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1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

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Serial Number: AN5L23091
Logbook: VARA, SVRA, SCCA
Condition: Very Good
Price:  US $30,000 OBO  Currency_Convert
Location: San Diego, CA
 
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Description

1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite race car with log books, open trailer, and spares. ALL STEEL BODY! It has a 948 cc engine that qualifies it for elite vintage events, and has run many times in the Wine Country Classics in Sonoma and the Coronado Speed Festival in San Diego. It continues to be invited to race or display in exclusive vintage events. The car is a recognized in the SVRA Gold Medallion Car Certification Program. Vintage SCCA logbook 19-333 (2 of 3 vintage books, one was lost), and new logbooks from current period, including one for Gold Medallion program. About 12:1 cr, ported and polished cylinder head, cc’d chambers. Dual timing chain with adjustable lightened sprockets. Con rods trued, lightened, balanced and shot pended. Polished crank with Metalistic front damper, lightened steel flywheel and 1-1/4 nine-spring clutch, balanced as an assembly. Rear brake cylinders installed at last service, system completely flushed, shoes and pads are within spec. Safety: Original SCCA rollbar with stamped numbers. Recaro high-top race seat. Front tow hook. Usual prep before every race: Check compression, adjust the valves, check front wheel bearings, check transmission fluid (straight 50 wt), check differential oil (GL4), check wheel alignment, inspect brake pads and shoes, adjust rear brakes, flush brake fluid system with Castrol dot 4, change engine oil (20/50 Kendall or Brad Penn engine oil). Trailer: Vintage custom built tilt-bed steel rail trailer with current registration. The trailer has a hand winch for easy loading. Tires are 2 years new. Motor has some hours on it, but it is ready to race. I don’t drive it hard. It doesn’t smoke, doesn’t burn oil, it maintains same oil pressure as when it was first built, and doesn’t otherwise show signs of fatigue. Minimal blow-by as oil catch tank is always dry. It is never a bad idea to refresh a motor.

History

The car was campaigned as #15 in the day by the original owner, Jim Widgery and family. In 1976, it competed in the 1976 SCCA runoffs at Road Atlanta. It was stored for more than 20 years, sold and restored in 2005, and then actively campaigned recently for more than 10 years with VARA, General Racing, HMSA, and SVRA. VARA HP1 champion 5 times and also won the Sprite Challenge race at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in 2012. This car is well known in the California racing community and is possibly the only period-correct Bugeye Sprite race car on the west coast.

Recent Competition History

VARA HP1 champion 5 times and won the Sprite Challenge race at Buttonwillow in 2012

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