This is a first look at Elliot, a new arrival, with wire wheels, disk brakes and a very quick uprated 1275 engine that powers this car off the line quite nicely.
The car was built by a well known British car mechanic in Louisiana who retired, and sold me his Bugeye primarily because of health reasons. We are lucky to have his work in our inventory, and based on our initial drives, this Bugeye really rips!
Cosmetics are very good and the car looks great! This is a great car for anyone who loves wire wheels and wants a 1275/disk brake runner. This is an excellent solid Southern car, a step up from Hazel, not quite as nice as Wallee. Thus we have a great range of choices right now with Bugeyes for every budget! Email if you’d like our current price list.
For everyone with a Bugeye fantasy (or a fantasy that includes a Bugeye?) here’s the ultimate music video. The Bugeye in the video is not one of ours, and I couldn’t help but notice the blue smoke when our new favorite heroine Roxanna pours on the coals at 2:37. Hot romance will make any Bugeye burn some oil!
This time of year, it’s fun to revisit the best Bugeye gift stories. Of the 110 Bugeyes we have shipped to new homes, many have been surprise gifts. One of my favorites came with the video below, when Matt of Colorado gave Char a Bugeye for a Birthday gift. You’ll see her surprised in the video, after saying, “This should be my Birthday present.”
With Christmas just three weeks away, there is still time for us to prepare a Bugeye to your specifications as a gift for yourself or a loved one this holiday season.
We currently have nine great Bugeyes in stock. We’d love to wrap one up just for you! And let’s not forget Rod Buller, who at age 86 decided this was the month to give himself a Bugeye!
We wish you a great holiday season, and may all your driving to shop and prepare for the holidays be done in a fun British car!
We just completed an awesome transformation of one of our Bugeyes, Lawton, who just left for his new home in New Hampshire.
This is a 948 equipped Bugeye that we hopped-up for the new owner, and now, formally meek Lawton has found a loud and powerful voice.
We started with a stock Bugeye power plant, originally rated to contain just 43 horses, except this particular engine had already been bored 40 over with a hotter cam and a lightened flywheel. Everything had already been balanced when the engine was rebuilt a while back. Original H1 SUs were fit, with their tiny 1 1/8 inch throats. The car had a somewhat petite exhaust center pipe, mated to a lovely Abarth twin tipped muffler, but you could hear the engine was a little choked, as though exhaling through pursed lips.
So we ripped the engine apart, put in a big valve head, stainless exhaust header, larger HS2 1 1/4 carbs, k and n air filters, larger exhaust pipe and free flow muffler. The result is quite impressive and now Lawton has as much power as many of the stock and perhaps middle aged 1275 engines that we see on these cars.
You can see the stock engine “before” in the first picture shown, and underneath a photo of the small yet lovely tail pipes. The next photo shows the larger tail pipes that we fit (note new LED taillights too). In the lower photos, you can see the small valve head we replaced with the fresh big valve head.
This is a very stock car, with all the right concours level work done. Now, the car still looks nearly perfect, but the driving experience is markedly better. Perhaps now we have about 53HP, but the sound of this free-revving engine makes it feel like a whole lot more.
Take a “before” and “after” drive in the videos below. You should be able to see for yourself that Lawton has now grown up, and runs quite nicely with an exceptional exhaust note.
We hope to do more of these conversions, as this is a nice way to optimize a 948 engine and produce ample power for most Bugeye users. 1275s are great, but they are not needed for all applications.
Here’s another great car that was extensively restored on a rotisserie, with the underside almost as immaculate as the top side. All rust was cut out with new metal welded in so this is a great Bugeye that has been completely gone through.
“Roz” was built in Roswell, Georgia, a multi-year project that included a full strip down to bare metal with an impressive respray in correct leaf green with an excellent modern high-dollar base clear coat finish. We have sanded and buffed the paint and it is certainly better than any Bugeye that ever came from the factory, and shines beautifully.
The car was fit with disk brakes and a 1275 engine and rebuilt four-speed ribcase transmission from a later Midget, so the performance is great too.
The interior is all new and was fit with handsome coordinating Frogeye green seats and carpet from England. Dashboard was recovered as well, with all the switches and dials in the right places, and the interior and engine bay are excellent. There is a good top included. Also noteworthy is the correct green ribbed door liner. We have black liner available, but it has to be painted green to match the correct lining. It’s nicely done on this car!
As with all the cars we purchase, there has been quite a bit of sorting out done to make this great restoration actually work properly. We’ve gone through all the systems to make sure the kinks were addressed. We’ve just replaced the water pump and aligned the front end. Roz still needs a heater if the car heads to a cold climate (which we can add) and could use a restored steering wheel of the new owner’s choice. We have expanded our steering wheel offerings and there are many choices available for this important tactile component of a fine English sports car. Air filters should also be upgraded, and we have those too.
We welcome partnership with the new buyer of this great car, and a final fit-out to their specifications. The foundation is laid for someone to have an exceptional car!
We welcome Roz to our inventory of Bugeyes for sale (click “current inventory” in the right margin of this page to see the line up). This is the perfect car for anyone who wants a top-shelf show-quality Bugeye they can also drive and enjoy, with upgraded power and brakes and a brand new interior.
We’ve now sold 110 Bugeyes! The MGA is our second highest volume car… we’ve had about 15. I only bring in good ones, which are harder and harder to find!
Today we offer a really nice restored 1960 MGA, that’s excellent throughout. The interior is luscious, and all new leather and carpet. The frame is rust-free. The bodywork has all be restored. And we’ve just detailed the trunk and engine bay to bring them up to the standard of the rest of the car. The car is solid and straight.
She’s a beauty, and drives great!
She’s also fit with the original 1600 engine and very desirable original disk brakes. She’s totally stock and original. The top end of the engine was recently rebuilt with a valve job. The white walls are nearly new period correct bias plys. At this point, the only thing this car needs is a pair of new front shocks and a new combo gauge–the water temp portion is reading about 30 degrees too high. We can address these issues in our shop, to prepare and deliver this car to your door! We have already put in a new gas tank.
The car has an excellent stay fast upgraded canvas top, and a matching tonneau. Both are really nice! No side curtains, but we can get them for the new owner (in fact we can get any part for these cars). 41348 shows on the odometer.
If you are looking for a really nice A that is fully restored, this is a good one to consider!
This great car is available for $23,495. Call or email with questions!
After a lifetime of great classic car memories, Rod decided it was high time he own a Bugeye, and at 86, he didn’t hesitate to contact us to send him a car in Florida. That’s Rod in his new baby, “Howard,” a 1960 Bugeye we went through and shipped to his door.
I salute Rod living an ageless life, and for climbing in and out of his Bugeye as part of his daily ritual to stay young!
I went to the machine shop today to watch our shift knob inserts come to life, and I thought you would enjoy seeing how these are made. Ancient British car technology meets computer controlled machining to carve our shift knob inserts out of solid aluminum billet, and to make the shift lever therapy you see below. We were inspired to make this part because the rubber mount that always lived inside Bugeye shift knobs (and comes on new ones) never gives a very positive interface between driver and shift knob.
First the rod is loaded into the chuck in the lathe and then the computer does the rest, cutting and trimming shift knob inserts while you wait. If only we could build the rest of the cars so quickly! Look closely and you can see the cutting tip machine the threads as the aluminum rod spins.
If you have a Bugeye, this is a great gift for your shifting hand, and if you know someone who loves these cars, this would be a great gift they can enjoy every time they run through the gears!
To install, simply unscrew your rubber insert and replace it with our metal one. Comes with low profile locking nut so you can center the shift pattern graphic on your knob. Installs in minutes and rewards you with a lifetime of tactile shifting bliss!
You can order by clicking the add to cart buttons below. Purchase the insert alone for your knob ($19.95) or order a new knob with the metal insert pre-loaded ($39.95). Note-all reproduction shift knobs are sold with the original type of rubber insert. Ours are the only ones sold with a metal alternative.
Robin is now sold and will soon head for a new home outside Halifax. Congratulations Kirk!
If you want the best of everything on your Bugeye, this is one does the job and is one of my favorites. You can see how nicely the car drives in the videos above and below!
The car is called “Robin,” (AN5L 21543) and she’s built with the most popular accessories including disk brakes, anti-roll bar, mini light wheels, low profile tires, and a rebuilt 1275 engine mated to a Datsun five speed transmission. That gear box offers improved overdrive highway cruising (and better gas mileage) as well as a fully synchronized gearbox. The car also features K & N lifetime air filters, stainless steel exhaust system (sounds great) custom mirrors, cross flow radiator and upgraded master and brake reservoirs, sourced from a later spridget, so that both clutch and brake reservoirs are independent. This is a nice safety feature.
The car was built by a meticulous craftsman down south. I have bought several cars from him, and his workmanship is exceptional. Everything about this car is excellent, the quality of the build comes through everywhere you look.
We further prepared this car for a new owner about two years ago. He ordered retractable three point seat belts, a powerful air horn, new tonneau and our great top and side curtain pouches to protect the weather gear while stowed in the trunk. When that owner told me he was ready to sell the car after just 1000 miles, I jumped on the opportunity to have Robin back. The car is loaded and ready to go!
If you want a Bugeye with all the best modifications, Robin is your girl! Call or email for pricing information.
The car was raced in the 60s and 70s, then parked, and then inherited by a loving son who hired us to bring the car back to life in the dad’s honor. Out from under the tree in the yard came this Bugeye, with cracked bondo and some floor rust. Here are the before pictures, and in the video you can see how we have begun to give this car a new life.
As with so many of these old racers, there was some trick go-fast strategy involved or maybe they just used what parts they had, but we had two left carbs installed, with a custom linkage. Try as we might to figure how how left carbs would be faster, we ended up changing to two rebuilt SUs with conventional linkage, so that the son could have a choke when he went to start this Bugeye in cooler temperatures.
We’ve rebuilt the hydraulics now, and the car drives well! The biggest challenge was the nose, which had the headlights shaved by dad, and rather than starting with a different used Bug eyed nose, we chose to keep dad’s personality alive within the car, and restore the nose as it looked when raced. That has taken a lot of time, but we are almost ready for paint.
At left is one of Gerry Coker’s prototype Bugeye drawings from the 50s. #13 is a fitting tribute to the pop up headlight Bugeye that never was!
In the video below, you can see how Bob fabricated the inner fenders, which were cut off in a former lifetime. We’ll have more updates as this car comes back to life!
This is “Hazel,” a really nice Bugeye with an upgraded 1275 engine mated to a Datsun five-speed transmission. Driving is a blast and you end up with a completely stock looking olde English white Bugeye with more zip and overdrive as well!
Shifting is buttery smooth. The engine is strong and pulls beautifully. The car is great fun to drive, and if you are new to old cars and transmissions, which sometimes require a little patience, this Datsun gear box is easy for even first-timers. I am sometimes asked if a Japanese transmission devalues these British cars… for purists seeking the stock and original, yes, and for everyone else who likes to make their bugeye as user-friendly as possible, it’s a big asset! One really nice aspect of the Bugeye community is there are several strong sub-groups. There are purists and there are modifiers, and both communities are really strong!
We serve everyone who loves Bugeyes!
This car rides nicely on tires from 2010 and stock drum brakes. The car starts up easily and runs great. The prior owner added motorcycle side mirrors to the doors for excellent rearward visibility. These work well! The car also has a very nice tonneau. No top or windows, but we have those in stock and can fit them to the car. The car is also fit with an excellent air horn upgrade, as well as a spin on oil filter kit for easier oil changes and a Pertronix electronic ignition module for better reliability than points.
The body and paint on this car is more driver than show quality (although almost any Bugeye does well at shows in any condition, for personality alone!). The interior is very good, with plush seats and even the original red rubber door lining.
The prior owner added a fiberglass nose. It’s a nice upgrade, that saves a lot of weight and makes the nose very easy to open. It still hinges conventionally, and lifts from the front, with the original locking mechanism in place. It’s a high quality nose, that looks just like a steel one, and you can’t tell it’s fiberglass until you knock on it with your knuckle, or notice the light weight when you give it a lift to access the engine.
Hazel got a budget paint job when the nose was installed. The nose would have arrived in primer and needed paint, so the whole car was sprayed. Paint looks good, but it’s not up to our high standards. There are a few small blisters starting to come out on her lower extremities. But then Hazel is not that kind of car. if you want something with nicer paint and a fresh restoration, we have lots of other choices. We try to keep a range of options for varying budgets. This is a car for someone who wants a great driver that looks quite respectable, comes with a 5 speed, and is offered at a very reasonable price.
Hazel was one of the favorite cars of the collector who used to own her, even though he had quite a large stable of very expensive classics. The new owner will similarly enjoy carefree Bugeye fun riding with Hazel!
Click the video below to take a drive! Call or email for pricing!
If you are looking for a budget Bugeye, “Kent” should be on your radar! This is a great choice for anyone looking for an entry-level car. We have welded in a completely new floor pans so the underside of the car is all new and completely restored. We’ve put in a new exhaust system, new rear bumpers and master cylinder. And we have lowered the price to $10,995, so here’s a very affordable Bugeye option!
Kent is a driver that you can use and enjoy right now, with a 1098 engine. He’s also a car you can upgrade at your leisure. Paint still looks presentable, but it’s an older job, and faded. There are a few blisters on the lower edges so some may want to do some body restoration, and then repaint the car. Others will use Kent just as he is. Another option is for the new owner to hire us to do the next chapter of restoration. They are all good choices.
The interior is nice, with new carpets, and fine seats. Dashboard could use a recover. For this price though, you have a Bugeye you can enjoy this weekend, and tinker with through the winter.
Kent opens the door for Bugeye fun at the roughly 10k price point. This is a great start for anyone who wants to get into the hobby for a reasonable price. We’ve done the hardest work by replacing the floors especially if you don’t have a lift.
This is car AN5L 44528, another late car from near the end of the production run, built in late 1960 and first titled in 1961. Of note are really cool Western Mag wheels. I love ‘em. The luggage rack is also nice to have. There is a top and tonneau, but they must be 20 years old, and have shrunk, so you’ll need new ones (which we have). There is also a pair of good side curtains, which will need new rubber gaskets. No heater, that was removed somewhere down the line. We have heaters to install if that is important to the new owner.
I found some Watkins Glen Vintage festival passes from 1992 in the car, and that’s probably when the car last underwent it’s most restoration work by the previous owner (who owned the car for at least 20 years). Now, some folks would start a restoration again, or leave as is for a great budget Bugeye you can enjoy right now.