1960 Austin-Healey Sprite

Mk I Bugeye
Uniqueness before beauty?
Thursday, 22 September - Saturday, 24 September
Sale Price
$25,000 - $35,000
Est. Range
24 September 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Modified restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. AN5L31345; Engine no. 9C-U-H/31125. Old English White with tan cloth top over red piped in white. 948 with Judson supercharger, 4-speed, aluminum radiator, hub caps and trim rings, Vredestein tires, AutoMeter boost gauge for the blower.

Evaluation: Very good, shiny paint. The door gaps are uneven and there is a small chip in front of the passenger’s door. Visible wear and age on the steering wheel, dash and gauges which are probably original, but the seats and carpets look brand new. A cool Bugeye with period performance upgrades.

Bottom Line: While not exactly “fast,” this supercharged Sprite will nevertheless feel like it is, especially for those brave enough to mix it up with the SUVs on the highway. It’s a solid example, too, even by the standards of a Bugeye, which are generally much higher than later Sprites/Midgets given their higher value. The attractive condition and the Judson blower make this a very appealing car, and the new owner paid full retail for it.

by Andrew Newton
1 October 2022
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Condition #1: Concours
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Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
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Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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