Pepper is now sold!!! Congratulations Dan! Soon heading to you in Illinois with a new five speed installed!
AN5L 33779 is a 1960 Bugeye called “Pepper.” This car was owned for many years by a passionate restorer, who built his Bugeye with custom roll bars and a trunk! There have been a few trunk-eyes floated around the web over the years, and a kit at some point for people who wanted to add one. This builder cut into the back deck and made the trunk lid out of that material, so it fits quite well. Then he hinged the trunk lid with Bugeye nose hinges! A cable release is located just behind the driver’s outside shoulder. It works great, and makes this car quite unique. Luggage access is definitely improved. Needs a hydraulic piston to hold it up though, which would be a nice upgrade over the wood prop rod! (That’s something we could design and install if the new owner so-desires.)
We’ve got a new video drive and tour of this car, posted below:
The builder also fit small fender flairs and a custom functional hood vent. The front spoiler is my favorite, and makes the front end a little more aggressive. Driving lights are also fit inside the nose. The flip-up fuel cap is also a nice touch.
The car drives great, with a strong 1275 engine and a shortened shift lever, for quicker shifts. Front disk brakes and anti-roll bar are fit, as well as electronic ignition and a spin-on oil filter and K and N lifetime air filters. Master cylinders are also upgraded to the later type, which offers a dual output brake master and separate clutch reservoir. An alternator is also fit, as has an oil cooler up front of the radiator, to help keep things cool. It’s all nicely done, and sprayed in a sharp metallic two stage paint job. We’ve just rebuilt and tuned the carbs, fit a good battery hold down, and fit new front shocks and bushings.
The underside has been repaired and shows no rust. Exhaust is a nice stainless center pipe and muffler, mated to an exhaust header for great power and a nice note. Top is older, and a bit shrunken. We have new red ones, or put on our open bikini top for sun protection and call it a day. There’s no tonneau, but we have matching red ones available.
This car is ready! Call to have us send Pepper to your door!