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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

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

Lyons TV Vintage Motors of Lyons Video

1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite – Sold

1959 Austin Healey Sprite For Sale. Hard to say much more than what has already been written about Bugeyes. Certainly one of the most fun cars for the money of all time! I have nurtured this one personally for the past 11 years and have enjoyed it immensely!

This Bugeye is very good mechanically. It has an original interior with its stock, uncut, dash and factory seats which I very much value along with it having been a red car with red interior from new so no color changes. The body is straight all around, including the bonnet, without any accident damage. There is some rust showing on the body now at the doglegs (A Pillars) and on the rockers. There is also a section of paint in the centre of the upper bonnet that is cracked. Overall, the paint is about a 15 footer with its fair share of “patina” but as you can see she still shines up pretty nicely. I bought it in New Mexico but it was originally a Colorado car and is a good survivor. Ready for you to drive and enjoy as is; and if you choose not to re-paint it who cares! JUST SOLD – THANK YOU




Original red on red car with no color changes which is a real plus.






Very good original interior. Un-cut dash with correct gauges and knobs/switched in proper locations; factory seats. Have original steering wheel with car as well.


Inside of rear trunk area





The engine is a 1098 cc from a Type II Sprite (1962-68) providing a 20+% increase in horsepower over the stock Type I 948cc. The engine ID plate “decodes” as follows”

10 – 1098cc;  CC – Austin Healey or MG; DA – Close ratio center change box; H – High Compression (8.5:1); 34016 – Engine serial #.

Compression test results are 120 psi Cylinder Nos. 1-3; 130 psi Cylinder # 4.


Left A pillar Commission number plate

Right A Pillar Body Number Plate

VIN # Plate inside left engine compartment

Made in UK alloys wearing Dunlops.

The car readily starts and drives/runs well. Is a pretty dry car, spots very little.

List of work completed on car (have records/receipts for same with car):

New brakes including master and wheel cylinders, hoses

New front shocks and upper bushings

New exhaust

New throttle cable

New starter switch

New battery (4/30/21)

Pertronix solid state ignition (Negative earth)

New fuse box

New spark plug/ignition wires

New rear hub gaskets and O Ring seals (both sides)

Tune up including going through, adjusting carbs

Went through electrics, gauges (see below), all lights, wipers working


What it “needs” or does not work:

Horn not working

Water temp. part of combo gauge not working (oil pressure part of gauge is working)

Rear leaf springs and rear axle limiter straps are pretty much played out

Tires are old, hold air and have good tread but should be replaced for safety

Front end kingpins worn

Aforementioned rust repair/paint

Original grille has pitting/tarnish

Transmission shifts well up and down aside from slight snick shifting up from 3rd to 4th; downshifts fine into 3rd and 2nd.


Spares/Accessories with car:

Original top frame (VG condition) and black top (Good condition)

Set of side curtains, frames and plexi-glass in good shape, could use felt welting and some rubber replaced

Full tonneau (will need heated up and stretched; has not been on car in many years)

Period Vilem B. Haan car cover; new, still in box

New tie rod end set

Full tool kit (Shelley made in England) with orig. grease gun; original jack

Original steering wheel in VG condition

Heater hose and fan parts

Left Outer A Pillar (dog leg) and inner A Pillar (both sides) replacement metal (made in England)

De riguer box of misc. spares, filters, door welting, etc.. !

Original, not reproductions owners manual, sales brochure, illustrated dealer spec sheet.

Wiring diagram; collectible illustrated Bugeye postcard