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 Bugeye Sprite transformed!




Here’s what we have been up to… Luigi came to us from Montreal looking good but not optimized, and after roughly 50 improvements, the car is transformed. Like most Bugeyes (and old British cars in general) there are issues that have not been addressed over the years, and we are getting quite good at sorting them out after the 140 Bugeyes that have passed through our door. It’s a constantly evolving process as we learn from every failure in the field, and push towards perfection. It’s never easy, since we are dealing with more than 50 year old pieces, and often new parts that are inferior. It’s a dance of blending old and new with a lot of fabrication and innovation, all to keep these cars on the road and working beautifully. We’re not perfect, but every car teaches us how to make these cars better than ever.

Take Luigi’s carbs for example… we could see that the front and rear jets were set at radically different heights, and even though the car ran reasonably well, we knew that the asymmetry was a clue that we could do better. Upon disassembly, we discovered that the float jets were mismatched, the carb springs were uneven and mismatched and the float levels were different. We rebuilt everything with rich needles which seem to work better with today’s ethanol fuel, and the car now runs far better with much improved throttle response.

And that’s just one system that we improved… when each system on the car is optimized, the driving experience becomes pure bliss. Lots of Bugeyes are tentative when we get them (especially ebay cars), feeling somewhat loose and unstable. Luigi’s owner and I tossed the car around a bit in the parking lot to demonstrate that the car is now solid and tight, and the resulting driver confidence is what makes these cars so much fun to drive.

We also transformed the cosmetics on this car, by wet sanding the entire exterior to bring the paint back to life. You can see the before picture above as Luigi gets striped of his former orange peel. This work too must be done really carefully because burn through is a constant risk. But the final result is a deep shine for great looks and great performance.

Whether you buy one of our cars (we have six for sale at present, see “current inventory” in the right margin) or you send your car to our facility for transformation, we strive to make these cars into blissful little machines.

Bugeye Sprite racer takes to the track!


IMG_6260You may remember the white Bugeye race car (“Bonnie”) we prepared a few months ago for Karlo in Vancouver (see my driving video in our parking lot)… here it is in the video below blasting around the track in one of Karlo’s first novice races. We are delighted to see the car working so well and you can also see Karlo getting stronger and stronger with every lap! Click on “full screen” so you can ride along and watch his tachometer!

The car does have a bit of an erratic misfire when flat out, which unfortunately allows “the other Bugeye” to pass Karlo on the straight. But Karlo does a nice job of fighting back!
Karlo bought this racer off the web, invested in the car to get it race-ready, committed to the training, and heres a great story of a new and young racer launching a strong new race habit in his Bugeye. I am sure he will further tweak the car and we’ll see more in-car racing footage in the future!

Karlo also bought “Roxy” from our inventory, into which we installed a modern supercharger unit for fast street use. That car which will be featured in a major car magazine next month.

Bravo Karlo!

Austin Healey Sprites, Midgets and Big Healeys, hill climb racing action!

I had a great time watching this video and thought you would enjoy it too. It’s amazing to see how many interesting Sprite variants there are, and they are all interesting to me. In this video you’ll see an array of fiberglass noses on the fronts of both Bugeyes and later Spridgets. You’ll also see a fastback or two, and all these modifications are available for any of the cars in our inventory. We look forward to continuing to expand the custom work we do in our shop!

Click the full screen icon (lower right on the window) and turn up the volume for maximum enjoyment!

It doesn’t always look so effortless… check out this video below too!

This is a great 1275 powered 1960 Bugeye for sale called “Elliot”-take a test drive!


Elliot is now sold and will soon head to Michigan! Congratulations Marty!

Come for a drive in “Elliot,” a quick little Sprite, with a 1275 engine, disk brakes and wire wheels. We have him for sale at $18,995, which is very reasonable for a sorted and well-modified wire wheel car. Click the test drive video above!

This is a super nice car with a number of great modifications. For example, [Read more…]

How it feels to be strapped into a Bugeye Sprite full-on Race car! Test drive!

We had a lot of fun preparing this race car for a great customer of ours in Vancouver, Canada. He has the supercharged car “Roxy” that we modified, and he recently asked us to prepare this dedicated Bugeye racer so he could get some track time and begin his racing career.

The car had been sitting for some time and [Read more…]

A vintage 1960 Bugeye Sprite Race car preserved and made street ready!






This is one of our favorite Bugeyes (and it doesn’t even have eyes)! Our mission was to take this old race car and bring it back as a fun driver. Our goal was to make sure it was easy to drive without being too high-strung. Here’s a picture of the car in it’s former glory, in blue with a different roll bar and wire wheels, circa 1969. Click to enlarge it, it’s a great photo! Headlights were shaved for a more aggressive look, and for better aerodynamics. Of course the original Bugeye design featured hideaway headlights, so this racer evokes the style of the Bugeye prototype, which proved too expensive for Austin Healey to manufacture (there was also reportedly a problem with the headlights popping out at speed on the prototype, a problem they didn’t have the budget to resolve).

This was Gene Rullo’s race car in the 60s and 70s. That’s Gene in the blue car. When he passed away, he left the car to his son Gino, who wanted to bring the car back to life in his dad’s honor. Gino shipped us the car about six months ago. It hadn’t driven in a long time… and the last incarnation was as a race car in the current green and yellow paint scheme, with an open exhaust, no lights, a worn interior and no frills.

We went over everything and set out to make the car user-friendly while preserving the heritage of the car. In fact, we call this project a “preservation,” not a restoration.

First we had to handle the body, which was beat up with racing scars. It had a great patina, but the nose was dented and rusty. Gino suggested we use a different correct Bugeye nose, but we encouraged him to preserve his dad’s vision for unique front of his race car, so we set out to weld-up and fill the existing nose to bring it back to life.

Then we had to deal with the hinges, as the racing nose was removable-not very practical for street use-it’s heavy! So we fabricated flip forward hinges to utilize Gene’s former locking pins.

Then we went through all the systems-new inner fenders were needed, so Bob fabricated those, and air filters, exhaust with sport muffler, shocks, instruments, lights, horn, etc, all so Gino could legally use the car on the road. We painted the roll bar, the door insides, the cockpit and finally the nose. We set up everything for street use, leveraging all our experience from the 114 Bugeyes we’ve had in our shop before this one so we could build a reliable driver. And the result is exceptional.

Even in the 25 degree weather we had today, I tested the car and ran some errands. The brooklands screen does a fine job of keeping the wind off one’s head. The car has tons of power, and a bit of a lumpy idle because of the race cam, but it is easy to drive and great fun!

It was very satisfying to improve the cosmetics without going too far. The car retains so much of the original race character, it makes the experience of driving the car that much more exiting. I am really glad we didn’t repaint the whole car and make it too nice, too restored and too intimidating to throw into the turns. We had talked about putting in carpet but that would have been a mistake. Thus the car still has painted (uncarpeted) floors just like it did when Gino last ran it at Lime Rock.

We recovered the seats but left the period wood grain contact paper and dyno labels for fuel pump and ignition. We did hide a horn button under the dash, and added a hidden battery cut off with a removable key. Notice there is still no ignition key, as you would expect in a race car.

Congratulations Gino! Thank you bringing this car back to life! Look for the car at car shows on Long Island (NY) this summer!

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