Inventory for sale is listed below

Currently FOUR great prepared Bugeyes are in stock and ready for delivery to your door!

Other great classics too!

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“Booker,” 1960 Bugeye Sprite driver for sale.
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“Sara,” 1959 5-speed Bugeye Sprite for sale
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“Delores,” striking restored 1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale!
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1959 Bugeye Sprite driver with period Kellison nose!
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1967 restored MGB with matching original engine and color! New drive video!
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64K mile 1971 Volvo P1800E for sale, overdrive!
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Restored 1968 Morris Mini Cooper S for sale
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Stunning and rare 1969 MGC for sale, new pictures!

Correct license plate light and support for Austin Healey Bugeye Sprites

This winter we will assemble Gumby, my first Bugeye, now that the custom green paint job is complete. My plan is to showcase all of the great trick parts we have learned about after the 200 Bugeyes that have come through our shop. But I simultaneously want to keep everything as stock as possible. This may sound like a contradiction, but part of the fun is keeping a stock identity while making tasteful upgrades. This is a line that can be hard to define absolutely.

There is a strong market for completely stock Bugeyes. There’s an equally strong market for modified cars done right. I’m not talking about V8 equipped flared-fendered radical designs which are too extreme in my opinion, but simply tasteful improvements that retain the soul of the car. Gumby’s build is intended to look and feel like a Bugeye, with some great extras. We still do many accurate and authentic stock cars, but that’s not the mission with Gumby.

For example, for me, rear disk brakes is a brilliant upgrade, and we are excited to now offer them for sale. I never want to change rear wheel cylinders or adjust the rear brakes again. Disk brakes fit the bill, with modern calipers that are bullet-proof and self-adjusting. For you, that may be too far afield. But keep watching, as we’ll feature “invasive” and less-invasive upgrades so you can pick and choose what is right for your particular car and identity.

We started this week with the back end of the car, in particular the license plate light and support. This is often done incorrectly, perhaps because of a lack of good information about how to do it right, and/or perhaps because of scarcity of the parts. You’ll find both in this blog post, in the video below you can see how to properly affix a Bugeye license plate light and plinthe, and you can click the links below if you wish to purchase the correct stuff.

Get your rear disc brake kit today by clicking here.

Get your proper license plate light with plinth by clicking here.

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Correct rear bumper assemblies for an Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite


Next up on Gumby’s build are the correct rear bumper assemblies. Here we demonstrate the proper original assembly, with the upper brackets in an “A” not “U” configuration. Note also that the taper of the chrome bumper points down. We have seen quite a few cars with these details inverted.

We also recommend a piece of rubber between the upper bracket and body to protect your paint during assembly. This is not stock, but that piece comes in our kit so you don’t chip the paint in an area that will remain quite visible once the assembly is complete.

On gumby, I chose to install our LED kit to improve visibility on modern roadways. These brake lights, park lights and turn signals are many times brighter and I will take any improvements here to help make sure a distracted driver sees my nice car. These are very hard to detect when the car is parked, so this is an upgrade that is barely evident (at least when the lights are off) and applicable for anyone who wants a stock appearance on their car.

We have the kit listed below. A link for our LED light upgrade is also included.
Click here to get a complete rear bumper kit

Click here to get your LED kit

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Bugeye Friday 5-Speed Sale

5speed-conversion-580x436-2 A five-speed conversion is about the best thing you can do for your Bugeye. If you are looking for a great gift this holiday season, here is the kit for you. Our kit uses a fully rebuilt five-speed transmission from an English Ford and it’s a winner. We have installed many in Sprites that have traveled the nation. We prefer this kit to the Datsun conversion—we’ve done both and find the synchros are more stout on the Ford kit, which translates to better durability. Parts are also more readily available for this Ford gearbox. You will enjoy lower RPM highway cruising as well as a fully synchronized first and reverse gears, for ease of operation by the whole family. Sale! We sell this kit for less! Starting at $3,999.95

This installation requires removal and replacement of the nose and engine on your Bugeye. Some light fabrication is required, well within the means of any intermediate home mechanic. We offer free tech support too so you can install the kit to your car. Alternatively, we can ship the kit to your local shop and provide tech support for them too should any questions arise. Or better still, we can pick up your car and do the conversion (and any other repairs or restoration needed) while your car is here.

img_2501This kit also requires some modification of the shift lever included in the kit so that it will fit in your Bugeye shift tower and allow you to utilize your existing shift grommet. It’s common to have slight variations in the placement of shift towers on Sprites so the shift lever in the kit sometimes needs to be modified to fit your car. For an extra fee we can modify this lever for you or you can custom fit it to your car on your own. Let us know if we can help! The picture at left is a five-speed kit we installed in a Bugeye named Sara, and you can see the original look of the shift tower is retained.

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