Inventory for sale is listed below

Currently FIVE great prepared Bugeyes are in stock and ready for delivery to your door!

Other great classics too!

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1958 Excellent Restored Leaf Green Bugeye Sprite for sale, “Luigi!”
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1959 Austin Healey Sprite, restored with automatic transmission!
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1959 Restored Bugeye Sprite for sale-with overdrive five-speed, 1275 engine, disc brakes, wire wheels and more!
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59 Bugeye Sprite driver with period Kellison nose!
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60 Bugeye Sprite driver for sale, “Booker”
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64K mile 1971 Volvo P1800E for sale, overdrive!
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Excellent 1960 Bugeye Sprite driver for sale!
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For sale: One 1959 Bugeye Sprite in a bubble
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R&T 1959 Restored black plate Bugeye Sprite for sale
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Stunning 1969 MGC for sale, original colors, matching engine, low mileage, price reduced!
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Sweet 1959 Austin Healey Bugeyed Sprite for sale!

R&T 1959 Restored black plate Bugeye Sprite for sale

This 1959 Austin Healey Sprite is #AN5L 8620. We call it “RT.” It’s a California car that was owned by several Road and Track staffers including road test editor Kim Reynolds in the 80s (Reynolds is now writing for Motor Trend). It was then purchased by R&T art director Richard Baron (who now art directs Panorama Magazine for the Porsche Club of America, among other things). Bugeye Sprite references are recurring in Road & Track even today, and of course in many Peter Egan pieces, so this car has an interesting history, and it certainly left it’s (oil stained) mark on a magazine that inspired so many of us to ultimately become the car collectors of today.

The car moved East in 1998, where it was restored completely, and purchased in about 2000 by a fellow in Pennsylvania with a very large car collection, and the car has pretty much sat in his heated warehouse ever since. We have acquired the car recently and run through it to get it on the road again. As you can see from the photos, it’s a very solid little Bugeye, very clean, with a nice 1275 engine with better HS2 carbs and a tight transmission with great synchros. The car shows 47,981 miles. I would bet it has driven less than 500 miles since its rotisserie restoration.

The engine compartment and underside are very clean. There is no rust. The interior is new and the dashboard is correct, with all the right dials and switches. The car was repainted when restored in Speedwell Blue, an original Healey color (lighter than iris blue). It’s not a perfect restoration, but it’s really nice– and you can drive it anywhere. There is no top or top bow, but we have just fit a new ever flex deluxe blue tonneau, which looks great. We can provide a new blue top is the new owner so desires.

Check out the pictures–this is a good one, someone spent a lot of money on this restoration, and it’s a car with a great history that will give the new owner years of great Bugeye fun.

Call if you would like to have us deliver this car to your door.


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Austin Healey 100 M sorting


We are big Healey lovers too here are Bugeyeguy (I have a BN2 and BJ8 in my personal collection), and this week we had the pleasure of sorting out this stunning 1956 BN2 with an “M” kit. We didn’t build this car, but it was very satisfying to work on the last 20%, to make a great car even better. In particular, we fixed the worn throttle linkage to allow full throttle to be attained, which made the car so much more responsive and quick. It was formerly only getting about half of what was possible, primarily because of lost motion in the worn linkage.

We also fit this nice blue tonneau and removed yet another plastic sinking fuel sender float that was ravaged by ethanol and on it’s way permanently to the bottom of the tank. We fit a metal float, pressure tested the tank, and ensured that it was wells-sealed.

Check out the video below for a tour of this great vehicle (above). We’ll be finished next week with our 1960 BT7 interior restoration, and we’ll post a new video about that project soon. If you have a big Healey that needs sorting, give us a call, we would be happy to help.

Bugeye Sprite summer nights

August seems the perfect time for Bugeye fun, when we in the Northeast can jump into our convertibles and enjoy the night air, with no temperature differential. Most summer nights here in Connecticut we dress-up like George Clooney for dinner dates in our Bugeyes (at least when the cars are well-prepared… otherwise we wear MOWOG coveralls).

This photo shoot is for a luxury magazine in the Philippines, “Philippine Tatler,” with a borrowed Bugeye. I am betting that this car now has a genuine George Clooney butt-print in the back deck! (We have seen many cars with dented back decks from people sitting (or sleeping?) on them-not recommended, even when there is a beautiful model at the wheel!) But then again, it’s always nice to know the provenance of your car’s butt-prints…

1959 Restored Bugeye Sprite for sale-with overdrive five-speed, 1275 engine, disc brakes, wire wheels and more!

This is “Pal,” AN5L 22827, fully restored and equipped with a new Ford Five-speed transmission as well as lots of other goodies. The car is ready to go, solid and well-restored. We’ve just finished this restoration by adding the rear bumperettes as shown below.

The car shows just a few miles on the rebuilt speedometer… this was a recently rotisserie-restored car that was not quite finished when we got it, with engine and transmission issues present. So we put in a completely rebuilt 1275 engine and new Ford Five-speed to finish the job. We love this five-speed set up as it provides a fully synchronized gearbox (even the parking valet can drive it) and also an overdrive fifth gear, which makes high speeds more comfortable and low speeds quite pleasant if you like loafing along in top gear.

This car has all the best upgrades, including wire wheels and disk brakes, which are very popular. The car also has an exhaust header, electric fuel pump and K and N lifetime upgraded air filters. We also put in a new black panel kit and new black seat covers with black piping coupled with new seat foam. The interior is excellent!

There is always more to do on every classic car… There is no soft top or tonneau yet. Depending on the new owner’s tastes, we can fit black, white or blue canvas accessories. Each looks great ( I would choose the navy blue top but white is also really nice in hot climates). Side curtain cores are included, you can rebuild those, or we also sell new ones. This car also has a spare wire wheel included, which is secured in the boot. Tires look hardly used, but they are older, and probably should be replaced to get the benefits of supple fresh rubber.

The underside of the car is great, with new floor pans installed during the restoration. It’s all quite clean. I’ve included an underside picture of the trunk floor, which is also quite solid and in good shape.

If you are looking for a five speed car with a fresh rebuilt engine, Pal is an excellent choice. We would be delighted to send him your way. Give me a call if you would like to spend the rest of your summer with this great car!

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Bugeye Sprites Make Life Great

This is a completely politically neutral and gender neutral website. We are the Switzerland of classic car websites. We do not take sides. We do not discriminate. We serve clients of any and all affiliations. We only want to bask in Bugeye glory. And we are pleased as can be that one of our cars is in Cosmopolitan Magazine, with a bzillion viewers. Here’s one of the photos from that story:

While we would prefer if Caitlyn was wearing a Bugeyeguy hat while driving the car we prepared, that might not have been as newsworthy…

(And we also have always felt that BUGEYES Make America ((and the world)) Great!)

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Five really nice Bugeye Sprites for sale

This month we find ourselves with a nice fleet of well sorted-cars. We’d love to get them out into the world where they can bring people joy, so please take a look at our inventory if you want a fun car for your August, and for the great car shows coming this September and beyond.

Crane is our nicest Bugeye, immaculate

Pal is our Blue five speed car, with wire wheels, disk brakes and a 1275 engine

Luigi is a very sharp leaf green car

Yuri is quite shiny and a great red driver

Mitchell is another excellent shiny red 1960 driver that has been very well-maintained. We have an automatic Bugeye and other cars for sale too!

Give a call if you would like to have us ship one of these cars to your door!

Why you can’t put a 948 oil pan on a 1275 engine and other Bugeye sorting tips.

We are far from perfect. We don’t have an unlimited budget on every project, and sometimes, clients elect to decline certain repairs we feel are needed. So we can’t fix everything on every single car. And sometimes this old stuff breaks, no matter who worked on it last.

This week though, we started working on a car that a client purchased online and sent here for sorting. There were a few interesting surprises on this one that we share so that others might not make the same mistakes.

First, downshifting into second was nasty when we got the car, it was nearly impossible to downshift without grinding. We removed the engine to change the gearbox to a new rebuilt unit and found that this was a rebuilt transmission that had been trashed because synthetic oil was used instead of the recommended 20/50 conventional oil. I believe that synthetic oil prevents the synchros from doing their job and thus the gears get trashed, quickly. So make sure you use the right oil.

In addition, the oil pan was leaking, as was the rear main seal. All these cars leak, but this one was outside the norm. We removed the pan and found massive amounts of RTV sealant, cleaned it up, put on new gaskets and a rear main seal kit as well. When we started it back up, we could hear something was terribly wrong. It sounded like the rods were scraping the pan. And when we removed the pan, sure enough, they were! You can see the four vertical scribes in the metal near the top lip of the pan. Turns out you CAN fit a 948 pan to a 1275 if you use enough goop.

We changed to a 1275 pan and fixed the problem. You should be able to see the four marks in the photo of the oil pan where the rods were hitting

Every month I get calls from people who say something like, “I wish I had bought my British car from you, I got one online, and it needed a lot of sorting and it’s still not right.” This blue car looked inexpensive online, but lots of repairs are still needed.

Proper installation of door seals on Bugeye Sprites

Here’s a very handsome interior on a car we have restored completely. It’s great because of dozens of nice details done right, and one of those details that matters a lot is the door seals.

Most door seals are cut too short. In the video here, you can see why and the proper way to terminate your door seal.

Chopped door gaskets fray and make the car look shabby. The factory had this figured out, and terminated the seals under the dash in front and under the rear panel in back. We sell a kit with a seal long enough to terminate under the dashboard and behind the seats, as shown in the pictures here. You can order the kit by clicking here. And you can see still pictures of the proper ends in the pictures below.

Coming of age Bugeye Sprite

Gumby is now complete, and ready for the Lime Rock Concours coming on Sunday September 3. I hope to see you at that great event!


Now that we have have ironed-out the rough edges, I had a delightful driving afternoon yesterday running errands. I made a short video (below) so you can perhaps feel the way this fuel injected custom Sprite pulls through the gears. The car has perhaps 85 horsepower which feels like plenty. The car wants to rev, and rewards the driver with a seductive increase in power as the RPMs rise and the cross flow head and roller rockers start to sing. This is not a stock 1275.

And after dinner on this particular warm night, I was reminded of the many night time drives I have enjoyed in this car. Each summer since 1979, this car has been there for me, a partner as we cut through the night air.

This car is the product of hundreds of hours of restoration work. Once it was done, then the fine tuning began, and with a new (and untested for us) cross-flow four-port injected head, a lot of computer-based fine tuning on the laptop was required.


This is a major paradigm shift for all of us who grew up around (worn) SU carbs. We are of the club that is accustomed to richening or leaning a flat after a drive. We know how to hold a piece of rubber hose next to our ear to synchronize our carbs. And we know all about which particular extra virgin olive oil works best in our carburetor dashpots.

Here is a car that has none of that, no dashpot tops to tighten, no carburetors to leak, no rotor to crack and arc, an electronic box tells the injectors what to do. For those into modern cars, this is a so painfully obvious and normal, but having lived with this car through High School with the most-mismatched-wrong jet-leaking throttle shaft SUs on the planet, it is a bit odd to have my old friend powered by such a power plant high tech.

To get this configuration to work, you best need find someone who grew up with a cell phone, not a Unisyn in his pocket… someone who thinks Suburu WRX when he hears the word “Bugeye,” someone who can operate a video game controller while simultanteously posting pictures on Instagram and commenting on a friend’s facebook post. We were lucky enough to find this person and add him to our team. He’s about 30 year younger than the rest of us, but we like him just the same, particularly since he was quite adept at massaging the fuel map for Gumby and making this car purr.

With laptop plugged into the ECU, Doug and I spent a few hours driving around town, me finding the stumbly spots and holding it there, with Doug keying in the adjustments to the fuel flow for that particular throttle setting and RPM. Gradually, we ironed out the kinks. Not one fingernail was dirtied. Our biggest challenge was keeping the laptop battery from running out.

There is something distinctly un-old british car about this process. It flies in the face of everything we do on a routine basis, we didn’t even have to open the bonnet during our two-hour tuning session! The plug for the laptop lives in the passenger footwell… that’s all we needed.

There is also something spectualar about this process. It’s clean! It lasts! It works! It’s infinitely adjustable! And it represents one more way we can power and further develop the cars that we love so much.

A few years ago we built a Concours Gold Bugeye, with all the right parts and pieces to satisfy four judges during a two-hour judging marathon. That was one kind of extreme Bugeye, extremely accurate and authentic. This Bugeye is equally extreme, and completely different. It has been a privilege to have an opportunity to build both. We look forward to continuing to apply what we have learned to the next car. Whether stock or modified, maybe the next one will be yours!

Bugeyeguy-Ten Year Anniversary Celebration-Sale!

Wow, what a fast-paced ride!


We never imagined when we started Bugeyeguy in 2007 that we would sell 207 Bugeyes in the next ten years (which we believe to be more than anyone has ever sold). Or that we would become a national service center with cars coming to us from all over the country for upgrades and modifications. Or that we would build Caitlyn Jenner’s Bugeye, perhaps the most publicized Sprite in modern times. Our national gold concours car was perhaps the most difficult and fulfilling project. Fuel injected cars have broadened our skills. Custom leather work and stitching is now routine in our Quonset hut loft. Our catalog provides a great resource for brand new and long-time Bugeye owners worldwide. Our YouTube videos have been viewed almost two million times.

Thank you!

It has been a great adventure. And we are excited about what lies ahead.
Our new foundation for our back yard addition is finished. Soon our new building will be erected and we will have more space to be of service. Let’s celebrate with some great deals on a few of the classics we have in stock:

NOW SOLD for $15,495! Congratulations Tom! We’ll be sending this one to San Diego! 1973 Triumph TR6-I’ve further reduced the price of this great Triumph -This is a killer deal on a car that has had thousands spent by the last owner, from new interior pieces to a brand new clutch, you can’t go wrong with this classic car that never goes out of style

1969 MGC-Price reduced to $29,995… It’s rare that I sell cars from my personal collection-remember, this is a car that I kept for four years because it is such a rare find in terms of rarity, uniqueness, originality, condition and color combination! I have the chance to keep lots of cars, and only hold the best of the best. This is one of those examples, which I am selling to make space as we transition into our new facility. Someone is going to get a great deal on a very interesting classic car, with roll-up windows and overdrive!

NOW SOLD and heading to Virginia, Congratulations Dave! 1963 Austin Healey Sprite-Price reduced to $4,995. Another killer deal-this is a complete kit with all the hard body work and rust repair complete. Thousands were spent upgrading the front brakes to disk and laying-on an excellent paint job. This is a fun project ready to ship. If you are looking for a mechanical assembly project, this is worth serious consideration, with all the dirty grinding, sanding and bodywork already done, and done well!

1971 Volvo 1800E-Price reduced to $16,495. Click to enlarge the new photo at left-no scratches or dings, very shiny, strong paint work. I never get tired of looking at the unique shape of the 1800, I love the rear fins and the lines of this car. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere on the road. This is a lot of classic for the money. It runs beautifully with fuel injection, the overdrive works every time and this car looks fantastic in British Racing Green. I am seeing great sale numbers on these cars in the marketplace but more importantly, I can’t believe the market for these will ever go down, so here’s a chance to own a very interesting car with minimal (if any) downside, and great potential upside.

Call if you want to take one of these home! We can help ship any car right to your door!