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Restored wire wheel 1275 disk brake (and more) 1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale!

IMG_4391Here, Bodhi completes his final inspection and certifies that this Sprite is now ready for a new home.

This is a 1960 Bugeye An5L 27855. We call him “Arnold,” primarily because we have four red Bugeyes in our building right now, and that’s how we can tell them all apart. Arnold is a stout car with a solid undercarriage and lots of nice upgrades. The car was built by a lifelong Healey enthusiast who has been very active in Austin Healey Club leadership for many years. The car drives great and is really quick thanks to his build skill. He fit an updated 1275 engine, exhaust header, stainless muffler, spin on oil filter, disk brakes, front anti roll bar, electric fuel pump, wood steering wheel, larger aluminum radiator and electric fan for optimal performance and hot weather cooling. The car also has nice wire wheels and a luggage rack and comes with a top, tonneau and a pair of older side curtains which can be rebuilt. Included is a huge file with all documentation of work done to this car.

We just completed quite a bit of service on this car to get Arnold ready for a new home, including replacement of the rear axles. We also replaced the rear wheel cylinders, slave cylinder, driver side radius arm bushings and brake hoses.

The car looks great and shines beautifully. This is not a concours paint job but it looks really good. This car is a sweet driver with impressive improved performance. The buyer for this Bugeye is someone who wants great performance thanks to these numerous popular upgrades but doesn’t need a cosmetically perfect car. (If you want a freshly restored immaculate car, we have “Coleman” which is a brand new restoration.) Still, Arnold can hold his own on all fronts. Give us a call or email if you want to take Arnold home!

More cool Bugeye modifications!

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Ron’s supercharged Bugeye was back this week, for a few more modifications that he requested.

First up was power brakes to lessen pedal effort, at the request of his wife. We custom fit a brake booster to do the job, and the result is impressive. Now the front disks stop the car faster for a given amount of pedal effort.

He also wanted his windshield tinted, so we laid on a nice 45% tint for a nice shady cockpit. These are two more great upgrades for one already awesome Bugeye!

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No two Bugeyes are the same, and it’s a pleasure for us to customize each one to the unique needs of each owner.

Zen and the art of 948 CC engine maintenance

Here’s the engine for our barn find project “Beans,” on the engine stand with fresh bores, new pistons and new rings, as we ready this engine for installation and another 50 years of fun.

Please enjoy this meditative Bugeye moment.

Bugeye Boyd and his new owner

We bid farewell to the green Bugeye “Boyd” this week, and I thought you might like to meet his new owner. Congratulations Brian!

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Supercharged Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite departs for a new home

Today it was time for “Roz” to depart for Rhode Island, and Ron chose to have the car delivered to his house by flatbed truck. The final product is stunning, with multiple performance and cosmetic upgrades. We had built the car with radial white walls and a white tonneau, and Ron, the new owner, chose to have us add custom white seats with matching green piping, white door pockets and a new custom white top. We upgraded the performance with a modern supercharger, custom exhaust and alternator kit.

Everything you see on this car is of course available if you hire us to build a Bugeye just for you. Each of the now 148 Bugeyes we have sold has been completely unique. In the video below, the new owner talks about the choices he made on his spectacular Bugeye build.

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Flat-out race car made urban Bugeye warrior

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About one third of our customers have more than one Bugeye Sprite. And so I was not surprised when Bill in California, who already owns a stunning restored Bugeye we prepared for him called “Drusilla,” called to purchase our former racer called “Fletch.” When he said that he wanted to keep it in NYC, that got me quite excited. Of course a Bugeye in The Big Apple is about the worst place for the car, with Sprite-sized potholes, abundant newly licensed taxi drivers and full contact parking. But in this age of custom-ride reality TV shows, why not? We proposed an urban assault package with full body armor and sketched up some Max-max inspired nerf bars. But Bill wanted to keep the car’s clean lines intact. We looked to the sky and asked all NYC parking garages attendants to please be kind to this car. And then we set out to convert this former track car to an urban warrior.

We had already fit new street tires and stock lighting, which we quickly upgraded to full LEDs, for maximum visibility. I was worried that the unlocked fuel cap might invite mischief, so we fit a locking cap, buried under a slick racing flip up assembly. We agreed to leave the interior spartan, to retain the racing heritage, and to keep the interior best suited to a quick wipe out should it get wet. We fit racing lap belts, two points of the racing belts you would have found in this car. We fit a leash on the track-required electrical kill switch on the cowl, so the key could be used for additional anti-theft, but would not be a nuisance if ever misplaced. Next came an air horn, electric cooling fan, air filters and a custom tonneau to keep the dirt, water and prying eyes out of the cockpit. That British vinyl had to be custom-fit around all five roll bar legs. And we also removed the rear tube shocks, too stiff, and hanging low in harm’s way. The original lever shocks were a smart choice for ride quality and ground clearance.

There were multiple mechanical challenges given the rough road ahead… for example, the racing header and exhaust was seemingly designed for maximum volume (and performance) so we fit a great muffler but we also had to keep the header from rattling on the driver footwell. Not a concern in a race car since it only happens at low RPMs. But at traffic lights it was knocking out my fillings. So we cut, welded and bent the pipes and now the car is actually somewhat civilized.

I always wanted a race car, but didn’t want to wait till weekends to enjoy it. Driving this car around the block is like taking a lap around the track, and that’s what makes is so much fun. Bill will have to decide if he wants to keep the close ratio straight cut racing gears. The whine you get with this gear-set is intoxicating but perhaps we’ll put in a five speed transmission later.

We’re all really excited about this project, because we pushed the envelope once again and made a Bugeye for a new mission-specific application. Bill wanted a car he could park in New York City and draw a big crowd, even among the most jaded Manhattanites. Fletch will do this job nicely. Come for a drive with me in the video below!

Another supercharged Bugeye Sprite from Bugeyeguy

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Here’s a Bugeye we sold called “Roz” with her new supercharger installed. The new owner asked for this upgrade and the car is almost ready for delivery. I love this upgrade, because it opens up a new world of high rpm Bugeye fun. Stay tuned for a driving video, to come soon!

Bugeye barn-find preservation part 2

IMG_4050 “Beans” has more life in the paint than we had thought! Here’s a shot of the nose during cleaning and restoration of the paint. The problem is the paint is very thin, which you can understand since it’s 55 years old. So we’ll have a shiny old paint job when done, with some imperfections, and next we have to figure out what if any restoration we will do to the most weathered spots.

You can see the original beige color coming back to life on the left side of this photo.

Barn find preservation at Bugeyeguy.com

IMG_3863We have an interesting challenge with this particular car, now sold (Congratulations Roby!) and that’s to preserve more than it is to restore. The new owner of this amazing barn find doesn’t want an immaculate repaint, but wants to make the car useable again while preserving its patina. And so we set out this week to manage the fine line between “just right” and over-restored. For example, the seats were trashed so we will replace them with new ones, but we will use the original chambered foam pillows which are no longer available, under new vinyl covers that are an excellent reproduction of the original ones. Meanwhile the original seat covers will be framed to travel with the car.

The engine is out to be bored and rebuilt and we’ll check in again soon as this car comes together.

Winter fun in an Austin Healey Bugeyed Sprite

As I shot this video, I felt like I was documenting the destruction of this Bugeye. Salty water got in all the seams during my wet 30 mile drive an hour earlier, during a March snowstorm. While it was the first day of Spring, no antique British car should have been out in this weather, with freshly salted wet roads.

And yet this was one of my best seasons ever for Bugeye driving, and this old friend, “Gumby,” my first Bugeye purchased in 1979, is anything but ruined. Because the car is mid-restoration, I have chosen to use Gumby all winter long, even though we’ve had one of our worst winters ever. As a result, I got more Bugeye miles this winter than many people get in a summer.

The car has performed beautifully for 36 years, and today I was able to deliver our Bugeye barn find’s engine block to the machinist in this car, and enjoy a fun drive, and keep all the systems exercised. So was I destroying the car or honoring the car by taking it out in this weather?