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Arguably the best color for a Bugeye sprite

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This is “Gerry,” an awesome Bugeye built in 1960 and first titled in 1961, and owned by the same guy since 1965. He built a great car with an uprated 1275 engine, chrome wire wheels, and front and rear disk brakes. It’s great to drive and looks beautiful! The car was named after Gerry Coker, and is a fitting tribute.

We’ve had Bugeyes of seemingly every color, and this one is one of the best. It is not a stock shade of green, but it just looks right on the car. Elegance is not a word used with Bugeyes, but I would have to say this is an elegant color on this car.

The car was painted throughout on a rotisserie restoration from back to front and top to bottom. The underside is fully restored and beautifully painted to match the body.

We bought this car this fall and completed an interior and cosmetic restoration. Dash board is well painted, with the original factory perforated radio panel still intact. Rear bumpers, caramel carpet, seats, door liners, and door pockets are all new. Tonneau is new stayfast canvas, Top is very nice, as are sidecurtains.

This is a wonderful Bugeye for anyone looking for a faster, better braking and better looking Bugeye. Call or email if you are interested in having us ship you this fine car.

Who drives Bugeye Sprites?

imageMeet Bob in the video below. He recently purchased a beautiful 1959 Bugeye we had called “Pedro” and we loaded the car into an enclosed trailer and shipped it to him in Florida. Before we did that, we designed a build sheet together that included the modifications Bob wanted to make this car his own, and to optimize it for his location and type of usage.

Bugeye Sprite Door Liners for sale!

Finally! Correct door liners for your Bugeye Sprite!

These ribbed rubber pieces are a wonderful reproduction of the original rubber liners that would have come with a brand new Bugeye, and we are delighted to make them available for anyone who wants the correct finish for the inside of their doors.

At present, these are only available in black, but we have had good luck painting these blue, green or red to match cars of those colors. That said, we have found that the black Mats  look good in bugeyes of all colors.
DSC07209We use a high powered contact cement to hold these in place, called “Sta-Put,” but any good glue will work. You’ll need a clean and smooth inner door skin to get good adhesion.

We’ve used dozens of these on the cars we restore and now you can too!

$79.95 per pair, plus $15.95 domestic shipping. Click “add to cart” below  to order!

Supercharged Bugeye Sprite Paradise

It’s rare enough to see a single supercharged bugeye but here we have two together in our yard. Both of these Sprites have 1275 motors with blowers on them. Shelby (the blue car) is the third we have supercharged and we love this mod- not easy to fit properly, but a real blast to drive once done. Check out this fun under hood video:

In addition to the supercharger kit we have added an aluminum radiator to help deal with the increased heat inherent in forced induction.

Here is Shelby’s engine bay before and after and then Shelby and Frogzilla beneath:



1965 Austin Healey 3000 for sale-1 owner/just 39k miles!

New! Now available on a Bring a Trailer auction. Join the conversation and fun by clicking here!

Here’s a drive-by video so you can hear the amazing sound track for this car:

This car is a remarkable time capsule. Fifty years ago this past October, this BJ8 was purchased for $2835. Just a $25 deposit and $3 registration fee was all that was needed!


I purchased this 1965 3000 mk III (hbj8L 28548) from the husband of the original owner, who I met at the Healey club Enclave in Gettysburg this past summer. He had driven the car there from the Poconos with the intention of selling it. I have three big Healey already in my small collection–I love these cars–and could not resist purchasing such an interesting example. He told me the history of the car and shared with me the original bill of sale, as well as some pictures of the car throughout their 50 years of ownership.

The car had been used by the son of the owner of North Country Motors (the dealership where they purchased the car) for 500 or 600 miles prior to their purchase, so it was sold as a demo, but his wife was the first registrant of the vehicle. The dealer called out a dent in the right rear which they agreed to fix prior to sale, as you can see noted on the bill of sale (in case you can’t read it, the note says “dent right rear to be fixed no charge, demo car.”) I can’t find any evidence of that repair, or dent, on the car.

The engine number on the car is 29K/RU/H/3314. This the original engine, there was never any reason to remove it, but I wrote to the British Heritage Motor Trust just to confirm, and this is indeed the engine that came with this car. I have their email indicating that this is the correct engine (which I will provide for the new owner), and of course the new owner can apply for a heritage certificate if they would like a document suitable for framing that confirms this fact.

Check out the original bill of sale below. The seller’s wife and her father purchased the car in October of 1965 while he was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam war, and he first saw the car when he came home in 1966:

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This car is a true survivor with just 38,922 miles, verified by the original owner. If you look at the close-up pictures of the (original) seats, especially the driver’s seat, you can see this car is a low mileage example, with virtually no wear on the outboard bolster of the seat and the overall condition of the seats is quite remarkable. Foam is still firm and quite nice, no wrinkles either.

The car lived in a garage for its entire life. This Healey made frequent trips between Whitestone, New York and the Catskills, and the original owner said that between 1965 and 1970, an estimated 25k miles were added with this regular highway trip. In the following years the car was driven sporadically, some years not at all, some years a few hundred miles, and given infrequent usage in the last fifteen years in particular, they decided to part with the car. The original owner will be happy to chat with the new owner, so you can hear the history first hand.

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Bugeye Sprite “security”

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Here’s a great piece of Bugeye history. This is a period advertisement for a boot locking partition for Bugeyes, which allow for a sealed trunk and locking storage.  If you are unfamiliar with these cars, there is no locking boot lid, and all trunk access is from behind the seats.

We have seen some Sprites come through our shop with homemade versions of these and frankly, they are a bit of a pain. We’ve found these to dramatically limit quick access to the handy storage shelf behind the seats. They make spare tire removal more difficult, and the piano hinges are at risk if you lean on the shelf to reach back into the trunk. And after all, securing a Bugeye is a bit of a joke in the first place. We’ve found that reasonable security comes from the fact that the door handles are not visible on the outside of the car, and that many people can’t figure out lift the dot fittings to open a tonneau. I have never had anyone reach into my car or unzip my tonneau, and who carries valuables in their Bugeye anyway. Regardless, we all love rare period accessories, and wonderful vintage advertisements like this one!

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