Inventory for sale is listed below

Bugeyes shown below are in stock and ready for delivery to your door!

(Other great classics too!)

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1958 Excellent Restored Leaf Green 1275 Bugeye Sprite for sale, “Luigi!”
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1958 Thin Windshield Bugeye Sprite driver for sale called “Hampton!”
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1959 Austin Healey Sprite, restored with automatic transmission! NEW VIDEO Test drive!
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1959 Bugeye Sprite for sale-excellent restored example!
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1959 Bugeye Sprite For sale: Best of the Best!
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1959 Restored Bugeye Sprite for sale- VIDEO @ 70MPH! Five-speed, 1275 engine, disc brakes, wire wheels and more!
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1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale, exceptional and beautifully restored!
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1960 Fantastic restored Bugeye Sprite for sale! Video drive!
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1970 Morgan SUPER Plus 8 for sale, modified, improved, blissful.
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Excellent 1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mark 1 BT7 for sale

Another chronic Bugeye Sprite problem solved.

I love the trunk-lid free Bugeye back end, it’s clean and very simple. No edges to chip, no hinges to bend. No trunk lock key to lose.

But when you want to put on a license plate, it’s a royal PITA. We have all climbed into that hole to stare face to face with the fuel tank filler and license plate holes. There has been no better way. Until now.

We have designed a very simple pair of studs with aircraft nuts and rubber pads so that you only have to climb in the hole once. After you have mounted our mounting kit, you can easily mount your license plate from outside the car. The rubber pads hold it off the car and prevent the plate from scratching the paint. You can see it below on my personal car. It works!

It looks great. Every Bugeye needs this product. Check it out in our catalog by clicking the link below!

You can buy one of these kits by clicking here!

Demystifying Spridget/ SU carb choke operation

Here’s some hard-starting help!

We get frequent calls from people who have trouble starting their Bugeyes on cold days. There are lots of possible causes, but too often, incorrect choke operation is the culprit. The jets have to move or the choke will not enrich the mixture, which is required when the engine is cold. In the video below, I demonstrate what it looks like when the jets move during proper choke operation.

Sometimes the jets get gummy, they’re improperly adjusted, or the choke cable is worn, frayed or otherwise can’t operate the jets. We sell a nice reproduction of the original choke cable, which you can buy by clicking here. Another option is to upgrade the whole assembly and make it all new again (shown above). You’ll be impressed to see how nicely a new set of carbs actually works. You can purchase them here (and our kit also comes with a new manifold and heat shield, should you be upgrading from H1 carbs). HS2 carbs are a better design than the the original H1s that came with 948 engines on Mark 1 Sprites. Even the factory agreed that this was a smart upgrade, and fit these carbs on mark 2-948 cars. HS2 have a bigger throats too so you get more performance.

Regardless, check out the video below, I made it for a customer with hard-starting challenges, and I hope it helps you too!

New! Performance rear lever shocks for all Spridgets!

Ride quality is crucial for maximum Midget (and Sprite) fun. Good shocks are essential to attain the best ride quality.

Our new silver “LeMans” shocks have become our favorite… I can tell after driving hundreds of Bugeyes over the same streets that these shocks are plush enough to provide a nice level of comfort, and stiff enough for great performance. And they look cool too! We launched the front silver shocks a few weeks ago, and now we have the rears to follow. (you can order the fronts by clicking here)

Many people tend to discount the importance of rear shocks in a Sprite. After all, the back ends are so light, why would it matter? Well, when you hit the bump in front of our shop with bad rear shocks, the entire boot operates as a sub-woofer and lets out a KA-Bong! So rear shocks indeed matter a whole lot. Make sure yours are good!

If your shocks are leaking, you’re done. Lots of people like to refill them, but they will simply leak out again. We replace all leakers. You should too.

And if yours are not leaking, you may not be able to tell if they are shot just by pressing down on the rear fender. Better to disconnect the arms and see if they move smoothly through their entire range without any loose or dead spots. Any loose undamped arm motion translates to inferior ride and performance! Click here to order a pair of these performance rear shocks!

No more errant holes! Our new rear deck template is here to help…

Here’s another new product that will help you make your Bugeye better!

Back in the old days when Bugeyes were just cars and not wonderful classics, people seemed to drill into them regularly, without pause or planing. A case in point is the red kellison car shown above, which was quite perforated before we prepared it for new paint. Kenny welded shut no less than 19 errant holes. There were 6 extra holes alone for the license plate mount (now there are two, in the right place). Notice all the ground welds, each shiny patch is a former hole. Sometimes it seems like hole-filling is our number one occupation! Nothing ruins a new restoration quite like extra holes that the restorer neglected to fill.

Our templates saved the day! In fact, with our dash template, rear deck template and back end template (click to order), you can properly locate every hole and return your car to its factory greatness! Below you can see the template at work, which tells you which holes stay and which ones need to be filled.

With this car, we chose to weld shut all the short tonneau lift dot stud holes and convert this one to a long tonneau car. Short tonneaus are great, but given a choice, the long tonneau makes the back deck much cleaner. Notice in the photo below how we filled all the holes along the back cockpit edge for the short tonneau formerly fit on this car. Now we only need the four rear tenax fittings which accommodate both the top and tonneau.

There is no longer any excuse for a vacant hole!

How to lift a Bugeye Sprite

This is an original Bugeye Sprite jack. Enjoy the picture of this glorious King Dick brand product. And don’t worry that you don’t have one, because these will potentially damage your car.

Please proceed to the video below that explains why the original jack is more likely to damage your rocker panels than to lift your car safely. This video shows how to do it right.

And please remember, use jack stands!

What to do on the road? Call roadside assistance! We recommend one of the “plus” services that provides at least 100 miles of free towing. It’s always safest to get off the road as soon as possible, and even to ask a passing motorist to help push you out of harm’s way if needed before a flat bed arrives. If you insist on roadside jacking, best to carry in the car an inexpensive scissors jack that will lift the car in the locations shown in the video below. Thanks to David in Florida for this question about what to do on the side of the road.

How to ship a Bugeye Sprite cross-country

Here are some pictures of the two cars that left our shop this week.

It take a lot for us to send one from our nest… we get to know each car intimately and they have to be ready before they can leave. It’s always exciting when we send them off to their new home.

Our cars almost exclusively travel in enclosed transporters, which adds to the fun, because our cars are usually delivered with exceptional truck-mates who also specify that only enclosed shipping will do.

This week, we sent Mitchell (at night) to Portland, Oregon and Booker to Columbia, Maryland. Booker traveled with a late model 911 gt3 RS, which looked like it had landed from someplace other than planet Bugeye. It has 325/30×21 inch tires on the back (about $400 each). Compare that to the Bugeye’s 155/82 x13 (about $60 each). Compare also 500 HP to the Bugeye’s 45. And 0-60 in 3.5 seconds vs 23.5.

But more importantly, the 911 was PDK equipped with paddle shifters, and the non-six speed gear selector between the seats on the 911 never looks right. I know the PDK transmission is an amazingly sophisticated piece of German engineering, but the truck driver said it all… “it’s an automatic.”

Many 911 owners long to have a great Bugeye (and vice versa). Bugeye sports car heritage lives on in the supercars of today, and while they looked like strange bedfellows, it was nice to see them traveling together, each one more connected than one might think.