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Austin-Healey Sprite- 1960

Austin-Healey Sprite- 1960

Known affectionately as the “Bugeye” in the US and “Frog-Eye” in the UK, the Mark I Austin-Healey Sprite was an entry level British sports car introduced in 1958. Designers Donald Healey and Leonard Lord saw a chance to fill a gap in the market below the larger and more expensive MGA.

Austin-Healey Sprite- 1967

Austin-Healey Sprite- 1967

The Austin-Healey Sprite was the entry level British sports car in the 1960s. The Mark IV represents the final development of the Sprite line.

Auto Red Bug with Aerothrust Engine- 1924

Auto Red Bug with Aerothrust Engine- 1924

In 1916, the A.O. Smith Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, introduced an inexpensive buckboard-style cycle car called the Flyer. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Flyer/ Auto Red Bug as the least expensive production car of all time, citing a 1922 ad that listed them for $125.

Auto Union 1000 SP-1962

Auto Union 1000 SP-1962

The name DKW comes from “Dampf-Kraft-Wagen” which translates to “steam-powered vehicle.” It carries this name because the first vehicle its Danish designer, J.S. Rasmussen, built, was a light steam car.

Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformable- 1960

Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformable- 1960

Autobianchi was founded in January 1955 with the signing of an agreement between Fiat, Pirelli and Bianchi to produce a small, Fiat 500-based car. The result was the Bianchina, first shown in 1957.

Autocanoe- 2005

Autocanoe- 2005

Inspired by watching events such as the Port Townsend (WA) Kinetic Sculpture Race, it occurred to local tinkerer and inventor John Montgomery how simple it would be to run a live axle through the middle of a canoe and use an inverted bicycle frame to drive it.

Autonacional Biscuter-100-1956

Autonacional Biscuter-100-1956

The Biscuter, or ‘Zapatilla’ (little shoe) as it was known in Spain, was actually built to the design of the French engineer Gabriel Voisin. ‘Biscooter’, the French name, was in itself a playful name for a car the size of two scooters.

Autozam AZ-1- 1993

Autozam AZ-1- 1993

During Japan’s “Bubble Economy” (1986-1991), the nation’s car manufacturers enjoyed a bit of freedom in their car designs. Cars designed for smaller and smaller niche markets were financially feasible during this period.

Avid Catalina

Avid Catalina

Avid Aircraft was an American company that built and sold homebuilt kit airplanes. The company was started in 1983 by Dean Wilson, and was initially based in Idaho, moving to Montana in 1998. 

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