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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1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale,”Carmine,” Striking & Supercharged!
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1960 Restored Bugeye Sprite for sale, “Palmer,” stock and sorted!
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1960 Striking restored Bugeye Sprite for sale, “Gibbs!”
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1963 Austin Healey Sprite Mark II restoration project for sale, with 1098 engine and disk brakes
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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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73 TR6 for sale, excellent driver, thousands spent on restoration!
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Stunning 1969 MGC for sale, original colors, matching engine, low mileage, price reduced!

The joyous resurgence of a Bugeye Sprite called Gumby

“Gumby” is coming together nicely. We are pushing to have the car ready to debut at the British by the Sea car show this coming June 4, in Waterford, Connecticut. At left, you can see the car secured to the dyno, as we finalize the tuning of the custom multi-port fuel injection system.

Performance wasn’t the only goal though, and with the resurrection of the Bugeye I purchased in high school, we set out to push the envelope and create the ultimate interior while echoing the original flavor and design. Our goal was to pay sufficient tribute to the heritage of the car, while adding elegance and style. We chose to add custom stitching throughout the interior, to upgrade the entire interior without going too far afield.

<It all started with a single cowhide, custom dyed in a dusty light green called “aloe thorn,” and embossed for additional texture. This is the custom color we chose to coordinate with the Aston Martin green and Mercedes silver paint that adorns the sheet metal on the car.

Here, Kenny maps out the components of the interior on the uncut leather, careful to ensure maximum yield.

Next Ken diagrammed the diamond designs we created, careful to ensure the the pattern was symmetrical and balanced. Here, you can see his design for the custom door pockets, which use the original components but accentuate the factory recesses with diamond stitching.

In this image, Kenny sews the contrasting stitching on the seat base to add detail. We were tempted to keep the original ribs normally seen on stock Bugeye seats. We considered adding diamond stitching to just a few of the ribs so that we retained more of the original look. But in the end, we chose to make the entire usually-ribbed center section into a diamond design. (Note, this is the same leather, only the lighting is different, so the color appears darker)

Ken made certain the diamond patterns would align once the seat bases and seat backs were united in their frames. Here, he carefully checks the patterns before he starts sewing. Next, you can see the seat backs completed, and laid out with the leather for the seat bases. Next, Ken made custom silver metallic piping, to match the stripes down the center of the car. Then he stretched the leather over new foam pieces, and with some additional tailoring, the covers and seats were complete and ready for installation.

The door pockets went in next, and then Kenny created custom green check straps to match the leather in the car, stitched with the same contrasting thread detail you would find on stock check straps. He then sewed a high grade German wool heel pad into the rubberized floor covering in the driver side footwell. He next affixed matching green panels onto the vertical surfaces of the car.

Below, the interior is nearly complete, after a good 50 hours of custom work above and beyond the normal time it takes to build an interior. The outstanding result is fitting for the car that inspired the creation of Bugeyeguy.com, and a beautiful acknowledgement of the now 204 Bugeyes that we would not have sold were it not for the inspiration Gumby gave us.

In 1979, I purchased this car for $1,100. It was dented and dinged, finished in primer gray. There were no floor coverings and the seats were covered in glossy metallic teal vinyl. The car was wired with lamp cord and the dashboard was perforated with multiple additional holes. Now, after ten years sitting un-restored in the Bugeyeguy warehouse, Gumby is back, with one of the nicest interiors in the Bugeye world. And this custom interior is merely the starting point for future custom interiors we build into “Super Sprites” in the years to come.

Many thanks to Ken Bugden for patiently executing this vision, and for bringing this sculptural interior to life.

New product! Bugeye Sprite/Midget thin wheel spacers

This new 1/8 inch spacer solves a recurring challenge we have seen in our shop… some cars have rear tire rub issues while cornering, especially with wider than normal rear tires. With 165 or 175 series tires, these are essential and all you need to ensure the tires will not rub. Sometimes even 155 series will hit the radius arm support in the rear wheel well on spirited cornering. So we designed the perfect spacer to give just enough additional clearance and keep rear tires from rubbing.

Other spacers we have seen on the market to not fit tightly so we designed our own that fits right. This one centers on the hubs nicely to properly support the center of the wheel so you can run larger tires. Bugeyes came stock with a slightly narrower rear track and these spacers also help to make everything look a little more balanced.

Note, make sure to check the torque settings on the rear lug nuts when fitting, and after a short drive, be sure to re-torque your lug nuts. Proper torque for stock rear studs is 38lbs. When these spacers are installed, a few threads of the stock lug nut will be exposed. We also have longer studs available if you prefer to change them.

We’re excited to offer yet another custom product to fix a recurring Spridget issue!

Get your own set of wheel spacers today (or anything else you need for your Bugeye) by clicking here!!!

A day in the (modern) life of a Bugeye Sprite

I like to put at least 20 miles on every car we sell so I can make certain our customers get a great product. These shake down drives help me to find any issues that need attention before we load the car into a trailer bound for a new home. Here are a few photos from my adventures this week in “Sara,” our restored green Bugeye we have for sale. Click any picture to enlarge.

First I stopped at FedEx to deliver a Bugeye-load of boxes loaded with parts from our catalog. No one else can claim that their Bugeye parts are shuttled via Bugeye to the shipping depot. I enjoyed the contrast of our delivery vehicle adjacent to the slightly larger version.

Next it was on to the bank, where I couldn’t help notice the sameness on display in the parking lot. Here were two nearly identical midsize SUVs made by completely different manufacturers, each equally lacking in any personality whatsoever.

On my way back to the shop, I caught up with a late model Lamborghini Aventador (which I could only catch because of the red light that stopped him). My green nose in his rear view mirror seemed to catalyze a whole lot of 10,000 rpm snarling and growling, and when the light changed, he effectively demonstrated that he indeed does have just a bit more than 43 HP.

There is something wonderful about driving around in a Frogeye, sampling the way it fits (or doesn’t fit) into the modern world. The contrast is fascinating. The mundane becomes very exciting. This is why I never get tired of driving a Bugeye Sprite.

The last 20%


This project typifies the value we add to the fleet of Bugeyes roaming the planet worldwide.

Our goal is to get these cars to 100%. This matters. We are dealing with old technology. And old worn parts. And sometimes, sub-standard new reproduction parts. Sometimes it seems like nothing is working in harmony, and after driving more than 200 of these cars, we can tell when everything is working right. The reward is a car that is blissful to drive.

I know that many Bugeye drivers have not experienced a fully sorted car. I know this because I have had too many customers tell me “I thought it was supposed to drive that way!” No. These car are tight, spirited and a lot fun when they are set-up properly.

Back to this nice car– it came in this week from New Jersey for service plus mechanical and cosmetic upgrades.

We added a sway bar for better handling and less bodyroll, as well as footwell threshold covers for a nicer cockpit. We installed a custom Lempert steering wheel made from Brazilian tiger wood. We fit a spin-on oil filter kit for easier service.

The rear drums were scraping the brake backplates on hard cornering, so we ground off the excess material to make cornering that much more fun. Because of a non-working odometer, we replaced the speedo with a rebuilt unit. The fuel gauge was not reading below half, so we removed the sender only to find a swollen plastic float which we replaced with a metal one. The fuel tank pick up was also missing, which effectively reduced the capacity of this tank to just 3.6 gallons. We fixed that, put in the proper strainer pickup, changed the fuel filter and put it all back together. Now the owner can get a more accurate sense of how much fuel is left in the tank, with a working fuel gauge and odometer.

When all this was done, I still wasn’t quite happy with the rear suspension. I have driven 200 Bugeyes over the same bump in our street, and I can tell by the note that emanates from the boot how we are doing with every bump. In the case of this car, the rear thump over our local hump meant we needed to disconnect the rear shocks and evaluate their condition. Turns out the shocks were weak and the rear dog bones were worn. Once we replaced all that, only then was this car ready to be sent home. (many Sprites need this, so we offer rear suspension rehab kit, linked below).

It’s very satisfying for us to extract that last little bit out of these cars, to make them a joy to drive and enjoy, and to help our owners to have that much more fun! “More sure-footed than ever,” reports the owner.

And that, is the the result of sorting the last 20%.

To purchase any of the items we used on this car, click here.

Fred Flintstone’s Bugeye Sprite

Here’s what happens when a Bugeye with rusted floors gets restored. This was a rusty black Bugeye we put on a rotisserie and onto it’s side so we could cut out all the old floor scabs and then weld in new metal. In case you can’t get your bearings, you can see the footwells to the left of the photo (the yellow grinder is hanging in the driver footwell) and the area all around the spring boxes (with the floors removed) toward the right of the photo.

Once the new floors are welded in place, you can see the beautiful results, and a new Bugeye tub is born! This is a car we are rebuilding for a customer in Virginia, and it will be one sweet black Bugeye with a supercharger when we are all done!

Bugeye Thanksgiving

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Soon we will sell our 200th Bugeye. I still can’t believe it has been possible to move almost 200 of these wonderful little cars through our building.

Here’s a picture of “Gumby,” my 1959 Bugeye I acquired in 1979 and the car that made our enterprise possible. In the photos you can see Russ sanding and buffing Gumby’s new paint and soon the build-out will begin. This will be a one-of-a kind Bugeye that honors everything we have learned from the 200 cars that Gumby spawned.

We plan to upgrade everything we can while still retaining the car’s original look and feel. Hidden within Gumby will be, for example, an aluminum cross-flow head, four-port fuel injection, five speed transmission, custom anthracite wheels and four-wheel disk brakes. This will be our most advanced Bugeye yet, built to enhance performance and reliability, and will still retain many stock features to honor its heritage. We plan this car to be a fitting tribute that should be completed right about when we reach our 200th sale.

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About 50,000 Bugeyes were sold between 1958 and 1960. I couldn’t find any dealer data for 1958, but in 1962 there were 560 BMC dealers in the USA. Only 100 of those were capable of selling 100 cars a year (and that’s of the entire BMC Leyland line of cars). While it has taken us about ten years to sell 200 Bugeyes, I can’t find evidence that any single dealer ever sold that many bugeyes when they were new, and we are all proud of the fact that we have been able to focus so effectively on this micro niche of the sports car world.

Thank you for your support and thank you for helping to make this happen!

Here in the video below is a “thank you turn,” in the wonderful blue Mini Cooper currently posted on our site. We are having fun, and are here to help you have fun too.

Here’s to a great holiday season for all!