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!

Gumby’s new door

IMG_9194Way back in 1979 I needed a straight door for my Bugeye “Gumby” but could only find a later sprite door with extra holes for the late-type of door liner. Now that Gumby is getting rebuilt, it’s time to weld-up those holes, so that the inside of the door looks correct.

In this photo, Russ does the work to make this car wonderful once again. Each hole was welded shut and ground, so that the bodyshop can fill and paint. This is a small detail I have lived with for more than 30 years, but now it’s time to address these small details for the best final product.

 

Self-deploying Bugeye Sprite Tonneau

0514111452Finally, a tonneau that doesn’t require lift dots or tenax fittings! No need to stretch it or snap it, simply point it skyward and deploy! At the touch of a button, your car will instantly become dry and cozy. There’s even room for you and your spouse to snuggle underneath! (actually, our customer Floyd sent us this great picture of his golf umbrella shielding his car in a sudden shower…)

 

Sometimes even a website blows a gasket…

imageWe often marvel at our unique business that combines cars primarily built between 1958 and 1960 and a web site driven world that is all very much brand new. This Saturday, we stretched our technology to its limits and it broke, so our website went down for a while, and of course, since you are reading this message, it is now back up again.

Our shared server, it seems, was overloaded, and while I would like to imagine a panel full of Lucas parts heating up and letting the smoke out, instead I suspect some administrator in a far away country felt we were using too much juice, and rather than dim the lights of everyone else on our shared server, they shut us off. Soon we will have our own dedicated server, which will hopefully speed page loading and prevent this from ever happening again.

Hopefully that server won’t leak oil and need a sheet of cardboard under it (like everything else in our building). Thanks for your patience as we grow!

Bugeye Sprite on a January night

I find it extra satisfying to drive a bugeye in the winter.

It’s special enough to enjoy these cars in the summer so in January, when they’re all supposed to be hibernating, it’s a real treat. This year, the roads are dry and the winter is mild in the northeast, so we can keep the cars moving while the roadways are still salt and sand free. A hardtop helps.

Thus it is with a big smile that I share this picture of one of my personal Bugeyes (called “the egg”) when it greeted me outside on a January night, 15 degrees and ready to take me home.

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Be kind to your Bugeye flywheel

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This Bugeye flywheel needs a good dentist. At about 8:30, this flywheel lost a tooth.

If you are unfamiliar, the starter motor engages these metal teeth to spin the engine, and should you engage the starter while the engine is running, the starter munches the gears (see photo).

The only way to fix this problem is to pull the engine and flywheel and it’s a lot of work. So don’t do this, be kind to your flywheel, and it will last for generations.

In the photo on the right you can see the new ring gear (left) which will get pressed on to the flywheel to replace the damaged teeth and start the clock all over again!

 

Miniature Bugeye Sprite racing video

This is what we do, except in miniature:

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You may have read here before that my formative years were spend primarily playing with a cabinet full of die cast metal Corgi cars. Now we work in a quonset hut with full scale models, and these toys are mostly Bugeyes.

I love slot cars too, and thought I would share this link because it includes some great on-track footage. We don’t currently sell these slot cars but we do still have the red full-sized Bugeye “Thomas” for sale, with which the new owner can make his own video, just like the one featured, only larger…