One of my buddies lives in bohemian confines of the Hollywood Hills. While out walking his dog, he came across a natty frogeye sprite with a somewhat improvised tonneau cover. You’d have to cut the owner some slack- the weather in LA, normally the epitome of top-down driving conditions, has been Aquaman wet of late. That didn’t mean spending the half hour-plus it takes to put up the little Austin Healey’s top, but in typical laid-back LA fashion, required only the draping of a hardware store tarp to keep the worst of the storms from turning the car into a fishpond. The Frogeye was built between 1958 and 1961, and was powered by a 948-cc A-series. Lacking a proper boot opening, the luggage rack was a popular option, and kept your belongings out of the way when you had to dig around behind the seats for the spare, or the top bows. The mags give it a bit of a ’70s dilettante vibe, but at least they’re not rockin’ the donk. This was a most excellent find, especially as it has been so rainy here in the City of Angels. Fortunately for us the tight, twisting residential streets in the tony enclave allow for limited off-street parking, so we get a glimpse of this redcoat out in public. Lot’s of Hollywood residents like to maintain their car’s privacy, as well as their own, so it’s rare to catch something interesting without scaling a high wall and eventually having to face somebody with “Armed Response” emblazoned on their car. Thanks for the pictures go to Hamish McCollester. Hamish is a film maker- check out the trailer for his latest flick over at JASON’S BIG PROBLEM.
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