Inventory for sale is listed below

Currently EIGHT 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-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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Excellent 1960 Bugeye Sprite driver for sale!
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For sale: One 1959 Bugeye Sprite in a bubble

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 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.