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1250 Miles in a Bugeye Sprite, and counting!

These intrepid travelers flew-in from Austin, Texas last weekend and took off in their new Bugeye “Molly” last week. 1250 miles later, they are still on a very interesting geography experiment. I thought they were headed back to Austin but their first stop was due North of our shop in Burlington, VT. This is a good sign. It must mean that Molly is a lot of fun to drive.

Bugeye “electronic key” shirts… car only runs when matching t-shirts are worn.

Amanda and Vic are on one most excellent road trip. And they are collecting pictures of good food and roadside monuments to prove it. For us, it’s a great reliability test, and the further they go, the more we learn about how to build the most drivable British car.

Just add hats and cowboy boots.

Our goal has always been to produce great cars our clients can really use. It’s easy to fall in love with an Internet bride while surfing, but will that classic car make it around the block when it arrives?

And you thought Mercedes Gullwing luggage was special.

We are in the details business, and our goal is for you to get into one of our cars and drive it 1250 miles (and hopefully a whole lot more!) without issue. Customers like Amanda and Vic give us a chance to see how well we are doing.

Breakfast in Burlington… while drivers gorge, Molly gathers over-the-counter drugs across the street for what lies ahead.

After a nice breakfast in Burlington, Molly boarded the ferry to Plattsburgh, NY, and our crew headed to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater out in Western Pennsylvania (Southeast of Pittsburgh.

Across Lake Champlain, to Plattsburgh, NY.
The timeless design world tour

And then back to Gettysburgh. Next stop, Key West! If they keep going, they will eventually run into Texas… (it’s the big one down there somewhere).

Gettysburg. Changing times, changing automotive priorities.

The car is performing wonderfully. She has consumed one quart of oil, which is probably about right for a middle-aged 948 engine. And no issues other than some lighting challenges after an afternoon in the rain. Those cute little British wiring bullets are not as water tight as one might like. And Molly has an older wiring harness, the changing of which was not part of the scope of our preparations. Here’s to drier weather as they head South!

Here’s an excerpt from Amanda’s notebook:

Observations after our first day in Mollie… Driving is far more elemental. More like a motorcycle than a modern car. You are connected to everything around you, nothing filters you from the road and the world around you. Smells, sights, sounds, wind, bugs. It is truly a tiny car, parking is a breeze, but she can hide behind a subcompact. You can’t be in a hurry, you will be stopped constantly by people that want to talk about the car. There seems to be a wave unique to old British car drivers, we seem to now be in the club. There is a surprising amount of leg room, but don’t let you cell phone slide under the seat!  Major rescue operation to get it out lol. I now understand why women used to wear hair scarves!  Sunscreen is a must!

Thank you for sharing your adventure with us Amanda, Vic and Molly! We’ll have another update next week!

OEW tribute Bugeye

This is a mean, lowered, five speed/front disk/1275 Bugeye that we’ve been building. It’s almost done.

I am really happy with this build. The car is a tribute to Olde English white, THE quintessential British sports car color. Original white cars frequently arrived w/black seats with white piping. We took that color theme to the next level.

The wheels underline the black and white contrast. Our hardura interior mats are French stitched with white thread. And the dashboard is accented with twin thin white borders for a more elegant level of trim.

Now for the windshield… what’s your preference… Brooklands or regular full size?

We’ll have more pictures next week!

1956 Austin Healey 100 BN2 with LeMans Kit for sale

This has been my personal 100M since the fall of 2012. I have not been using it enough, and it’s time to pass this stunning car to a new owner.

The car was comprehensively restored by a passionate Healey enthusiast, who worked hard to create a show-winning car that he could also drive. He started with the preferred 1956 four-speed BN2 100 Healey and correctly built the car to the proper LeMans spec, which was verified by M registry certification.

The car is stunning. Paint work is excellent in correct Healey blue. Panel fit, door fit and swage line fit are all excellent. Dashboard paint scheme is also correct, and the matching blue leather seats are exceptional.

The original engine and gearbox were completely rebuilt, and the M- spec engine produces brisk acceleration. A lower ring and pinion set was built into the rear end, to make for impressive highway cruising. The original electric overdrive functions beautifully, and in fourth gear with overdrive engaged, the lower rear end allows effortless 70 mph cruising. The car runs on modern radials with 72 spoke painted wire wheels, much stronger than the stock 48 spoke painted rims (and bias plys) that would have come with the car. This configuration made it easy for me to enjoy a delightful long drive to Lime Rock Park for the fall concours in 2015, where the car was awarded third place in class.

In recent years, I have fit a high-output starter motor and premium Optima Battery (in the original battery tray). These upgrades have made the car easy to start even after she has been sitting for a few weeks. The new owner will appreciate the ease with which the car springs to life courtesy of these upgrades.

Engine bay is quite tidy, and the spin-on oil filter upgrade (above) makes service easier. I’ve also hidden a K & N lifetime air filter in the front shroud, mounted on the end of the correct reproduction air hose. Many of these M air boxes are running without air filters but I made certain that filtered air would help protect this great engine.

I have maintained the car so that it is ready to enjoy. I have recently replaced the master cylinder, rear wheel cylinders, brake shoes and front shocks. I would not hesitate to drive this car on a long trip.

The convertible top is also excellent and quite useable, made of uprated matching blue everflex with the addition of a zip-down rear window, which is an excellent upgrade that makes the car that much more useable on the hottest of days. I have enjoyed top-up rear window down motoring when the sun is otherwise too hot for an open car drive. In this way, the top functions as an awning and with windows off and rear window unzipped, the occupants enjoy maximum ventilation. Nice side curtains are included, as is a good blue tonneau cover.

I bought this car because it is a show-winner that can also be driven and enjoyed, and the new owner will appreciate the fact that this is not just a showpiece that is tucked away in the garage. Whether the windshield is folded down or left in the more upright position, this is an exceptional sculpture on wheels that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

The car is available for $99,900.

Restored Primrose 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite!

NEW! A new black top is now fit to the car (see photo album).

Meet “Yellow”, a 1960 Sprite (AN5L 36149) that was completely restored about ten years ago. The car was built to look completely stock, right down to the bias-ply wide white wall tires. I also like the vintage Lucas headlights.

42,986 miles show on the clock. New footwell floor pans were installed during the restoration. The body is quite solid. The paint still looks great. Interior is great too!

This is a great car for anyone who wants a mostly stock Bugeye, fit with the original 948 engine and transmission. Front disk brakes were added during the restoration and this is a nice upgrade. A period ammeter also adorns the dashboard.

New top, fit to car!

The fuel pump was upgraded to an electric unit. The car is also fit with a period exhaust header. Otherwise, the car is completely stock, with the original 948 engine and stock carburetors. We just changed the clutch kit, which had been slipping.

We just fit a new top to the car. A nice tonneau is also present (as shown in the photos), along with original side curtains that need restoration. Original jack is included, along with a good original spare. The boot looks nice with the correct factory inner fiber board panels.

She’s a joy to drive, clean and shiny, and a very solid car. Please send an email or call if you would like to own this car!

Outstanding 1960 cherry Red Bugeye Sprite for sale

Lots of little improvements to Hudson are NEW this week– There was a little wrinkle on the dashboard above the horn hub… no more! We removed the wheel and steering hub and re-glued the dash cover to eliminate the wrinkle (these are the details we sweat). We also added top and side curtain photos, they are in nice shape!

We also removed the horrific reproduction flat choke knob and cable and replaced it with the correct original type that matches the starter pull. We changed the turn signal switch while we were at it. Dashboard and switches are now looking better than ever! And we also adjusted the nose so that the wings fit flush on both sides (this is a great fitting nose).

Nice top and windows!

This is “Hudson,” (AN5L 38415) a very strong Bugeye in original cherry red, first titled as a 1961 but built in 1960. The car underwent an impressive ground-up restoration in 2004 and it still looks better than new. Mileage showing is 67,427. Could be original mileage? Always hard to tell but the records might verify that the odometer never turned over.

I like the incredibly detailed records that come with this car. The fellow who commissioned the restoration traced ownership right back to the very first owner. You can see this document in the photo gallery. In fact, the car comes with an impressive notebook with dozens of receipts, including a build sheet for the engine work, also done before 2010 with only about 3000 miles driven since.

The interior is excellent, and the car is great to drive. Engine bay is quite clean too, with the original 948 power plant and four speed transmission.

Top and windows are good, (see photos below) tires are striking period white wall bias-plys. Red with red seats is the correct color, although a big unconventional. This is a great car for anyone who wants a show-ready car and to have a great time driving to events in style!

To Austin in an Austin

This is “Molly,” our 245th Bugeye, and this weekend she departs on a big adventure. Amanda and Vic have flown in from Texas and they will begin their drive from to Connecticut to Austin this Sunday. This will be the second longest maiden voyage a customer has made in their new Bugeye. (Rick drove his from our shop to Seattle by way of Arizona, and he holds the record).

This reliability run puts our departure checklist to the test. We carefully combed through this car all week long to make sure no stone was unturned. We checked everything, and then checked it again. When we were all done, the charging system smoked on the final test drive!

Argh!

The regulator points stuck closed despite the fact that we had checked and cleaned them earlier in the week. Regardless, the smoke came out.

The best reliability solution we have is to upgrade to a genernator, which is what you see installed above. Along with it, we installed a dummy regulator (below), which is really a 50 amp fused junction box. That should be the last time the charging system fails, now that the offending Lucas regulator is banished for ever. Click here if you want a genernator for your car too!

We’ll have updates next week regardling Molly’s 2000 mile. We’ll keep you posted!

Contact us at David@bugeyeguy.com or call (203)-208-0980 during business hours