and turns on the headlights and the bright lights. The tail lights and even the license plate light work. Also, the dash lights work.
The speedometer is fully functional and the car retains the original tach drive on the back of a factory (appears to be original) generator. The tach drive and gage works perfectly.
The original heater pull knob has been restored, and works perfectly with the original functional heater box, and cannot be replaced via the aftermarket (i.e, Moss Motors).
The wheels are in good condition and the tires are brand new. The front hood emblem is in place and in very good condition. The spare tire remains in its original location and has not been removed from the car. It is held in place by the original fastener.

The car has received the benefit of improved front brakes (discs from a later Austin Healey) and seat belts. The brakes are a wonderful improvement over the factory, inadequate front drum brakes of the era. While neither of these changes is immediately recognizable (to other than the true Bugeye enthusiast/aficionado), they make the car considerably more drivable, and safe.
The engine on the Bugeye is very strong and does not smoke, or have an unusual engine noise. It has 60lbs of oil pressure when warm and runs cool. The Bugeye has excellent power through all of the gears and does not hesitate, or exhibit any drivability problems. The undercarriage certainly does not show excessive oil/leaking for an un-restored British vehicle of this vintage and the cleanliness of both the engine and transmission further document the freshening of these units.
The Bugeye starts immediately in the morning and during the day regardless of the temperature. The gauges provide positive readings with very high oil pressure when the engine is warm, or cold. The battery hold a charge over a long period of time and the car has always started, even after sitting for a few weeks/months. This is a reliable, vintage Austin Healey Bugeye, to be sure.
The transmission shifts well and there is no noise in the rear end, or transmission. The clutch engages and does not chatter or make noise.

The braking system (front disc brakes) stops the car straight and sure and the car does not exhibit any unusual handling, or drivability issues. The steering is tight and precise, and the car handles great.

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