Austin Healey - Sprite
The British Mark I Sprite was known as the Frogeye in the U.K. and the Bugeye in the U.S. because of its distinctive headlights mounted on top of the centre bonnet (hood).  

 

The mounted headlights were not actually part of the original car design; they were originally going to be mounted into the front of the car so they could "flip up" when they were in use, with the lenses facing skyward when not in use. However, mounting production costs lead to the flip-up headlight idea to be abandoned and so the headlights were simply mounted in a permanent upright position leading to the car's most distinctive feature.

AustriaGB (UK) EnglandGermanySwitzerland
Austria
Austin Healey Sprite-click for a larger picture
Austin Healey Sprite 1962
Austin Healey Sprite
Location
Wien / Vienna
County
Austria
click here to go to Oldtimertreff
Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual
GB (UK) England
Austin Healey Sprite-click for a larger picture
Austin Healey Sprite 1959
Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite
Location
Penrith
County
Cumbria, England
click here to go to Lakes and Dales
Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual
Germany
Austin Healey Sprite-click for a larger picture
Austin Healey Sprite 1959
Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite
Location
Berlin
County
Germany
click here to go to Classic Depot
Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual
Austin Healey Sprite-click for a larger picture
Austin Healey Sprite 1960
Austin Healey Sprite Frogeye
Location
Munich / Munchen
County
Bavaria, Germany
click here to go to Enjoy the Classics
Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual
Austin Healey Sprite-click for a larger picture
Austin Healey Sprite 1961
Austin Healey Sprite Frogeye
Location
Munich / Munchen
County
Bavaria, Germany
click here to go to Enjoy the Classics
Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual
Austin Healey Sprite-click for a larger picture
Austin Healey Sprite 1964
Austin Healey Sprite MkIII
Company
Oldie Rent
Location
Koln (Cologne)
County
Germany
click here to go to Oldie Rent
Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:28 Gearbox:manual
Switzerland
Austin Healey Sprite-click for a larger picture
Austin Healey Sprite 1962
Austin Healey Sprite Mk II
Location
Brugg
County
Switzerland
click here to go to Argovia Classics
Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual  4 speed
The front sheet-metal assembly – bonnet and wings – was a one piece unit, hinged from the back, that swung up to allow access to the engine compartment. Both the engine and suspension were derived from the Austin A35 & Morris Minor models, also products of BMC. It used the 948cc engine fitted to these models upgraded with twin 1 1/8" inch SU carburettors. The front suspension was a coil spring and wishbone arrangement, with the arm of the Armstrong lever shock absorber serving as the top suspension link. The rear axle was both located and sprung by quarter-elliptical leaf springs, again with lever arm shock absorbers.

 

There were no exterior door handles; one reached inside to open the door. There was also no boot (trunk) lid, and access to the spare wheel and rear storage was gained by tilting the seat backs forward and reaching under the rear deck. The chassis design is notable in that it was an early example of an integrated frame and body, the body sheet metal (apart from the bonnet) being part of the chassis's strength.

 

Source: Wikipedia.
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