The Bugeyed was the first Sprite ever, designed to serve as a cheap two-seat sports car replacing the MG Midget. It came out inafter not much development since most of its parts were familiar from BMC. However, its chassis was completely unique, as was its styling, dedicated to keeping the car light enough to make it fun with a tiny 43hp 0.
Beautiful car to drive, brings the passion back to driving. More photopraphs upon request, if seriously interested an inspection and test drive will be arranged. Missing one exaust valve and is cracked both sides of the valve seat see picshas thermostat and housing, rocker cover and oil cap.
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I am selling my Bug Eye Sprite. The car is a custom hand built body. The best I can figure out is that it was totaled very early on.
If you love completely immaculate classic cars, this is a rare find! If you like absolutely immaculate and high level restorations, then this is worth a serious look! This Midge is the product of an obsessive restorer who completely went over every single square inch of this car, and did it all extremely well.
Equally at home whether being used for racing, rallying, hillclimbing, sprinting, trialling or auto-testing, these diminutive machines were and are truly competitive and in talented hands always capable of some giant-slaying results. Not already a member of Shannons Club? Sign up it's free and anyone can join!
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The first version, announced at the end of June was essentially a slightly more expensive badge-engineered version of the MkII Austin-Healey Sprite deluxe version. The original 'frogeye' Sprite had been introduced specifically to fill the gap in the market left by the end of production of the MG T-type Midget as its replacement, the MGA had been a significantly larger and more expensive car with greater performance. Many existing MG buyers turned to the Sprite to provide a modern low-cost sports car and so a badge-engineered MG version reusing the Midget name made sense. The new Midget differed from the Sprite only in grille design, badging, improved interior trim, better instruments and added external polished trim to justify its higher price.
Remember Me. A grinning oval grille and two headlamps fastened to the bonnet gave it a bug-eyed look that has endeared it to classic car collectors out of all proportion to its actual utility. In a new and improved model was released, with the fenders, hood and trunk lid of a real car.