1960 Austin-Healey Sprite

Mk I Bugeye
Bonhams Scottsdale 2022
Thursday, 27 January
Sale Price
$25,000 - $35,000
Est. Range
27 January 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. AN5L34872; Engine no. 9M-U-H 372633. Iris Blue with black vinyl top over black vinyl piped in white. 948/43hp, 4-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, Dunlop tires, heater, wood shift knob, top and side curtains.

Evaluation: Not much history represented, but well-restored at some point with sound older paint, straight body, and very good interior. The engine bay shows only mild use. The top and side curtains are in good shape and fit tightly. A clean, cute, and correct Bugeye.

Bottom Line: A whole 20 years ago, this Bugeye sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale for $9450. The restoration has mellowed but it’s still a solid and fun car. For whatever reason, despite strong money almost everywhere else for almost every type of car in Scottsdale this year, the Sprite sold for well under its presale estimate. One of Arizona 2022’s few modest buys, which makes for even more of the fun per dollar and smiles per gallon that you get with these pocket-sized roadsters.

by Andrew Newton
4 February 2022
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