In the years following World War II, returning G.I.s brought back a number of small, European sports cars, and in particular succeeded in popularizing a handful of marques from the UK. Among those most favored by the returning forces were the Austin Healey two-seat roadsters.
By the late 1950s the company had become fairly popular in the US and was seeking to develop a product which was somewhat more affordable than their expensive upper shelf of automobiles. To this end the compact Sprite, or "Bugeye" as it became affectionately known, was constructed as a two seat, four speed, 948cc, 1500 lb, roadster with exceptional handling and spirited performance.
This 1961 Bugeye Sprite was a lifelong Washington State car prior to coming to the St. Louis area 4 years ago. While in Washington, it received a complete bare metal cosmetic restoration, and mechanical restoration. The restoration is just 5 years old, and the car has been driven less than 1,000 miles during the summer time since the work was performed. The upgraded 1250cc engine has been rebuilt and runs like a top and the 4-speed gearbox cranks through the gears. It makes a whopping 40-50 HP but this little rocket only weighs 1,500 lbs and is a blast through the curves. The Healey has just received a fresh tune up, new tires, an alignment and is ready to carve corners.
The white paint over red interior is a classy stand-out-combination and the interior has been kitted out with new seat covers and carpeting.
For the British Car Enthusiast looking for lots of fun in a small package, this Austin Healey is hard to drive without a big smile on your face.