This is an iris blue Bugeye I call “The Egg” because it looks like a baby Robin would live inside. Bodhi and I drove Egg to Armonk, NY this past Sunday to visit friends, and what a joy to have a hardtop. While it was about 35 degrees outside, we were pretty warm inside for our 125 mile round-trip on interstate 95. These lids really help extend Bugeye season.
I have sourced all the previously hard to find gaskets and latches for hardtops and you can find them for sale on the accessories section of our site by the end of the week, so you can finally restore your hardtop. Or if you prefer to buy a completed top, we have a few in stock from nice to immaculate. We also have a crate we can use to ship you your top. Send an email if you want a complete top, and you’ll be able to order the parts online from us shortly!
And remember Bodhi’s rule number one when driving your Bugeye… make sure your outfit matches!
Here’s what we have been up to… Luigi came to us from Montreal looking good but not optimized, and after roughly 50 improvements, the car is transformed. Like most Bugeyes (and old British cars in general) there are issues that have not been addressed over the years, and we are getting quite good at sorting them out after the 140 Bugeyes that have passed through our door. It’s a constantly evolving process as we learn from every failure in the field, and push towards perfection. It’s never easy, since we are dealing with more than 50 year old pieces, and often new parts that are inferior. It’s a dance of blending old and new with a lot of fabrication and innovation, all to keep these cars on the road and working beautifully. We’re not perfect, but every car teaches us how to make these cars better than ever.
Take Luigi’s carbs for example… we could see that the front and rear jets were set at radically different heights, and even though the car ran reasonably well, we knew that the asymmetry was a clue that we could do better. Upon disassembly, we discovered that the float jets were mismatched, the carb springs were uneven and mismatched and the float levels were different. We rebuilt everything with rich needles which seem to work better with today’s ethanol fuel, and the car now runs far better with much improved throttle response.
And that’s just one system that we improved… when each system on the car is optimized, the driving experience becomes pure bliss. Lots of Bugeyes are tentative when we get them (especially ebay cars), feeling somewhat loose and unstable. Luigi’s owner and I tossed the car around a bit in the parking lot to demonstrate that the car is now solid and tight, and the resulting driver confidence is what makes these cars so much fun to drive.
We also transformed the cosmetics on this car, by wet sanding the entire exterior to bring the paint back to life. You can see the before picture above as Luigi gets striped of his former orange peel. This work too must be done really carefully because burn through is a constant risk. But the final result is a deep shine for great looks and great performance.
Whether you buy one of our cars (we have six for sale at present, see “current inventory” in the right margin) or you send your car to our facility for transformation, we strive to make these cars into blissful little machines.
Here’s a unique opportunity to own an instant hit at any car show! This car won best in show at “Wheels Across the Pond” in Florida this past winter, quite an accomplishment at a huge all-British show! This car was owned by the same collector who won his class last year with our burgundy and cream 100/4 too… he has great taste! He purchased our 1959 100/6 so he has something new at the next car show (his third car from us) so now this exceptional MGA can be yours! Read More
Our new head fairing is almost ready! Here are some pictures of Gumby, my Bugeye since high school, out for testing with the prototype in place. People ask me “what is it?” I say a head rest that makes the car look like a Jaguar D-type, one of the coolest sports cars of all time. Thus our “B-type” head fairing is born, and will be available for sale shortly. I took these pictures on the street in New Haven, Connecticut on a recent trip to the Apple store,
Rescue this Bugeye! Looking for a big project? Here’s a Bugeye that deserves to be saved and this is your lowest entry price into the world of Bugeyes. Take this one home for $1,595. It would have been a parts car years ago, but with prices climbing and rarity increasing, this is a rebuildable car, especially since there’s still integrity to the spring boxes and bulkhead. Read More
According to this new Bugeye owner… “Don’t be the guy whose kids have to buy you a Bugeye for your 75th birthday.”
Congratulations David and Lynn, we wish you many wonderful miles with your new Bugeye “Cat!” We took this great car and made it spectacular, after about 45 repairs and improvements custom-tailored to the needs of the new owner. We currently have about six great Bugeyes in stock–call if we can build-out one just for you!
Here’s a wonderful Porsche full of Bugeye personality. This very well-restored 1963 Porsche 356B is elegant and sophisticated, a stylish gentleman compared to a rugged and toss-able nimble Sprite. These sold for about $4,200 when new compared to the Bugeye’s $1,795 new price, so of course, everything is quite different. The interior is more luxurious, the car is quieter and simply more elegant while retaining great sports car fun, racing heritage and service simplicity. The 356 is full of personality and lovable curves, just like a Bugeye and that’s why I like it so much. And the car is tons of fun to drive and admire. Everyone needs one of each.
Check it out in the video below, and click the “read more” button to see more information, pricing and a great photo album! NEW! Exhaust is now re-painted and looks great from behind!
This is one of the best Bugeyes we have ever had yet a few people couldn’t get past the color matched red wheels, so we have changed them to the correct silver ones! Today we re-introduce Aiden with his new wheels. And he’s looking quite handsome.
This is a smashing 1959 Bugeye built by one of the best restorers we have encountered. This builder was meticulous and produced a super-solid Bugeye that will outlive us all. The car looks fantastic, in fact I took it to his first show two weeks ago and won first prize. Aiden is better than ever.
I sold Aiden a few years ago to a collector in Santa Barbara, who recently wanted to change-up his collection and offered me the car, which I was delighted to buy back. Come for a drive with me in the video below. The car is tight, rattle-free and powerful, with an uprated 948 engine that’s quicker than most 948s. Everything was built to a very high standard! (click “read more” below the first video to see two more videos about this car!)
Richard fell in love, as you can see in the video below, and bought this great Bugeye from a dealer in Florida. The car had a number of mechanical issues so we were honored when he trailered his baby all the way to us in Connecticut for restoration of the systems to make the car drive wonderfully once again.
It was a two month project to transform the car into an awesome driving machine. We corrected and improved about 70 items on the worksheet we prepared, ranging from an ignition switch that had a non working key (and turned on by activating the parking lights), to a rebuilt transmission because of terrible second gear synchros, to performance improvements like a front sway bar and upgraded electronic ignition.
For me, the best part of a project like this is the before and after comparison. The car that we drove into his trailer for him to take home bore little resemblance to what was delivered. This car is now sure footed and stable, much more so than it was when it arrived on bias ply tires with non working rear brakes.
Once the coarse issues are sorted, then we get to work through the fine tuning and more subtle challenges. This car, for example, needed a rich setting for power as the revs climbed, but the idle suffered, so we fit new rich rigid needles which allowed a leaner idle setting but provided the required richness through the rev-range. This made a huge difference and is probably an ethanol related requirement. We can leverage our experience in a case like this to make the final result superior. It’s the kind of thing you wouldn’t know was possible unless you drove a lot of these cars.
It’s a privilege to give this car the required transplants so it can enjoy a new lease on life, and to have customers who are willing to ship us their cars for this service. And what a joy to see Richard so happy and excited. If you see this small red flash pass you in the Stuart, Florida area, make sure you give him a thumbs up! Congratulations Richard!
Here’s a new driving video and a new price for this great MGA! Check it out if you are looking for a British classic that is sure to appreciate.
This great car has two particularly 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 at a new reduced price of $23,995.
I spent hours running a slot car around my childhood bedroom and this hobby was one of the things that led me to my passion for full sized cars. Maybe you have a similar story!
My favorite HO series cars were a Mustang and a Ford Hot rod. I never had any British slot cars, but plenty of die cast British cars in 1/43 scale. This is a slot car I saw for sale on British Ebay. Looks just like Coleman in the post below!
This is a Bugeye called “Coleman,” a 1960 Austin Healey Sprite that was the subject of a multi-year rotisserie restoration. Both the topside AND underside are immaculate, with any rusty metal removed, new metal welded in place and everything then recoated in striking bright red. There is absolutely no rust anywhere on this car. Everything was completely disassembled and rebuilt. The interior is brand new. This is an excellent restored car. Read More
We didn’t win an official trophy at the Lime Rock Concours this past Labor Day. Our class included some classic super cars, and our adorable little duckling didn’t stand a chance against these marvelous swans. Our trophy was this photo, because the beautiful model pictured didn’t stop to pose with the class winners. She came back to the Bugeye twice. That says a lot about the Bugeye’s timeless appeal.
We had a blast, and here are some photos of my favorite sights from a wonderful day! Read More