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Two Times Lucky: Austin-Healey Sprite


Someone got lucky and stumbled across this Austin-Healey Sprite and now they think they might get lucky again by selling it. They claim that worse examples sell for 3-4k on eBay. Only problem is that they don’t have a title. We doubt there is a bargain to be had here, but it might be worth a look if you are anywhere near Bridgeport, Tennessee. Find it here on craigslist. Thanks goes to M. Patterson for the tip!


  1. Dolphin Member

    One picture, no information, no title to the car. Sorry to say, but the only thing this listing has going for it is stories.

    Not a rare or valuable car, unfortunately, so unless the seller gets lucky he may not get much more than the $1 that for some reason appears in the listing title.

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  2. Jamie Wallhauser

    If it is rust free and complete, $3,000 isn’t out of the question. It’s so easy these days to post complete photos (like the interior, if there is one) that I am always wary when only one photo is offered, marketing is clearly not this seller’s forte.

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  3. Robert J

    I’m sorry, but $3,000 is out of line for this car. This is a $500-1,000 Sprite at best.

    Here is an example of what $3,000-4,000 gets you – a nice runner;


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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Nice! That is a much better option for someone who would rather drive the car then spend all their time restoring it.

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    • Jamie Wallhauser

      Mea culpa, point taken.

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  4. Jeff

    “Old car collectors knows the value of this fine car” Yes, we do. The value is $1.

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  5. Horse Radish

    You look at that “rig” and the neighborhood and all other questions are redundant.
    Run , don’t walk away from this whole (or-)deal.

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  6. Chris

    Don’t worry, when he comes down after drinking that case of shine he found in the car, he will hopefully have a more realistic view of things.

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  7. George at AutoLinc

    Any ideas on how to get a title? I run into this all the time. Not a problem if the seller once had the title in his name. Otherwise I don’t know what to do. I’m looking at a nice Alfa right now that has no title and is on its third or forth owner with no history known.

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    • Dolphin Member

      I don’t know about Tennessee, but from my experience, states & provinces can differ a lot in their regulations. The most important regulations are the ones in the place where you live. If you can’t carry out the requirements based on the paperwork you will be getting with the car you buy, better to look for a different car.

      I am familiar with the regs where I live, and before I buy a car from elsewhere (last 6 cars I bought came from elsewhere) I check with the seller to be certain what papers come with the car, and I also check the regs and procedures in the jurisdiction the seller is in. Sellers sometimes don’t know the regs in their own jurisdiction and sometimes promise things that are not possible, like getting a title for an older car where the state doesn’t furnish titles for cars that old.

      Even transportation can be a problem. I once bought a car in a state that furnished temporary tags only to residents of that state. I worked a solution, but it took some effort. Of course hauling the car gets rid of needing temp tags in every state you pass through, but requires a truck with lots of torque and a good hauler. As usual, some of these problems can be solved by throwing $$$ at the problem, but not all can be solved that way.

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  8. garm

    Bill of Sale only is no problem at all if you’re buying from Califorinia. Will need a VIN inspection, that’s it. Don’t know about other states.

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