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 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.

Supercharged and injected Super Sprite-fun summer drive

This is a nice warm drive to revisit in the middle of January. It features “Morgan,” our first Super Sprite. That car has a blown and two-port injected 1275 engine. We are now building Gumby and when finished that car will have a similar identity. Gumby, however, has an upgraded four-port injection system (one injector in each cylinder) on a cross flow aluminum head. You can see that engine taking shape this week… in the photo below, you can see the trick roller rocker assembly going together on Gumby’s billet aluminum head. These colored rocker arms feature needle bearings for much more precise and smoother valve operation, with less wear to all components.

Some have asked why we don’t use rotary or other powerplant swaps to get more power. I prefer keeping things as stock as possible, so as not to diminish the soul of these wonderful little cars. That may seem contradictory when you see a radically different head as shown on Gumby, but at least the bottom end (and valve cover-not we’re not using the aluminum one shown) are stock. We want to keep as much of the original equipment as possible and add tasteful upgrades without losing the essence of the car. This is a subjective process, but a changeover to rotary to me feels too far afield, inspite of the amazing power upgrade that engine might provide. Of course if you go too far, you can also suffer breakage of other components, so we have put together the best upgrades that work in harmony with good reliability.

We can only build a few Super Sprites every year so if you want one for the summer of 2017, you need to get in touch as soon as possible. We welcome the opportunity to build you one of the best Bugeyes in the world.

EFI cross-flow Super Bugeye Sprite

What is the ultimate Bugeye Sprite in 2017? This is a question I am asking myself a lot as I watch Gumby’s rebirth. We’ve repainted the car in Aston Martin Racing Green and Mercedes Silver. We’ve got the engine in now and new parts are going on each week. As a reminder, this is the car I acquired in 1978, in High School. It is the car that inspired Bugeyeguy.com, which we launched in 1997. When I purchased the car it was simply the most basic of sports cars, further reduced by prior owners to a beater, with no interior other than shiny teal vinyl seats, lots of extra switches, dashboard holes and wires, plus a cheesy gray primer exterior.

In 1979, I “restored” Gumby with the resources I had a the time, which were minimal. We sprayed the car BRG in my sister’s driveway, and that lacquer paint job served me well for the next 30 or so years. I purchased black vinyl seat covers and laced up a horror show, unwilling to invest in metal seat bottoms which seemed really expensive at the time (they still do!) They weren’t pretty, but these too were sufficient for the task at hand. In sprite of my lousy restoration, Gumby was the successful impetus for the 195 cars we have now sold around the world (almost all of which have been nicer than Gumby ever was)!

Now Gumby is being recreated in a totally different world. In 1979, when I last restored the car, a Ferrari 308 GTS perhaps one of the best cars available at the time, was about $39,000. Now the supercar market is crowded with lots of aspirational options. What might Gumby borrow from a 2017 $400k plus Aventador? (nothing you might suggest, other than just a few horsepower please!) Given just how much the world of cars (and drivers) has changed, I am a firm believer that Gumby needs to be more plush, elegant and powerful while still retaining the soul and DNA of its original self. Gumby will be better in every way, but still very much a simple and pure sports car.

And so we are proud to introduce the world’s newest supercar… introducing the “Super Sprite,” the only Supercar in the world to boast a two digit horsepower rating… (no other Supercar can make such a claim… EG Aventador = 691-740 HP). Gumby will boast about 90 horsepower (more than twice the horsepower of the original power plant).

We’ve rebuilt a 1275 Sprite engine and fit a cross flow aluminum head with four port fuel injection—no carburetors and no distributor. Our goal is computer managed smoothness, efficiency and consistency (and power). We have thrown every other timetested accessory at this car, all of the best features and add-ons we have developed for the 195 cars Gumby spawned. Five speed transmission. Lower rear end ratio. Improved four piston front disk brakes. Rear disk brakes. And a whole lot more we will show you in coming weeks as the car comes together.


Most on my mind of late is the interior. What is the appropriate evolution of an interior in “the best bugeye in the world?” We’ve seen many attempts at this over the years, with high backed seats and custom finishes, but none have been quite right. We hope to upgrade everything but change nothing-to echo and pay tribute to this wonderful piece of sportscar history while producing a contemporary interpretation. Clearly more leather and detail is needed rather than factory rubber and vinyl. We will still proudly build all original Sprites like our concours gold winner, but for this car, and for other Super Sprites we will build in the future, there are fewer limits. We look forward to taking these wonderful sports car to the next level.
Our Super Sprite product line is just beginning. Last year, Morgan was our first blown and injected Sprite with a chopped windshield. Gumby is our second attempt to make the ultimate Sprite. We are starting to build our next Super Sprite before Gumby is even finished. We can only build a few Super Sprites every year, so please call or email if you would like this next one customized just for you!

 

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!

Super Bugeye assembly begins

IMG_8938“Morgan” is back from the paint shop, and ready for assembly. You might remember this car from a while back, when we featured its rear disk brake build (a great upgrade). We will upgrade everything else as we build this car in the coming weeks, to produce the next super Bugeye!

BTW, Bugeyes originally came in red, white, blue, two greens, yellow and tan. This one is painted with Porsche Boxster Silver, accented with deep red stripes. We will put in a supercharged five-speed drive train. The wheels on the car are only temporary for paint… the car will be fit with anthracite minilights and performance tires. We’ll include more photos as the car comes together!
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