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!

Creative Bugeye Sprite carpet-color options

This week, we introduce a new carpet kit in red with black binding, which we designed specifically for the many red bugeyes out there with black interior components. This is a new and very attractive way to personalize your ride.Carpet colors are fun to play with on Bugeyes. If you are unfamiliar, rubber mats came in the cars when new, and these are no longer available and less durable than carpet, which has become the most common floor covering in these cars.

Thus we continue to experiment with different carpet color combinations for custom cars that come through our building.

In the video below, you can see this new carpet color theme, and also some suggestions about how to install our carpet kit.

You can click here to order any of the nine different carpet kits we stock

Bugeye Sprite door seal install tips

One great secret for getting Sprite door gaskets to stay put is to use the barbed clips on the flange. These little buggers bite into the metal flange quite well, and give the jaws of the weather strip something more positive to grip. Simply press the clips on and then slide the weather strip over them. Then squeeze the weather strip tight with flanging pliers to make the best seal.

Many cars come here with weather strip that refuses to stay put. These little clips help a lot. On this car, you’ll notice the old pieces were glued in place by the prior restorer, perhaps because the clips were not previously present. We’ll clean off the glue residue and rely on the clips to do the job from here on in.

We sell these door seals in black, red, green and blue. You can click here to see these color choices and to order. Each set comes with barbed clips. The clips are also available separately, get yours by clicking here.

Understanding Bugeye Sprite BAE numbers

 

Gumby’s beautiful new green interior is coming together nicely, and so it is time to cover over the rear parcel shelf and say goodbye for now to the BAE number that is still present in crayon on the back deck. 14586 was assigned in 1959 for this body at Pressed Steel, down the road from the Abingdon factory where Bugeyes were assembled. This number is close but not the same as the chassis number, 14908, which lives on as the Vin number for the car. (You can also see the BAE number in the passenger side door jam on the car, as shown).

On many cars these crayon numbers are long gone. I did once see an ebay listing with the vin number, not the BAE # scribbled in this spot in yellow, but I have a feeling that was a sneaky seller. The BAE, not chassis number would be correct in this spot.

I’ve had Gumby since 1978. This is the second non stock paint job, first in BRG and now in Aston Racing green… but I love having that original cherry red reminder under the rear mat, out of site, but still there. The mission of project Gumby has been to innovate while still acknowledging the past.

The BAE number was assigned when the body was stamped and then welded on the chassis at Pressed Steel Company in Swindon. Here you can see a worker at Pressed Steel welding or brazing rear gussets in place on the cargo shelf as the bodies were assembled prior to paint. Note some spots of presumably lead filler on various body panels on the line, in preparation for the trip as shown, down the road to the Morris paint shop in Cowley, where the cars were sprayed. Only then did they move on to the Abington plant for final assembly.

Can you see Gumby in these pictures (circa 1959)?

 

Cross flow Aluminum Bugeye Sprite with four-port injection-first run

We’ve all worked hard to perfect this new build on Gumby, and here is our first run. This cross flow head with fuel injection should give us about 90 HP. We are not trying to set any power records but to simply make a very drivable and consistent platform, with improved reliability. No carb, no choke, no distributor.

We will run this on a dyno soon and provide some hard numbers. We will also offer all these parts for sale. We are improvising here with temporary gauges until the dashboard is recovered and in place, but in the meantime it runs great. No more fiddling with SUs-the laptop allows fine tuning not afforded with the stock components.

Now that the cam is broken in and the engine is ready for the first drive, we move on to the custom interior, which is taking shape nicely.

All about Bugeye Sprite side curtains

Here’s a sidecurtain basics video, requested by a few different clients who were putting on their Bugeye windows for the very first time.

If you want to extend your driving season, side curtains are essential. The problem is that most of them have been damaged from a lifetime sliding around the boot. And when you go to use them, the scratches in the windows reduce visibility dramatically, and render them almost useless. So back in the boot they go, never to be used again.

We have the parts so you can give your windows another chance… we sell new plexi in our catalog, and new window sets if yours are missing. And new rubber gaskets too, should those be needed. But most important is a soft pouch, to protect the plexi and ensure scratch free windows, and thus good visibility, and safety for all occupants!

Buy a set of new side curtains by clicking here

Buy a side curtain pouch by clicking here

Click here to head over to the Side Curtain section of our Online Parts Catalog 

Bugeye Sprite creative color schemes

Color creativity with Bugeyes is a real luxury. Were we E-type specialists, we might be more limited, since correct colors are crucial for investment grade vintage Jags. But with Sprites, many tastefully modified cars come with great non-stock colors. The market is strong for Bugeyes that are well-modified, even if the color is non-stock.

Witness “Bugvette,” which left this week for its new home in Nantucket. This was a one-owner car that was mostly original, but the original owner repainted it in a handsome dark blue. The current owner liked the idea of a tan top and tonneau, and the final result is stunning, a one-of-a-kind color combo that works great!

We continue to push the color envelope and Bugvette is another winner. We stock tan tops and tonneaus in our catalog, and can get many different custom colors. Just ask! Check out the top and tonneau section of our Online Catalog by clicking here.