1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite Original Low Mileage Survivor Leaf Green

1960 Austin Healey Sprite green

Make: Austin Healey
Model: Sprite
Type: Convertible
Trim: green
Year: 1960
Mileage: 44,435
VIN: AN5-L/18133
Color: Green
Engine: 948cc
Cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Green
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
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  • I am offering my original survivor 1960 Austin Healy leaf green "bugeye" Sprite VIN AN 5L / 18408 and engine 9C-U-H 18133 for sale . I purchased it from the niece of the original owner. I have a hand written log of service, fuel use and oil changes that dates from the day of purchase 10/24/59. The last entry was 8/11/83 when it had 43,801 miles. Currently it has around 44,435 original miles. His niece put 360 miles on the car and I added 240 miles. I have owned the car for 5 years and have driven it very little. I have other interests and I'm reluctantly selling it. I do have a British Heritage certificate that confirms the body, chassis and engine numbers.

    The number on the right door hinge post is BAE 17375. The left number is AN 517236.

    Body
    I am not an expert so I have taken many photos. There has been no crash damage. The paintwork is original but dull and oxidized. There are several scratches and chips. There is a dent/scratch on the driver door. The panel gaps are consistent with the factory standards. The panels are straight and flat with the exception of the rear deck. Someone has likely sat on it creating a soft dent that was pushed out. The floors and rockers are original. There is no significant rust. The typical superficial rust is present. There are no bubbles or perforations. It has a used serviceable top that fits well. It also has yellowed original side curtains. The top frame is original. There is a vintage tonneau with a broken zipper. It has Vredestein Sprint Classic tires that are near new. The windshield is clear and has been replaced at some time. It is not cracked.

    Drivetrain
    The engine is the original 948cc. It starts easily and does not smoke. It is a very nice driver. Oil pressure is excellent and above 50#. There are no abnormal noises and no significant oil leaks. The transmission is the original and has not been rebuilt. It shifts smoothly and does not pop out of gear. These gear boxes are not synchronized in first. The rear end is quiet. It has a new brake/clutch master cylinder. The brake pedal is soft so it's due for bleeding. The drums and shoes are near new. The steering is tight and original. It has the original Dunlop Gold Seal spare. It still has Lucas period headlamps. The gas tank was replaced by the previous owner.

    Interior
    The interior is original as seen in the photos. It was a barn find so it does have rodent damage as seen. They did not damage the seats. The gauges with the exception of the gas gauge work as well as lights, horn and turn signals. Extra gauges were added as seen. There is a vacuum, oil temp and ammeter . They are all vintage Smith Warner. The turn signal with was moved so the right hand could be kept on the steering wheel when signaling. It has the original tool bag that is in good condition.

    General

    This is a low mileage bugeye. It has the original leaf green paint that has not been touched up. It is ready to be driven and enjoyed. There aren't many original bugeyes that remain. Hopefully the new owner will appreciate the originality and not restore it.
    Other projects dictate sale. I am not an expert so ask questions.

    Terms of the sale

    I will provide a good Kansas antique title that is in my name.
    I encourage all bidders to inspect the car prior to bidding. I live 90 minutes from Kansas City International Airport. Appointments can be made to view the car. I will answer any and all questions to the best of my knowledge. I want the new owner to be happy with the purchase.
    There will be no inspection period or additional negotiation following the end of the auction. Resolve all questions prior to the end of the auction.
    Buyer agrees that he/she is purchasing this car "as is...where is" condition without written or expressed warranty.

    I will not ship. That will be up to the buyer to arrange. I will be available to help load.I request a $300 deposit through Pay Pal within 24 hours of purchase and the remaining balance paid within 7 days.

    Thanks for your interest.