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Currently NINE great prepared Bugeyes are in stock and ready for delivery to your door!

Other great classics too!

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1958 Excellent Restored Leaf Green Bugeye Sprite for sale, “Luigi!”
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1959 Austin Healey Sprite, restored with automatic transmission!
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1959 Custom 5-speed Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite for sale!
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1959 Restored Bugeye Sprite for sale-with overdrive five-speed, 1275 engine, disc brakes, wire wheels and more!
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1960 Restored Bugeye Sprite for sale, “Palmer,” stock and sorted!
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59 Bugeye Sprite driver with period Kellison nose!
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60 Bugeye Sprite driver for sale, “Booker”
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64K mile 1971 Volvo P1800E for sale, overdrive!
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Excellent 1960 Bugeye Sprite driver for sale!
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For sale: One 1959 Bugeye Sprite in a bubble
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Rescue this 1959 Bugeye Sprite UPDATE

Bugeye Sprite Stowe British Invasion recap

When making a 500 mile roundtrip at a good clip in a five-speed Bugeye Sprite, a chopped windshield is not recommended. It looks really cool, and I stopped a lot of traffic each time I got off the highway to get fuel, but on the interstate highway on my way to Vermont this past weekend for The British Invasion car show, the short windshield made for a windy and noisy trip. It’s better suited for round-town use.

I tried a few different methods to keep down the highway wind noise… first my motorcycle helmet… which was entertaining, but a bit hot.

Next my thick ear flaps hat… effective, but also hot. I supplemented this hat with my Bugeye hoodie. And Bose noise canceling ear buds. This set up kept the noise under control. And allowed me to enjoy the ride.

Each year such a trip in an old car becomes more and more of an anomaly. 97% of the cars I passed had closed windows and sealed-up occupants. While I had more wind than I would have liked, I was still out in the elements on these fine days, connected to nature and roadway in a way perhaps only the bikers I passed might understand.

This green Bugeye has been with me since 1979. When I got the car it was just 20 years old. Now, the contrast is more dramatic. It is more unfamiliar, yet it still retains universal appeal. But what seems so different today is the consciousness (or lack thereof) out on the open road. I long to see that family on vacation in a station wagon, with waving kids “in the way back,” seeming so very much alive.

There were about 500 British cars at this show, and each year that passes, I fear that the percentage of trailered cars increases too. I saw only one classic car on the trip up North, an MGTC, and it was on a trailer behind a motorhome. While anyone would do the same since a TC is never a good choice when highway is involved, I fear this represents the new normal for most classic cars. And who can blame us for falling in love with a new way to drive, there is something quite pleasant about the climate-controlled quiet envelope with great entertainment and computer-managed cruise control in a vehicle that you are pretty certain can make it to your destination… and back again!

As we stream toward life with autonomous cars, it seems we already have one foot out the door. Comfort and convenience have taken control. The personality of our vehicles and the experience of driving come second. I hope that our growing fleet well-working Bugeyes can help change this, at least for those people looking for this sort of adventure. This is one reason I made this 500 mile pilgrimage… to demonstrate that one can travel in these old cars, and travel well.

Only one thing broke on this 500 mile test drive-the fuse that operates the headlights blew, which made things pretty dark on Saturday night. I pulled into a motel parking lot on the Stowe mountain road and started to climb around under the dash to diagnose the problem and realized that with 6 miles to go to my B & B and its superb new cedar garage (pictured above), my LED bicycle headlight would do the job just fine, so I held this powerful flashlight on top of the windscreen and made the short drive home (it’s probably brighter than the working two headlights). We’ll find and fix the short when we have more time here at the shop.

By the way, we won first place.

Rescue this 1959 Bugeye Sprite UPDATE

UPDATE: To all the people who have inquired about this car, please look at the new pictures and contact me again if you are interested! I’ve now purchased this Bugeye so we can more easily get it to a new home. The car has much more potential than previously thought, although it will still need a complete restoration. I have more history about the car and new pictures below. If you are looking for a project and can help rescue this car, check this out!

This is AN5L 13292, a Leaf green Bugeye built in 1959 and still wearing the original paint. The car has had the same owner in California since 1969! In about 1985 the crankshaft broke and the car was parked under a California carport for about 15 years. That owner moved the car to Colorado in about 2000, where it has sat ever since. It has been outside for these last 17 years, although in a very dry climate, and it shows. The rocker panels and fender bottoms are remarkably solid for a car that has been sitting outside. The dry California climate coupled with the dry weather in SW Colorado have helped make this car a restoration candidate. Let’s get this one back on the road!

The engine block is sitting on the passenger floor of the car. The prior owner thought the floors were still OK, but you should presume new floors will be needed (we have the panels for sale in our catalog). That said, take a look at the photos of the rear spring mounts–this area of the wheel well looks quite nice! So plan on a complete restoration, and let’s hope the new owner is pleasantly surprised to find this car to be an easier project than some of the rusty cars we have seen restored. The battery tray will need to be replaced (we also sell those) but this is not too difficult to weld into place.

The most difficult part of this project is the back deck. The new owner will be able to push the deck back into shape from underneath, but a lot of filling and sanding will be required to whip this portion of the car back into shape. This project will need a skilled body person to make that rear end look shapely again. Media blasting while remove all the old paint and filler so that he back deck can be re-worked.
All the mechanical parts are in milk crates with the car, you can assume some parts will be missing and a complete rebuilt engine will be needed. Seat frames and components are in the cockpit under the tarp. Two transmissions are included, as shown.

I can help you find a shipper if you are unable to pick it up. The car does not roll and will need to be winched onto a trailer. There is enough room to back a trailer up near the car to load it.

We look forward to helping the new owner get this one back on the road! Call or email if you would like to take on this project!


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How to mount Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite mirrors without drilling holes

No one ever wants to drill holes in their classic car. Yet we see cars all the time with more holes than the face of a rebellious teenager. Too many cars come with door holes where mirrors once lived, and nose holes where new mirrors live, and we end up welding closed more of our share of these old scars.

The best solution is to mount mirrors in the aft windshield post holes, as shown in the pictures here. You’ll leave no scars. Here is Kim’s reunion Bugeye, soon California bound, showcasing this type of installation.

The only downside is that the tip of your sidecurtain will hit the mirror when you swing the door open wide. It’s a small price to pay given that so few people drive with sidecurtains mounted anyway. And the passenger side mirror is a bit obscured by the windshield post but it’s still quite functinional.

We sell this mirror set in our catalog, you can find it linked by clicking here.

Bugeye Sprite custom tonneau design

Gumby got the proverbial icing on the cake this week, first with his new hard tonneau, and then with a custom soft tonneau too, both of which look great! We hustled to get these done for The British Invasion car show which starts today in Vermont. As soon as this webpost is up, I’ll be on the road in Gumby and on my way North, looking forward to sharing this unique car at a great show, starting on Main Street in Stowe this evening. This will be the maiden voyage for this car, and our longest test for the new fuel injection system (and countless other modifications) we fit to this car.
Above and below you can first see Russ masking the green stripes on the hard tonneau to match the existing stripes on the car. He has already roughed up the painted green tonneau so that the silver will lay down over the green. Wet sanding and buffing will bring it all back up to a mirror finish once the silver is applied. He has to carefully apply the tape since the green underneath has to be aligned perfectly with the existing stripes on the dashboard and rear deck. He has the added challenge of aligning multiple stripes, and also dealing with the edge of the hard tonneau, which you will notice is painted silver as it rolls into the cockpit. It all works, and his paint work is flawless as you can see if you scroll down to the finished product below. The new hard tonneau stripes are perfectly aligned.

Each new detail adds an attractive layer to this car, and I am honored to be surrounded by such talented fabricators who have helped to create this Super Sprite. Each component is a fitting tribute to what we have learned from the 200+ Bugeyes that have passed through the building that this car spawned. So we feel this amazing attention to detail is a fitting acknowledgement of the business Gumby helped us create. This car is “off the map,” as we have created a head fairing and hard tonneau without reference, and only based on my personal vision. This is the one I wanted for myself, and I borrowed and improvised as we could to make the car that fits my taste. I was certain that Gumby had to look and feel like a Bugeye, but that it would be upgraded in every way without losing its soul.
With Russ’ paint work done, it was up to Kenny to take over and make the ultimate soft tonneau for the boss’ ride. We have made long and short tonneaus for Bugeyes, but never a half tonneau, until today. With the hard tonneau in place, the driver’s side is open, and so a fabric cover is required to keep the sun and water out when the car is parked.

This was a fun design project, as we needed to accent Gumby’s new hard tonneau with an attractive accessory that would fit the overall visual theme of the car. We also needed something that would keep the water out if this show car gets caught out in a shower. There’s a lot of handsome leather in that cockpit that needs protection.

First Kenny made a template for the new soft tonneau, to accommodate the steering wheel and the head fairing. It was essential that the quilted head fairing leatherwork be protected in the event of rain.

Next Kenny stitched up something beautiful from green everflex vinyl, which we had chosen to coordinate with the Aston Martin Green and silver on the car.
We had to add an additional lift the dot fitting to the hard tonneau, so we could tension that new soft cover. You can see that mounted on the new piece in the silver stripe, to the right of the head fairing. When we fit the new cover, we discovered that the head fairing portion of the cover would not stay in place if there was any tail wind when parked, so we put in two tenax fittings on each side of the head fairing and that did the trick. Now Gumby has a superb rain cover! Hopefully we won’t need it this weekend in Vermont!

See you at the show!

1960 Restored Bugeye Sprite for sale, “Palmer,” stock and sorted!


We’ve been holding Palmer for a client who wanted to purchase the car a month or so back, but a back injury will keep him sidelined for a while longer, so we are making the car available once again. This is an excellent choice for anyone who doesn’t want to hassle with a project, no matter what the prior owner reports. We have gone through this car and it works! Recently added– new seat base metal trays and seat foams. Seats are nice and plush!

This is a really nice and well-sorted Frogeye. The car is very clean, with a strong 948 engine and upgraded front disk brakes. Anyone looking for a solid Bugeye with stock specs will appreciate this handsome example. Thousands have been spent this year to sort and refresh any weak areas, and to make this car ready for summer driving fun.

We first met “Palmer,” a 1960 Bugeye AN5L 27237, in December of 2016, when we were called upon to fully sort out this new acquisition for a Florida-based owner. He spent thousands in our shop to make the car right. We went through every system, and corrected any run-quality, braking, fuel system and cosmetic issues. We also fit a new red top and tonneau. When he offered to sell the car this Spring, I jumped on the opportunity to have a car we knew was filtered through our shop. Someone is going to get a great fully-fettled Bugeye.

The car drives quite nicely. The engine shows great oil pressure and sounds great. The interior is excellent. It’s fun! Click “more” below to see the photo album!
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Bugeye Sprite hinge pocket repair

This week we tackled a difficult repair. The hinges on Kim Reynolds “reunion” Bugeye were cracked at the firewall, and we were worried that with more cycles the cracks would worsen. So we took off the nose and welded a reinforcement into the pocket and then painted the firewall to match. The repair is effective and looks good! Now the car is ready for another 60 years of Bugeye fun!

As a reminder, this Bugeye belonged to Road & Track road test editor Kim Reynolds in the 80s. The car was a beater back then, and was once found on its side in the R&T parking lot. It was restored by a subsequent owner, and now Kim has purchased it again, and we have refreshed the car and taken care of any other issues we can find so that Kim can soon be reunited with his old friend (and hopefully he won’t find it on it side in the Motor Trend parking lot ((where he is now employed)))! Congratulations Kim!