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  • August28th

    We’ve got Priscilla back and for sale! This is a superb Bugeye and one of the best you’ll ever drive. She’s loaded with performance modifications and also looks fantastic! She has gone three thousand miles since you saw her last, and now sports a new clutch and battery.

    We’ve removed the rollbar which you’ll see in some of the photos, to make the cockpit roomier. Check out the video for more details!

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  • August27th

    We’ve never seen a Bugeye Spare tire tray before, yet it was shown in the original Bugeye sales brochure. Did they exist on early cars and then rot away? Or were they simply a pre-production idea that was in reality too much trouble to make for such an inexpensive sports car? Fact or fiction, we set out to make a spare tire tray for our very early concours Bugeye, AN5L 552, particularly since the tray is listed as a requirement in the Austin Healey concours registry restoration guide.

    The numbering sequence is confusing and out of order. Production of Bugeye Sprites officially began in March of 1958 with AN5L 501, and that car and all to follow had welded rear supports. But there were about 5 cars to come before 501, and all of these have bolted rear supports. AN5L 552 is one of these cars.

    The first prototypes were registered January 31, 1958. An5 507 (PBL 75, which is the number plate you see in all the early promotional photos) is the most well known prototype because it was used for all the Austin Healey Sprite advertisements. That RHD car is alive and well in England. Our car is one of the first left hand drive Sprites, and could be the first Sprite to come to the states. We believe it to have been built in February of 1958. Presumably, the brochure (showing the tray) was completed around the same time.

    We may never know if any spare tire trays were made, or if a few were made and then the concept was abandoned. Either way, it was fun to create one from the Sprite brochure and technical drawings that we have.

    Come see us at the Lime Rock Historical Festival and Concours this Sunday August 31!

  • August27th

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    This is BN6L 2795, a wonderful car, fully restored and very useable with the correct original matching engine. This is an earlier post, but an exceptional car still in inventory, and we want to move it to a new home to make room for new inventory, so call and make an offer! As you might have seen in prior posts, I am partial to the two-seat big Healeys, like this one. I have a ’64 four seat BJ8 in my own collection, but the two seaters are just more elemental, more authentic, more sporting, more clean. I’m not big on 2+2s. This one was extremely well-restored and drives beautifully. Read More

  • August24th

    We’re having fun transforming a lot of tiny details on this very rare Bugeye. We have one week to go for the Concours event at Lime Rock, come see us there!

    This yellow Bugeye is one of two surviving Bugeyes on Earth with bolted rear end gusset supports. It seems that the factory made this car as a prototype, then reinforced it, and put it back on the production line and ran it through the factory in the first days of production. All the production line cars had welded rear end gussets with no bolts, but 552 retains her prototype rear. So even though 501 was the first production line car, 552 and about three other cars were built before it! PBL 75 is the other bolted rear end car that still exists, alive and well in England. PBL is RHD, so our car could be the only surviving left hand drive bolted gusset bugeye! We’re exited to have one of the first Bugeyes ever made!

  • August16th

    IMG_0572This is one to fly in and drive home.
    I love Early MGBs and here’s an extremely well restored classic. She runs, shifts, stops beautifully and looks fantastic too! New interior, new paint, new mechanicals… a labor of love you’ll be proud to own and enjoy. She’s a blast to drive, tempted me to stay out all afternoon for easy MG cruising. The car is tight and powerful. The price is excellent too… here’s a completely restored B for just $16,495.

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  • August13th

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    IMG_0333Here’s one very special Tadpole!

    This is AN5L 552, built in early 1958, BEFORE AN5L 501 (which is otherwise considered to be the first Bugeye made). Unfortunately, there are not very good records for early production of most British cars. But a number of Sprite historians agree…AH did not produce the early cars in sequence and our car is not the 51st built, but is instead among the first four cars built, identified because the rear arch supports are bolted instead of welded in place, which is acknowledged as a feature found only on four other very early Bugeyes!

    The rear wheel arches were a weak spot on the Sprites, and reinforcements were needed, so bolt on supports were added to the first few cars. Once production started with AN5L 501, these rear reinforcements were welded on in the assembly line, not bolted in place.

    Perhaps the only other surviving Bugeye with bolted arch supports is AN5L 507, also known as PBL 75, the car Austin Healey used for most of the promotional literature and brochures. PBL 75 was built before our car, but many believe that 552 was built immediately after. That makes our car a vary special car indeed… maybe the second oldest Sprite in existence… about the fourth or so manufactured… and since PBL 75 and the other early cars stayed in England for promotional work, this car is quite possibly the first Bugeye ever imported to the United States.

    We are honored to be invited to show 552 at the Lime Rock Historic Concours this August 31. But first we have a number of changes to make to bring the car back to it’s accurate original configuration. It’s a lot of fun for us to return original components to this car for accuracy, and you’ll see one of 50 or so “corrections” that we are making in the video below.

    We are making a DVD all about how to make a concours Bugeye. In that video, we will describe each of the changes we have made to this car to remove an incorrect part and replace it with an original (or otherwise correct) part so that 552 ends up prepared exactly as she would have come from the factory.

    We’ll have more information about the dvd and about this project in the days to come as we get ready for our first big concours. In the meantime, you can pre-order “How to build a concours Bugeye Sprite” by clicking the buy it now button below. On this two hour disk, we share all the details of what goes into accurately preparing your Bugeye to compete in concours events. Even if you don’t want to compete, this dvd is a detailed description of the correct features of the Bugeye Sprite, a must for every restorer! Click the “buy now” button below to buy the dvd (not the car) for $49.95 and we’ll send it to you as soon as it is available.

    We’ll have more free information about this particularly rare Bugeye in the days to come!





  • August9th

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    This great car has (at least) two wonderful assets… as the last of the series, it’s the most rare MGA with the lowest production numbers (other than the twin cam) and it’s a one owner car! The value is further enhanced because it has the restored original engine and transmission that came in this car, rather than the 1800 B engine that is often swapped into MGAs. We have this exceptional car available for $25,995

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  • August3rd

    IMG_0389You just have to love a simple, tiny sports car that can also accommodate a 6’3″ tall person. Bugeyes don’t discriminate! Here our visitor ponders his new potential garage-mate from his 6’3″ vantage point, and viola, he fits! Click “read more” to see a few more images of a tall man inside a short car. Read More

  • August2nd

    IMG_0997Howard and Pat now have one of my favorite Bugeyes! We built this one from the ground up, and the Black with red tonneau is color-combo knock-out! The car also has anthracite wheels and matching powder coated trim. We love to tastefully customize Bugeyes! This post gives you another installment in out virtual car show, and another chance to meet one of our new Bugeye owners. Click “read more” below the video to see more pictures of this car.

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  • July30th

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    If you have been hovering looking for a fantastic Bugeye to add to your collection, this is a rare moment. Between Roz, Rocky and now Aiden, we have three ultimate Bugeyes in stock. After driving all 133 Bugeyes that have come through our shop, I know this is something that doesn’t happen often. Any one of these cars would satisfy the most discerning collector. If you would like to compare and contrast these three excellent Sprites with me, feel free to call today!

    Here’s Aiden, just back from his former home in Santa Barbara. The car was pampered there, and this Bugeye is excellent in every way. Come for a drive with me in the video below. The car is tight, rattle free and powerful, even with it’s stock 948 engine. Everything was built to a very high standard, including the engine, which is stronger than most 948s. (click read more below video)


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  • July27th

    IMG_0307She’s sold and soon heading to California! Congratulations Dave!

    Meet Fiona (AN5L 34022), a 1960 Bugeye driver with some great upgrades. This strong Sprite is available for $16,900 and this car is perfect for anyone who wants a nice car that is not so perfect you can’t enjoy it, but still nice enough to impress.

    I really like the period Amco Nerf bars front and rear because they are different, and I love a luggage rack so you can, for example, bunji on a stack two folding bikes and go cycle exploring in a new town with your mate. All this extra chrome is straight and in nice shape. The car also has a single downdraft Weber Carburetor for easier maintenance, an exhaust header for more power, excellent strong mini light alloy wheels and an electric fuel pump, all driving a great 948 engine. A remote spin on oil filter is also fit, much more convenient than the original. An alternator was also fit along with an upgraded electronic tachometer with the correct original stock face. The slick vintage wood steering wheel is also a really nice period accessory with Les Leston style. Come for a drive with me in the video below! Read More

  • July26th

    IMG_0272If you’re looking for one of the nicest Bugeyes in America, look no further. This is a fantastic 1960 Sprite, completely stripped and then rebuilt to a very high standard. This multi-year project resulted in an exceptional product, which you can drive and enjoy as shown in the video below, or you can trailer to show and win. The car is better than new! You’ll see in the photos how perfectly the entire car is refinished, including the underside. Read More

  • July20th


    Sunday morning was always car time, when my dad and I would pour over the New York Times Sunday classifieds and look at what cool old cars might be for sale. Then we would go out exploring! So here’s the modern Sunday morning video equivalent now that classifieds routinely come to life… a youtube Bugeye Drive in Heathcote, our cool yellow Bugeye for sale. Come for a drive with Bodhi and me!

    IMG_0176This is Heathcote, AN5L 7840, built in late 1958 and then sold (and titled) in 1959. He comes with a Heritage certificate that confirms the build date and primrose yellow as the original color with black trim.

    This is a sweetheart that was extremely well restored a number of years ago and then driven by a meticulous owner in the midwest. He was stored in the winter and always babied, never abused. Everything is documented, including each fuel fill-up through the years, in a hand written dog-eared notebook. Read More