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Welcome to Vintage Motors of Lyons

Front of the shop in Lyons

We sell, consign, purchase, and locate cars of interest for folks that appreciate them. We  always carry an eclectic selection of classics. Whether you are wanting that perfect  Sunday driver, a project car, or a higher end investment, we probably have a car that you will enjoy!

I have been passionate about cars since I was a kid in the '50's and '60's and bought my first car while in high school, which was a then 10 year old 1958 MGA. Since then I have enjoyed and nurtured many classics, both foreign and domestic. I decided to follow and share my passion for cars by creating a welcoming marketplace to not only sell cars, but open a place for everyone to come in and check out and talk cars, look at car books, magazines, posters, artwork, etc..

Our shop was originally built as a Texaco gas station in the 1940's and is conveniently located at the junction of the two highways leading to the Rocky Mountains just north west of Boulder. You won't miss us at the west end of Main Street.  Lyons is a fun, small town offering nationally known live music festivals and brewpub; shops and great fly fishing, kayaking, tubing, hiking, and mountain biking.  The South St. Vrain Canyon is among many great driving roads in the area.

The best part of this business has been all of the great people we meet. Thanks for visiting our site and I hope to meet you whenever you are in the area.

-- George Raffensperger

" I recently consigned my 1964 Porsche 356C to George with Vintage Motors and highly recommend him. Please contact me as to further
details. "

Bud Leonard

1964 Porsche 356C
303-440-9147

Find out more about George and the shop by watching the video at Lyons TV.

Lyons TV Vintage Motors of Lyons Video

1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Mk1 Sprite For Sale

1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite For Sale. Very good condition Sprite. Not rusty, excellent mechanicals and interior; new top, tonneau and side curtains. Pearl White with Black interior. Very good running and driving Sprite; ready to enjoy.  Fun, Fun, Fun ! as the Beach Boys sang.  $ 14,900.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall paint quality is good with a few chips showing from use. Lack of rust is really a plus.

 

 

We really like the interior of this Bugeye. The dash is uncut and original. The seat upholstery has been updated with very tasteful cloth inserts while keeping the black with white piping scheme of the original all vinyl seats. The cloth seats make for a much more comfortable and friendly seating surface. The door panels, carpets and cockpit coaming are also all in very good condition.

 

 

Original steering wheel and Owners Handbook. Lap seat belts added.

This is MK1 Sprite AN5L 37898; the L denotes Left Hand Drive; the VIN# indicates the car was built at the Abbingdon plant in April of 1960.

Austin Healey decided not to give Bugeyes an opening boot or trunk to keep the car more economical. I think it improved the aesthetic of the car and as result Bugeyes look great both coming and going. The boot storage is accessed by folding the seats forward; room for the top, tonneau and side curtains as well as the spare. This Bugeye has a nice luggage rack for your duffel or grip.

Original Jack; lug wrenches

 

New full tonneau cover; new top (frame is like new as well) and side curtains.

 

 

For just under one liter (948 cc) Bugeyes are peppy drivers. Equipped with twin 1 1/8″ SU carbs the A Series inline 4 engine produces 43 hp in a car that weighs but 1,433 lbs..  They also average 36 mpg too!

If zero to 60 times (20.5 seconds) and top end speed (83 mph) are your thing you’re looking at the wrong car; but if you want something that is a blast to drive and pretty much handles like a go cart you’re there. Just be prepared to have your wave hand at the ready as everyone will wave at you when you’re driving it!

Engine # 9CG-DA-H 31100; the 9CG denotes it as an original 948cc engine; the H denotes it as a high compression engine (both Low and High Compression engines were produced). Engine is coupled to the much preferred rib case transmission.

Undercarriage straight and rust free as are chassis rails, floors and rockers.

Probably the most critical areas for rust on a Bugeye are the rear leaf spring supports; commonly referred to as the “spring boxes”. We’ve included photos of the front plates and inner wheel well sections of these and they are in great shape – no rust!

 

 

 

A new fuel tank was added in the recent past along with new brakes (wheel cylinders, shoes, drums).

 

Car is but 11’5″ in length; 4′ 5″ wide and just under 4′ high. Yet, like many British sports cars that are small on the outside it fits two adults reasonably comfortably (after all I believe Peter Egan and his wife drove theirs from Wisconsin to Southern Cal and I understand are still married!!).

Just under 49,000 Mark 1 Sprites were produced between 1958 and 1961.