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

1958 Thin Windshield Bugeye Sprite driver for sale called “Hampton!”

If you like the earliest of Bugeyes, this one is for you! PRICE REDUCED to $19,995!

Of the original 49k and change that were made, how many Bugeyes do you think are left? 2500? 5000?

And of those remaining cars, how many are left that were made in 1958? I am guessing 10% (and that may be high). So there are somewhere around 250-500 1958 Bugeyes left on the planet. And that’s why I wanted to share this car “Hampton” with you again. It’s a rare car, and should be a great investment, given its rarity.

To be fair, this is not a correct factory color and the larger engine and Weber carb are not stock either. But the correct thin windshield, the correct original ’58 only door levers, the correct ’58 rocker panel gussets at the B pilar, and other ’58-only features make this a car well worth considering.

To make Hampton even more attractive, we have lowered the price to $19,995. Call if you want to take Hampton home! This is a great car with a sweet performance exhaust note and a wonderful shine! Spring has come early in New England, let’s get you ready to enjoy the warming weather!

Hampton is car #AN5L 3418. If you are unfamiliar, at roughly car #5500, the windshield frames changed to a thicker assembly, and these early assemblies are now quite rare. We almost never see these properly fit to the appropriate early cars so it’s great to see one shown here. They are more slender and graceful, and it’s nice to see one still in circulation where it belongs. Notice also the long door levers, which also changed to a much more common shorter flavor later in the Bugeye production run. You can also see the correct early windshield wiper motor in the engine bay.

This is a very sharp driver with a larger 1275 engine, rib case transmission and disk brakes, so the power is great and the braking is excellent. The car is also fit with a performance exhaust that makes a very nice noise. A single Weber downdraft carburetor has been fit too. We just put in new front shocks. A solid state electric fuel pump has also been installed. Front anti-roll bar is also present for optimized handling. There’s a nice air horn too.

This car is ready!

The paint is quite good with a lot of luster as shown. We put in new carpet, new panels and new door seals, which made the car quite stunning inside too.

Floors have been repaired. They look good and you can see this in the photos of the tub before we installed the new carpet and panels. There was a roll bar once, and you can still see its former mounting holes in the floor pan. There is no top or tonneau, but we can make a new white or black one for you if you like. New windows are also available.

This is a strong driving car that would be a welcome addition to any stable!


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.

Our favorite Sprite steering wheel

The green Bugeye “Marco” leaves our shop today, and one of our favorites of the many upgrades on this car is the steering wheel. This is a very high-quality product from Moto-Lita, with an improved spoke layout that allows easy visibility of the Sprite dashboard gauges. The Moto Lita brand name is artfully engraved in the top spoke. And it is a name worth proudly displaying, because their quality is superior to the other generic wood wheels you often find on British cars.

A new wood wheel is one of the nicest ways to upgrade your cockpit. The billet hub is so well-finished, you can see the tonneau zipper and seat ribs reflected! You can order this art piece for your Bugeye by clicking here!