Lot 611- 1959 Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite Racecar

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1959 Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite Racecar.

It is perhaps better known in North America as the Bugeye, and elsewhere as the Frogeye. This nickname is owing to the unique headlight mounting, sitting as they do on the bonnet in two pods. This peculiar arrangement was the result of a cost-cutting design compromise. The headlights had originally been intended to be retractable and as originally conceived the pods would have rotated, when the headlights were turned off, to provide a flush fit with the bonnet top. However, the extra mechanism involved for that was deemed too expensive for a car that was to be offered at the most affordable price possible.

Additionally, the headlights had to be situated at a certain minimum height to meet legal requirements, thus, the pods remained, and the result was two bulbous headlights sitting on the bonnet as if stuck in the “up” position, and more by accident than by design, an icon was born.

Being a race car, this machine is super light and quick!

Go have some fun on the weekends at your local track!