Restoration Project Update: Austin-Healey “Bugeye” Sprite

Written by on January 21, 2016 in Austin-Healey, Restoration with 0 Comments
Austin-Healey Sprite Restoration

Back from paint and body!

Our Austin-Healey Sprite restoration project just came back from the paint-and-body shop, and looks absolutely fantastic. Acme Auto Body right here in San Luis Obispo did the work for us, and really pulled off a great job. The body on this Bugeye was very solid and mostly free of rust, but unfortunately at some point in its life was in a front-end accident—badly damaging the bonnet. We looked for a month trying to locate an original steel bonnet that wasn’t rusty or wrecked, but were unable to find any. Acme was able to make one bonnet taking parts from the three we had here at the shop. The quality of their work is simply first-class —you can’t even tell any work was done.

Austin-Healey Sprite Restoration

We can’t believe how well the bonnet turned out. Thanks, Acme!

Prior to having the paint and body done, we had already made this a driver by going through all of the mechanical. Now that it’s back, we need to assemble it and finish off the upholstery, which will all be restored in black vinyl. Make sure to check back for updates on this fun restoration project. As usual, comments and questions are welcome.

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