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The Happy Frog! Ever see a happier looking face on a car in all your life? Austin Healey Sprite piccied at the Greyabbey steam and vintage car rally in August this 2011.

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Austin-Healey Sprite
Manufacturer Austin-Healey
Production 1958-1971
129,347 made
Assembly Abingdon, England
Enfield, New South Wales, Australia 1
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door roadster
Layout FR layout
Related MG Midget

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.

The Sprite was made at the MG sports car factory at Abingdon 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”.

Mark I
Frogeye/Bugeye Austin Healey Sprite Frogeye 1960
Production 1958-1961
48,987 made2
Engine 948 cc (0.9 L) A-Series I4 43HP3
Wheelbase 2,032 mm (80.0 in)4
Length 3,480 mm (137.0 in)4
Width 1,346 mm (53.0 in)4
Height 47.25 in (1,200 mm) (with hood up) 5
Designer Donald Healey

The little Sprite quickly became affectionately known as the “Frogeye” in the UK and the “Bugeye” in the US, because its headlights were prominently mounted on top of the bonnet, inboard of the front wings. The car’s designers had intended that the headlights could be retracted, with the lenses facing skyward when not in use; a similar arrangement was used many years later on the Porsche 928. But cost-cutting by BMC led to the flip-up mechanism being deleted, therefore the headlights were simply fixed in a permanently upright position, giving the car its most distinctive feature.

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Comments

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoalmost 3 years ago

    Cool little car, very nice image!

  • I thank you Bill!

    – oulgundog

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupalmost 3 years ago

    Nice work! Great PoV, though I can’t see how they got the name ;-)

    David

  • Thanks David! Aye odd why it’s called that!

    – oulgundog

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonalmost 3 years ago

    Best smile Ive seen in ages Steve………..cracking shot!!

  • Yes lovely smile .. second only to mine LOL! Thank you Dorothy!

    – oulgundog

  • Woodie
    Woodiealmost 3 years ago

    Great v/p Steve
    Cheers neil

  • I thank you Neil!

    – oulgundog

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonalmost 3 years ago

    Goes wieoot sayin Steve!

  • Gang wieoot sayin’ an awe… but no a patch on yer ain wee smile Dorothy!

    – oulgundog

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago

    STUNNING LOVE !!!

  • I thank you Guenda!

    – oulgundog

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful, what we used to call the Bugeye Sprite! Great image thantks

  • Yep they got called Bugeyed, Goggleeyed, Frogeyed… but were they bovvered…. they just kept smiling! Thanks Glen!

    – oulgundog

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 3 years ago

    LOVE this wee Sprite! My brother-in-law had a white one once upon a time. It was such fun to toot around in! He also had (not all at once) a DKW, a Renault Dauphine, an MGA 1600, an Alfa Giulietta Spider, etc., etc. Now he has a Toyota Prius….

  • LOL.. yep fun an awe !Mmn … belt drive DKW… mnn! Mmn… Renault Dauphine… my father inlaw had one in the barn…he swore was going to be restored…20 years later … the fateful day of decision! They had problems lifting it on the scrap lorry … only the paint was holding the rust together! Now an MG A 1600 and a Alfa to boot.. the man had taste! .. Shame about the Toyota… oh well!

    – oulgundog

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtalmost 3 years ago

    Cool!! Wonderful car and image!! :O]

  • I thank you Tracy … cool car indeed … the heaters weren’t the most reliable! Still thats what long johns and duffle coats were for!

    – oulgundog

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...almost 3 years ago

    Great work!!!

  • I thank you Paul!

    – oulgundog

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