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! NEW VIDEO Test drive!
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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.
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Great 1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite driver for sale
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Great 1959 Bugeye Sprite for sale-Shiny driver!

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.

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.

New! Previously unattainable Bugeye Sprite hardtop hold down brackets!

For years we have sold all the parts for hardtop restorations and now we are excited to add a part that has been quite difficult to find!

These mounting brackets are faithful reproductions of the originals, and rest on top of permanent top bow holders welded onto every Bugeye and support the back of the top while allowing you to bolt the top to the car. These metal pieces bolt to the sides of the top above the B pillar and then the mounting bolt and chrome wing nut secures the bracket to the body of the car.

I suspect many of these were removed (and lost) when tops were stored over the years. Now you can properly secure your top to your car with these original reproductions.

Sold individually. Specify right or left, or both. You’ll need two per each top. Three machine screws and nuts (not included) are required to bolt these to your hardtop. Click here to order these brackets (and all other hardtop parts) in our catalog!

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, 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.