David Silberkleit bought his first Bugeye Sprite in 1978 for $1100. It was a beater, he found in the Sunday New York Times classifieds, painted in gray rattle-can primer, with shiny teal seats. He retrieved it from a busy street in New Haven, CT where it had been paralleled parked for far too long, with all the dents to prove it.
By 2007, that Bugeye was the only thing David still had from High School, and by then enough people had asked where they too could get something that they would want to keep for at least 30 years, so David founded bugeyeguy.com as a means to match Bugeyes with new owners. Since then, Bugeyeguy has sold a remarkable 185 Bugeye Sprites. Each car has taught him and his team how to prepare the best product possible. Bugeyeguy cars are now located all over the world.
In 2015, Bugeyeguy built what is perhaps the world’s only gold metal concours Bugeye Sprite, which was certified at the Gettysburgh Austin Healey Club Enclave, after two hours of judging by four judges. In 2016, Bugeyeguy built the first fuel injected and supercharged Bugeye for a client in Michigan. Currently, David and Co are building a Sprite for Caitlyn Jenner. And “Gumby,” that primer gray Bugeye that started it all, is getting its second restoration, this time to showcase the array of custom parts that the Bugeyeguys use to make these wonderful little cars extraordinary.
All of those parts, by the way, are now offered in the new Bugeyeguy parts catalog, the premier resource for restoration parts for Bugeye loves worldwide.
The Bugeyeguy world headquarters is located in Branford, CT in a 1951 Quonset hut, currently under restoration. In this location, Bugeyeguy restores and assembles cars shipped in from around the country. Here they also fulfill catalog orders and develop new Sprite products for the customers around the world. Visitors are always welcome by appointment.