Inventory for sale is listed below

Currently TWO 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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1959 Bugeye Sprite driver with period Kellison nose!
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1973 TR6 for sale, excellent driver, thousands spent on restoration!
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64K mile 1971 Volvo P1800E for sale, overdrive!
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Stunning 1969 MGC for sale, original colors, matching engine, low mileage, new video!

200 Bugeye Sprites sold!

We have sold our 200th Bugeye! (Actually 201, Delores is now sold too)

Ten years ago, we never imagined this would be possible. And now it’s clear we have lots more Bugeyes to come.

Look for lots of new products in our catalog, as we celebrate this milestone. And look for exciting improvements to the cars that come through our building. Many of these new innovations will be field tested on “Gumby,” my Bugeye since 1979, which should be ready to show by June.

Here are some pictures of our 200th Bugeye Sara, which will soon head to new home in Tennessee. Sara is a well modified five-speed car, and she’s getting a few more choice improvements before she departs. Of note are the PL 700 tri bar headlights as shown, our twin-tipped muffler, a new chrome front bumper bar and a new matching tan top. This is a fitting 200th for us, as it has already been loaded with dozens of other options found in our catalog.

Congratulations to the new owner, Bruce! And thank you to our exceptional staff and the many customers who have supported our growth!

And if you like the new products we have featured on Sara, you can order them by clicking here…

Bugeye Sprite dashboard makeover

Gumby’s new dashboard is now done, and we can now put in the gauges and start driving the car.

This is a huge milestone for us and the result of much color and material sampling as we push the envelope on Bugeye interiors. Remember, this was once a $1,795 simple sportscar so the vinyl seat and dash coverings were basic at best.

This is our first completely custom dash and a demonstration of what we can do on Super Sprites going forward. Our goal is to tastefully accent the stock dashboard and make it a bit more elegant without deviating too far from originality. All the gauges and switches will be in the stock locations so it looks like an original dash, albeit with upscale touches.

To build this, first we chose a custom leather hide, custom stamped for more texture, and custom dyed “Aloe Thorn” to contrast with our Aston Martin green paint scheme. Next, we set out to add tasteful details, including a double stitch outline along the front cockpit trim strip and a single contrasting thread outline on the dashboard, all to accentuate the graceful curves of the dashboard. Above, you can see Ken stitch the contrasting silver thread he then carefully aligned with the contour of the dashboard.

If you are unfamiliar, the original cars had matching vinyl on the dashboard and center cockpit trim piece (door tops were uncovered), as you can see at left on the recent dashboard restoration we did on “Motor Mike, which needed a new red vinyl covering. The leather and custom stitching makes Gumby’s dashboard just a little bit more special, a fitting acknowledgment of the 20o Bugeyes we have now sold, and the car that started it all.

BTW, the ratty shift tower in Gumby’s interior is in place so we don’t scratch the nice green one while we finish building the interior…. we are saving the new green tower for when the dashboard work is done.

We’ll have more pictures next week, after the original gauges and switches are installed.

Sunk floats on classic cars

Above, you can see a plastic carburetor float half full of fuel. This one came out of a Bugeye with HS2 carbs and overflowing float bowls.

Ethanol is an excellent solvent. It’s also a good drying agent. With the advent of ethanol in gasoline, we see a lot more plastic floats full of fuel. That’s a real problem with British cars, because the floats need to float in order to keep the carbs and fuel senders working properly. Rubber parts are impacted too.

You can find a list of ethanol-free gas stations by clicking here.  But such fuel not available in all areas and in some cases, it’s very expensive racing fuel with higher octane than what is needed for most stock Sprites.

We recommend changing floats to the nitrophyl on HS2 carbs. We’ve never had a nitrophyl float fill with fuel and sink.

Plastic fuel sender floats are also a problem, these seem to be the first to fill-up and sink, so make sure you have a brass float in your fuel tank as well. And off course, you have to make sure the new float stays attached to the arm on your sender.

You can buy upgraded floats for your HS2’s in our catalog by clicking here.

You can upgrade your fuel sender float by clicking here.

Sebring Sprite Dog Fight

Here’s some great Sebring Sprite racing to enjoy, recorded recently at Goodwood in England. The first clip shows the best racing. In the second clip, you can see what happens when the yellow car goes wide later in the event. And you can see an overview of the entire event in the third video.

Restoring Bugeye Sprite soft side curtains

These days, most Bugeyes have sliding plexiglass side curtains. We sell new reproductions of this type of sidecurtain, as well as replacement windows and rubbers in our catalog. To pay tolls or reach in or out of your car with these windows fit, one merely slides the rear window forward.

But when Bugeyes were first produced in 1958, they came with soft-windowed side curtains. These were clear plastic windows (much like the rear window on a convertible top) bordered in vinyl and mounted to a metal frame. To open this type of curtain, a single snap was fit to the frame on the back corner, which allowed you to reach in or out. Some Bugeye trivia… the earliest cars had no snap!

This type of sidecurtain is more rare than the plexiglass type, but it turns out these soft windows were offered as an option right up through March of 1960 (and car number 34,556). In fact soft windows have been recorded on cars right up to 39,945 in May of 1960. But in December of 1958 @ car 8283, sliding pane windows first made their appearance. These were apparently an option thereafter (instead of the soft plastic) through most of the Bugeye production run.
So if your car came before #8283, you should have soft side curtains. Between 8283 and 39,945 you might have originally had soft sidecurtains fit (I doubt there is any record of which window was fit to your car). Regardless, with our new interior shop in full swing we have started making soft side curtains again and have them for sale here. You’ll need to send us frames as a core, and we’ll powdercoat them and sew on new windows and vinyl. The price is $399.95 per pair (It takes a lot of time to make them as there is a lot of stitching involved). We are excited to now offer something that no one offers new and restoration has been previously very hard to find.

We now offer “soft” sidecurtain restoration. Click here to order! 

Genuine Barn find Bugeye Sprite

We have now sold 199 Bugeye Sprites. Look closely to see if you can find what might be our 200th (although it will take a while to get this one running again).

This is  a barn-find Bugeye that has been living in an actual barn in Ohio since 1982, when it was dragged home by a father and son for a restoration (that unfortunately never happened). We’ll now drag it to our place and evaluate what it will take to put yet another Sprite back on the road.

I was able to speak to the prior owner of this car who owned it from 1973-1982. He took it apart and sold it to the folks who put it in this chicken coop, where it has lived for the past 35 years, and earned the nickname “Bird.”

I’ll get additional photos as we extract it, so you can watch the car begin its journey back to the open road.