This 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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This is one to fly in and drive home.
Posted in: Bugeye Restoration
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!
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 $25,900
You 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
Howard 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.
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)
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
If 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
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!
This 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
Posted in: Modified Bugeyes, Testimonials
We have another great article in the July, 2014 issue of Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car! (you can see their first article about our cars featuring three different Bugeyes at the top of our homepage) This new one is all about the blown Bugeye we built for a great customer in Vancouver. Click the link below to read the article! Thanks to David Lachance for another great Bugeye Story!
In the top picture, you can see the car as it looked once completed. In the picture beneath, you can see David shooting his detail pictures on his visit. The supercharger is a fantastic upgrade. We have kits in stock if you want us to build a blower Bugeye for you!
Looking for a race car this summer? Today we drove ours and it was a blast!
Here’s Russ, master Bugeye technician, in “Fletch,” (AN5L 29594) a Bugeye you can trailer to the track this weekend for vintage races, autocross or hill climb events. (the nose comes off easily with fast pins, we have it off during this testing session) Read More
Posted in: Other Classics for sale
Here’s a great MGB for summer fun! This is the best year, a steel dash model with the most attractive interior, before the cars got muddied up with emissions, reflectors and plastic trim! (in 68 the pillow dash was introduced, and it’s ugly!) Any car pre 68 is the year to have! . She’s great fun to drive, come along with me in the video below!(and make sure to click “read more” below to see more pictures)
Here’s a unique opportunity to own in instant hit at any car show! This car won best in show at wheels over the pond in Florida this past winter, quite an accomplishment at a very large all British annual show! Now we have it for sale again, the owner is ready for his next classic! He won his class last year with our former burgundy and cream 100/4 too… he really likes nice cars! And now this one can be yours! Read More