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    Triumph Frog eye Sprite

    One of my favorite little sport cars. Just pop up at Gateway Motors here. The beloved, Triumph Frog eyed Sprite. A steering wheel, gear shift. No electronic. Just open Roadster fun. $19.5k. Very tempting to buy.

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    (Actually Austin Healey, not Triumph.) They are very cool little cars. Someone nearby has one so I get to see it cruise by occasionally. In my youth, a friend had one. It had an argument with a telephone pole. the poor car lost.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. Makes me miss my 1968 Spitfire!

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    I can relate... been tempted by that car several times over the years. Locally it was called Bugeye Sprite. I went to a couple races back in the 60's. It's amazing how many changes people would make to them.

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    Back in the 80's

    Fond memories this brings. Back in the 80's I had a bugeye for a while. Very spartan. No frills. Just what a sports car should be. That's a younger me in the photo. Fun thread, thanks for posting.
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    I spent most of my money on fast cars, guitars and pretty women. I somehow managed to waste the rest of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFiat View Post
    Fond memories this brings. Back in the 80's I had a bugeye for a while. Very spartan. No frills. Just what a sports car should be. That's a younger me in the photo. Fun thread, thanks for posting.
    Nice, don’t you wish you still owned it now?

    Mike and Ed, restored on, on Wheeler dealers years ago. Very basic automobile.

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    Mr. Fiat, that car looks great on you!

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    Had a Mk2 that someone had put a bugeye front end on. 1075cc with a DCOE sidedraft Weber, and I put a header on it. 1/4 elliptic rear springs. I Re-did the dash, added side curtains, added a heater I found in the junkyard, re-jetted the Weber. It ran damn well.

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    But wait! We can go even more basic:

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    Although fun enough, with a SOHC engine with a bevel gear driven camshaft.

    America's first post-war sports car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samwichse View Post
    But wait! We can go even more basic:

    https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds...t/1880626.html

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    Although fun enough, with a SOHC engine with a bevel gear driven camshaft.

    America's first post-war sports car!
    Yeah, I know, but it never had the grace of the Healey! What a cool car that was. I remember we’d head to the Hotel Trailer on 15th St in Allentown, and I’d park it in a motorcycle spot. We’d sit out on the patio drinking gin & tonics in pitchers ‘til standing was difficult, then head home. Not the safest vehicle ever.... It was another time in another world.
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    The Miata wasn't 6 months old before someone mod'd the first one to have bugeyes. I thought it looked pretty nice, but later guys added the "pucker lips", which detracted, IMO.

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