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!

The last 20%

This project typifies the value we add to the fleet of Bugeyes roaming the planet worldwide.

Our goal is to get these cars to 100%. This matters. We are dealing with old technology. And old worn parts. And sometimes, sub-standard new reproduction parts. Sometimes it seems like nothing is working in harmony, and after driving more than 200 of these cars, we can tell when everything is working right. The reward is a car that is blissful to drive.

I know that many Bugeye drivers have not experienced a fully sorted car. I know this because I have had too many customers tell me “I thought it was supposed to drive that way!” No. These car are tight, spirited and a lot fun when they are set-up properly.

Back to this nice car– it came in this week from New Jersey for service plus mechanical and cosmetic upgrades.

We added a sway bar for better handling and less bodyroll, as well as footwell threshold covers for a nicer cockpit. We installed a custom Lempert steering wheel made from Brazilian tiger wood. We fit a spin-on oil filter kit for easier service.

The rear drums were scraping the brake backplates on hard cornering, so we ground off the excess material to make cornering that much more fun. Because of a non-working odometer, we replaced the speedo with a rebuilt unit. The fuel gauge was not reading below half, so we removed the sender only to find a swollen plastic float which we replaced with a metal one. The fuel tank pick up was also missing, which effectively reduced the capacity of this tank to just 3.6 gallons. We fixed that, put in the proper strainer pickup, changed the fuel filter and put it all back together. Now the owner can get a more accurate sense of how much fuel is left in the tank, with a working fuel gauge and odometer.

When all this was done, I still wasn’t quite happy with the rear suspension. I have driven 200 Bugeyes over the same bump in our street, and I can tell by the note that emanates from the boot how we are doing with every bump. In the case of this car, the rear thump over our local hump meant we needed to disconnect the rear shocks and evaluate their condition. Turns out the shocks were weak and the rear dog bones were worn. Once we replaced all that, only then was this car ready to be sent home. (many Sprites need this, so we offer rear suspension rehab kit, linked below).

It’s very satisfying for us to extract that last little bit out of these cars, to make them a joy to drive and enjoy, and to help our owners to have that much more fun! “More sure-footed than ever,” reports the owner.

And that, is the the result of sorting the last 20%.

To purchase any of the items we used on this car, click here.

Stunning 1969 MGC for sale, original colors, matching engine, low mileage, new video!

1969 MGC

This is my personal MGC. It has the original engine as confirmed by British Heritage Motor Trust. “Engine number recorded for chassis number G-CN1-U/4357-G is 29GA-RU-H/1499 and the colour is Black with black interior trim and a black soft top.”

The C is a delightful high-speed cruiser. She has a wonderful 145 HP big Healey based 2.9 liter seven main bearing six cylinder engine stuffed under the hood, along with twin brake boosters and torsion bar suspension and 15 inch wheels (instead of the B’s 14s) and electric overdrive. It’s a rare car with delightful bulges in its original aluminum bonnet. For comparison purposes, a 1969 MGB was advertised with just 91 Horsepower.

I have loved and admired this 1969 MGC since I acquired it in February 2013. This car was one of the first 1969 roadsters. The series was launched in 1967 just as Austin Healey stopped big Healey production. I am not sure if any landed in the USA before 1968. 1969 was the last year for the C, with a total of 8,999 built of all MGC GTs and Tourers. But how many are left? When have you seen one lately? This is the only one I have seen recently with the correct original seats. By the way, these came with octagon-shaped safety knock spinners when new-the prior owner put on the more attractive two-eared type, they look cooler, but that’s easy to change if it bothers you.

We’ve done a lot to maintain and preserve it, (I have all our records, call and I will read through them for you). We have recently put richer needles in the original SU carbs. I have driven this car very little and need more space as we expand our building so I am reluctantly putting this great classic car up for sale.

This is a special car, very rare but in particular, I have never seen another in such nice condition. I believe this to be an original 37k mile car with original paint. We restored this paint job when I got the car four years ago, by wet sanding and buffing it to the very high luster you see in the photos here.

Current indicated mileage is 37,732. I purchased the car in February of 2013 with with 37,602 miles, so I only drove the car 130 miles! The last owner put 6600 miles on the car during that 20 year period of ownership, a figure confirmed by the records with the car from their purchase in 1993. It is of course difficult to confirm that the indicated mileage is original, but based on information reported by the prior owner, and based on the lack of wear on the original components of this car, I feel strongly this is the actual mileage on this vehicle. You can see various mileage receipts in the paperwork with the car. I have shown some of these in the last photo in the gallery, notably, prior owner notes of annual mileage as well as receipts from service shops (primarily for oil changes) that fit in sequence.

It shines beautifully, the chrome wires are also recent, and everything  about this car is nice. Interior is correct and extremely well-preserved, with the original seat belts and a somewhat modern stereo, with removable speakers in the footwells behind the seats. The car comes with the original tonneau and a good top with a zip down rear window that appears to be about ten years old.

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Bugeye Sprite Adoption

Bud and Phoebe know how to live! And they sure look like they are having fun, as they provide a great model for what’s possible when a Bugeye Sprite gets into your DNA (they had owned their previous Sprite for the last 35 years).

These are the folks who traded their red Bugeye last week (with front fender damage, see them in “trade in your Bugeye” a few posts down) for a nice red Bugeye from our inventory. Here they are officially welcoming their new child into their lives, with appropriate pomp and ceremony. We received their adoption notice this week, with the car photo on the front of the card and the text on the back as shown. We wish this new family many happy miles!

We have now sold 199 Sprites (theirs was #196). We have more good ones in stock to adopt, and the next lucky customer is #200!

Gumby’s New Skin

Gumby is no longer vegan.

After an exhaustive study of green leather color swatches, we ordered an entire leather hide for Gumby’s custom interior, and our first “cow” arrived today. A fat cow in South Germany has given it’s life for beef products and we are the lucky recipients of its hide, which will provide a new green skin for Gumby’s dashboard, seats and panels.

This hide came from Germany, where, I am told, the cows have no humps (so yield is greater), the fences have no barbed wire (so the leather is not scratched), and the result is the best covering you can get for an auto interior. The car that effectively started Bugeyeguy deserves nothing less.

Above you can see the car’s namesake (who is cable-tied to the rear view mirror) wearing his new leather toga. The shades of green are all over the place in these photos (depending on how much LED light was present) but the “aloe thorn” green we chose looks really cool with the Aston racing green color scheme that is unfolding on this car. We’ll get more pictures posted as the interior comes together. In the bigger picture at left, you can see the entire hide un-rolled and laid-out over my car. Soon, the cutting and sewing begins.

We had our hide custom-dyed to match our green theme on Gumby and also had the leather embossed with a more textured pebble-grain finish, to make this leather interior that much more special. We are very excited to be pushing the Bugeye interior envelope with this car. We are confident that this developmental project will inspire many more new custom interiors that honor the Bugeye’s past while providing the high level of fit and finish often demanded by our clients.

Bugeyes, as you might know, all came from the factory with vinyl seat, dash and panel covers. But for high-end modified projects like Gumby (and others to follow), only the finest hide will do.

Jenner and Leno Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite

The Austin Healey Club of America magazine features celebrity Healeys this month and Caitlyn Jenner’s Bugeye (which we prepared) features prominently.

You can read the article by clicking here to open a scanned PDF file!

Trade in your Bugeye Sprite!

Bud and Phoebe have owned their red Bugeye for 35 years, so it’s no surprise that the car was a part of the family, and even ended up on at least one holiday card, as shown below.

Unfortunately, Bud recently hit a stopped KIA in his old friend and smashed it’s nose. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the car faired quite well, although the left fender was destroyed. Rather than hassle with the repair, he quickly called us and purchased our Bugeye “Spring.” Below you can see his two cars at our shop. We found a round-trip shipper who brought us the smashed car for repair and will take Spring back to Bud, the round trip car exchange only took one week. You can see the enclosed trailer in the background that dropped off the smashed car and is ready to load Bud’s new ride! (We didn’t specify a matching red truck, sometimes you just get lucky.)

Click to buy a fiberglass nose

Bud’s old car will get a new Fiberglass Bugeye nose and we will offer Bud’s old friend for sale once the nose is painted. Fortunately, the car was not damaged at all, just the nose.

This is not the first time we have done a Frog swap and we love these reality show-esque quick-change projects. We know there are lots of immobile Bugeyes out there, and spouses and neighbors who have been wondering if these projects will ever move again. We can pick up your project and put a driving car in it’s place, much to the surprise of your friends! Call anytime to discuss turning your parked asset into something you can use!