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"Frog Eyed" Austin Sprite by buttonpresser


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Also known as bug eye or frog eye. Now why do you think they called it that?

The Austin-Healey Sprite is a small open sports car which was announced to the press in Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) on 20 May 1958, just before that year’s Monaco Grand Prix. It was intended to be a low-cost model that “a chap could keep in his bike shed”, yet be the successor to the sporting versions of the pre-war Austin Seven. The Sprite was designed by the Donald Healey Motor Company, which received a royalty payment from the manufacturers BMC. It first went on sale at a price of £669, using a mildly tuned version of the Austin A-Series engine and as many other components from existing cars as possible to keep costs down.

This is a mark 1 placing it between 1958 & 1961.

The Sprite was made at the MG sports car factory at Abingdon, Berkshire (actually now in Oxfordshire) and it was inevitable that the success of the design would spawn an MG version known as the Midget, reviving a popular pre-war model name. Enthusiasts often now refer to Sprites and MG Midgets collectively as ‘Spridgets’.

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As a child my plane crashed in the Himalayas & I was raised by an advanced civilisation that taught me photography, ESP & precognition, no, wait that was the Champions wasn’t it?

Ah well, 50+ & getting more muddled by the day.

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  • Berns
    Bernsabout 4 years ago

    Ah!!!!! The Austins! This is a gorgeous capture!

  • Reminds me of the start of the Simpsons. Dah da dah dah da da dah… The Austins…

    – buttonpresser

  • mscott207
    mscott207about 4 years ago

    it’s a BUG EYE!!! what a cool car. i remeber seeing one of these when i was a kid and thinking it was just the coolest looking car ever!! really spectacular comp and execution dave!! bravo!!

  • Thanks a lot Michael,


    – buttonpresser

  • Berns
    Bernsabout 4 years ago

    BTW, I love the bendy reflections to either side of the grille!

  • Cheers Berns,


    – buttonpresser

  • PBWright
    PBWrightabout 4 years ago

    What a happy little Austin!! Cool shot!

  • Thanks Paulette,


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  • LooseImages
    LooseImagesabout 4 years ago

    CUTE car! Love the POV. :)

  • Cheers,


    – buttonpresser

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoabout 4 years ago

    Very cool capture! Love your crop on this…

  • Thanks a lot Bill,


    – buttonpresser

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 4 years ago

    Very COOL capture and concept!

  • Thanks Denis,


    – buttonpresser

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonabout 4 years ago

    Well spotted – Great capture!

  • Cheers Duncan,


    – buttonpresser

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreabout 4 years ago

    Great capture, wonderful pov! :)

  • Thanks Sandra,


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  • CiaoBella
    CiaoBellaabout 4 years ago

    such a cheeky face on it …. great image

  • Thanks CB


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