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!

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!

Bugeye Sprite Door Liners for sale!

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Finally! Correct door liners for your Bugeye Sprite!

These ribbed rubber pieces are a wonderful reproduction of the original rubber liners that would have come with a brand new Bugeye, and we are delighted to make them available for anyone who wants the correct finish for the inside of their doors.

At present, these are only available in black, but we have had good luck painting these blue, green or red to match cars of those colors. That said, we have found that the black Mats  look good in bugeyes of all colors.
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We use a high powered contact cement to hold these in place, called “Sta-Put,” but any good glue will work. You’ll need a clean and smooth inner door skin to get good adhesion.

We’ve used dozens of these on the cars we restore and now you can too!

Get your set today by clicking here.

Supercharged Bugeye Sprite Paradise

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It’s rare enough to see a single supercharged bugeye but here we have two together in our yard. Both of these Sprites have 1275 motors with blowers on them. Shelby (the blue car) is the third we have supercharged and we love this mod- not easy to fit properly, but a real blast to drive once done. Check out this fun under hood video:

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Our new line of Bugeye Sprite carpet is now for sale

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For years we’ve seen Bugeyes fit with lousy carpet kits that seem to have been made by people who never actually fit one into a Bugeye before. We got tired of complaining and made our own kit that works. We are proud to introduce a fine new product, that includes all the pieces you need to cover the interior of your car from trunk floor to foot well. (click “read more” to view more pictures and to order)

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