SOLD and heading to a central state as a great surprise thank you gift for a loving husband! Congratulations to all (we love these stories)! This is the 165th Bugeye we have sold!
We call this car “Bliss,” because it wears an original 1962 Fort Bliss base sticker on the front bumper.
I’ve heard lots of Army base Bugeye stories over the years, and here’s car that clearly lived on the Army’s second largest base in the dry Texas/New Mexico climate. And it shows. The car is very solid.
Bliss is mostly stock, with a good 948 engine and drum brakes all around. Carbs are upgraded to larger 1.25 inch HS2 twin SUs. Luggage rack and wood steering wheel are nice extras, as is the BMC period AM radio, common on Bugeyes.
The car had been sitting for a long while in Kansas when we got it, and we rebuilt the carbs and serviced the car. Now it runs great! We changed the pinion seal too, and the radius arm bushings. We adjusted the valves and replaced the cracked manifold gasket too. Bliss is ready to go.
The car has a one-of-a-kind Jaguar XKE rear bumper guard. You love it or hate it. If you are in the former category, you appreciate a little more chrome protection, and smile at the fact that this car wears a piece of an XKE’s nose on it’s behind. If you hate it, well, we simply remove the whole assembly and put on two new original bumperettes. The new owner gets to decide.
I like this car a lot, it feels like it just drove off the White Sands Missile Range, because it has a used feel without feeling worn out. It has had one repaint, some time ago, and the paint still shines quite well. Not a tournament paint job by any means, but just perfect for bombing around the base. Tires are, not surprisingly, dried out. We have new ones in stock.
If you are looking for a nice car you can drive without worry, Bliss is worth a closer look!