Inventory for sale is listed below

Currently TEN 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 1275 Bugeye Sprite for sale, “Luigi!”
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1959 Austin Healey Sprite, restored with automatic transmission!
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1959 Custom 5-speed Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite for sale!
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1959 Restored Bugeye Sprite for sale- VIDEO @ 70MPH! Five-speed, 1275 engine, disc brakes, wire wheels and more!
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1960 Bugeye Sprite driving project for sale!
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1978 911 SC Targa for sale with 65k miles!
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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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Excellent 1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mark 1 BT7 for sale
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Excellent two-owner 1959 Bugeye Sprite driver for sale! Price reduced!
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Exceptional 1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale, beautifully restored!
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For sale: One of the best 1959 Bugeye Sprites you can buy.

“Rescue Me” Bugeye rescued

Remember the “Rescue” Bugeye buried in the weeds? Here you can see the car at it’s new home, safely in a new garage in Virginia. We almost lost this one to the crusher, and it’s actually a sound car with great potential. We’re excited that we could remotely facilitate another Bugeye revival.

This leaf green ’59 Sprite was plucked from the weeds in Grand Junction, Colorado and winched onto a trailer for delivery to Kevin in Virginia, the proud new owner. The car initially looked pretty sad in the small picture at left, but the potential is clear now that the car has been extracted. If you are unfamiliar, normally, a car stored in this manner would have the rocker panel and rear fender bottoms completely rusted away.

This car has not run since the 80s, but how delightful to see the rocker panel and fender bottoms so intact, even after a prolonged hibernation outside. The floors turned out to be quite good too. Thankfully, the dry Southwest helped keep this excellent restoration candidate alive. And thanks to Paul, the prior owner, who preserved this car and offered it to me so that we could find it a new home and ultimately get it back on the road!

How to mount Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite mirrors without drilling holes

No one ever wants to drill holes in their classic car. Yet we see cars all the time with more holes than the face of a rebellious teenager. Too many cars come with door holes where mirrors once lived, and nose holes where new mirrors live, and we end up welding closed more of our share of these old scars.

The best solution is to mount mirrors in the aft windshield post holes, as shown in the pictures here. You’ll leave no scars. Here is Kim’s reunion Bugeye, soon California bound, showcasing this type of installation.

The only downside is that the tip of your sidecurtain will hit the mirror when you swing the door open wide. It’s a small price to pay given that so few people drive with sidecurtains mounted anyway. And the passenger side mirror is a bit obscured by the windshield post but it’s still quite functinional.

We sell this mirror set in our catalog, you can find it linked by clicking here.

Bugeye Sprite custom tonneau design

Gumby got the proverbial icing on the cake this week, first with his new hard tonneau, and then with a custom soft tonneau too, both of which look great! We hustled to get these done for The British Invasion car show which starts today in Vermont. As soon as this webpost is up, I’ll be on the road in Gumby and on my way North, looking forward to sharing this unique car at a great show, starting on Main Street in Stowe this evening. This will be the maiden voyage for this car, and our longest test for the new fuel injection system (and countless other modifications) we fit to this car.
Above and below you can first see Russ masking the green stripes on the hard tonneau to match the existing stripes on the car. He has already roughed up the painted green tonneau so that the silver will lay down over the green. Wet sanding and buffing will bring it all back up to a mirror finish once the silver is applied. He has to carefully apply the tape since the green underneath has to be aligned perfectly with the existing stripes on the dashboard and rear deck. He has the added challenge of aligning multiple stripes, and also dealing with the edge of the hard tonneau, which you will notice is painted silver as it rolls into the cockpit. It all works, and his paint work is flawless as you can see if you scroll down to the finished product below. The new hard tonneau stripes are perfectly aligned.

Each new detail adds an attractive layer to this car, and I am honored to be surrounded by such talented fabricators who have helped to create this Super Sprite. Each component is a fitting tribute to what we have learned from the 200+ Bugeyes that have passed through the building that this car spawned. So we feel this amazing attention to detail is a fitting acknowledgement of the business Gumby helped us create. This car is “off the map,” as we have created a head fairing and hard tonneau without reference, and only based on my personal vision. This is the one I wanted for myself, and I borrowed and improvised as we could to make the car that fits my taste. I was certain that Gumby had to look and feel like a Bugeye, but that it would be upgraded in every way without losing its soul.
With Russ’ paint work done, it was up to Kenny to take over and make the ultimate soft tonneau for the boss’ ride. We have made long and short tonneaus for Bugeyes, but never a half tonneau, until today. With the hard tonneau in place, the driver’s side is open, and so a fabric cover is required to keep the sun and water out when the car is parked.

This was a fun design project, as we needed to accent Gumby’s new hard tonneau with an attractive accessory that would fit the overall visual theme of the car. We also needed something that would keep the water out if this show car gets caught out in a shower. There’s a lot of handsome leather in that cockpit that needs protection.

First Kenny made a template for the new soft tonneau, to accommodate the steering wheel and the head fairing. It was essential that the quilted head fairing leatherwork be protected in the event of rain.

Next Kenny stitched up something beautiful from green everflex vinyl, which we had chosen to coordinate with the Aston Martin Green and silver on the car.
We had to add an additional lift the dot fitting to the hard tonneau, so we could tension that new soft cover. You can see that mounted on the new piece in the silver stripe, to the right of the head fairing. When we fit the new cover, we discovered that the head fairing portion of the cover would not stay in place if there was any tail wind when parked, so we put in two tenax fittings on each side of the head fairing and that did the trick. Now Gumby has a superb rain cover! Hopefully we won’t need it this weekend in Vermont!

See you at the show!

Bugeye Sprite hinge pocket repair

This week we tackled a difficult repair. The hinges on Kim Reynolds “reunion” Bugeye were cracked at the firewall, and we were worried that with more cycles the cracks would worsen. So we took off the nose and welded a reinforcement into the pocket and then painted the firewall to match. The repair is effective and looks good! Now the car is ready for another 60 years of Bugeye fun!

As a reminder, this Bugeye belonged to Road & Track road test editor Kim Reynolds in the 80s. The car was a beater back then, and was once found on its side in the R&T parking lot. It was restored by a subsequent owner, and now Kim has purchased it again, and we have refreshed the car and taken care of any other issues we can find so that Kim can soon be reunited with his old friend (and hopefully he won’t find it on it side in the Motor Trend parking lot ((where he is now employed)))! Congratulations Kim!

Gumby (the ’59 Bugeye Sprite) evolves

We missed the Lime Rock Concours this year because it was just too wet for all our new leather. But we are re-doubling our efforts to make this car even better for the next outing, which will be at the Stowe British Invasion in Vermont next weekend. The new hard tonneau is done as you can see above.

Below you can see us masking and striping the new hard tonneau, which looks awesome on the car. Ken also stitched new leather door liners out of leather, with a nice triple contrasting stripe, to echo the three stripes on the body of the car. Our first generation door liners were original rubber painted green, but the paint didn’t wear all that well and the leather liners are a lot more elegant. In the pictures you can see the old darker rubber liner on top and the new leather liner below.

Gumby looks better than ever, and we look forward to a great British invasion event!

Proper top and tonneau fittings for all Bugeye Sprites

Judging from the array of misplaced top and tonneau fasteners we see every week on Bugeyes, this is a tricky issue that needs attention. So in the video below, I describe where to put lift dot and tenax fittings on a Bugeye back deck.

Some cars came through with short tonneaus. These had a row of lift dot fittings just aft of the rear cockpit rail. If you are restoring your car, you might consider welding these shut and using a long tonneau instead. They’re easier to fit, with fewer fasteners, and keep your deck clean of extra fittings and holes.

We sell both short and long tonneaus in our catalog.