(if a car is not pictured here, it has been sold)

1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mark 1 BT7 for sale-ultimate driver

If you have always wanted to enjoy the roar of a Big Healey, this car is worth serious consideration. HBT7L 6635 is a great driver that we recently freshened with about $10,000 worth of restoration work. Chrome wire wheels, drive splines, chrome spinners and tires are new, hydraulics are new, exhaust system is new, dashboard and panels in the interior are new, seats are nice leather and carpet is new. The car is solid and it drives beautifully. It is available for just $39,995.

The car is olde English white over Colorado red. It grunts and growls like a six cylinder Healey should. Electric overdrive works great. We’ve also installed a premium aluminum radiator and upgraded engine driven fan, to ensure the car stays cool in the hottest climates.

The car is a blast to drive!

She was restored in the early 90s, when the engine was rebuilt with hardened valve seats (to run on unleaded gas) at that time. We’ve maintained the car over the past five years and the prior owner was generous with his investment and took care of the car properly. It’s a fantastic driver that starts right up and is ready to GO!

A great nearly new top is included, along with all the top hardware. We’ll put up a photo of the top soon.

Good side curtains are included, as is a nice tonneau. The tonneau bar and battens have gone missing, but new pieces are available (these stiffen the tonneau).

This is a fantastic car for anyone who wants to get out and drive their Big Healey… well sorted and properly upgraded so you can enjoy it out on the roads this summer!

Inexpensive restored Bugeye for sale for summer fun! (Or convert to electric?) $12,495.

I bought this car to offer customers an inexpensive yet solid Bugeye. You’ll never find another Bugeye freshly-restored and rust-free, equipped with wire wheels, disk brakes, a rebuilt transmission, lower (highway) rear end ratio and an upgraded/more powerful rebuilt engine for this price. This offer gives those of you on a budget a chance to get into the game with a really nice car at a very reasonable price.

The car is affordable because it is built on a 1976 Midget platform. However, unlike Bugeye noses on square Spridget bodies, this car got a new nose as well as a new Bugeye rear clip, so it looks very much like a Bugeye. The nose, rear fenders and deck are fiberglass which makes the whole package lighter, and which also opens up the possibility of converting this car to an electric FrogE.

If you are interested in our electric conversions, you can purchase the car from us and then hire us to convert the car to electric, and, once complete, we can send it right to your door. In this way, you don’t have to budget for an expensive restoration before the electric conversion begins.

While we can be purists (as evidenced by the national level concours gold Sprite we built a few years ago), this is a car for the rest of the world. It’s simple and looks and feels pretty much like a 1275 disk brake equipped Bugeye. One big benefit is the half elliptical (later) rear leaf springs, which make the ride more plush. The single carb 1500 engine has plenty of pep. It has a spin on oil filter, alternator, dual master cylinders, and expansion tank cooling system, all benefits courtesy of this later Midget platform.The wire wheels are the proper factory original style, (not the dangerous bolt-on conversion).

Give a call if you want to take this car home. It’s quite sharp with tons of curb appeal with either the current (quite-capable) gas power plant or an electric conversion.

Another year, another Summer in love with British classics

I spent some time this week upgrading the pictures of a few of the cars on our site. We have a number of extremely handsome classics for sale at the moment, and up until now, I have not had time to ensure the photos do them justice. So I jumped into two Bugeyes, a TR2, a Healey 100, and drove them all to a gorgeous marsh setting near our Quonset hut, to create some new photo albums.

Aiden. The best of the best.

I accomplished my mission, and you can the results from my evening photo sessions peppered in this post. (Feel free to click on any car here to see the rest of the photo album for that particular car elsewhere on our site.)

But that’s not what I wanted to share in this particular post.

While I was standing out there in the pastoral setting shown here, I couldn’t help but reflect on why we do this. Why do we obsess about the perfect restoration, the best innovation, the most reliable product? Why do you read this blog each week, why does it matter to you enough so that, (as one reader told me this week) if it doesn’t show up in his inbox on Saturday morning, he has a bad day?

A Bugeye called Yellow (Primrose).

The more time I spend with these old cars, the more I realize just how special these cars really are. (If you are reading this, you likely agree). I see it in the way people smile at what emerges from our driveway. I see it in the faces of people on the highway, hanging out of the passenger side window, smart phones in hand, filming my presence. I see it in the face of customers and couriers alike, who turn the corner inside our building and see a row of sculptures one can actually drive (and afford).

People want so badly for their automobile to have a personality. And this is a tough thing to manifest in today’s new car market. Sure, some folks might give their new Nissan Altima a cute name, but walk through any parking lot and tell me which car is memorable. These days, the supermarket lot is a sea of sameness, and when I leave work, I want my car to provide a kind of sanctuary that is not currently available in what I might purchase at today’s auto dealership.

1967 Austin Healey 3000. Different location, same point.

Leslie and I were in Houston recently where we rented a car to drive from the Airport out to College Station to visit a friend. The rental car clerk gave us our choice of keys, and we figured we’d try the Chrysler 300 that looked like the one below. It’s a nice new car with some personality, albeit a bit mean.

Image result for chrysler 300

We spent about 300 miles with this car, and while it was a great car that did everything well, it was not a memorable car. It was not a car in which I could ever see myself falling in love. Or collecting. Or that would one day result in “ (run by my heirs). It is, sadly, just a car.

I am really sorry if you are the director of the Chrysler 300 club, but I think you know what I mean… cars today are not the same as the cars about which we obsess. We are not the same either. What we want, and what the highways in and around Houston (and other cities) seem to verify, is a car that is quiet and comfortable, with amazing digital climate control, so we can drive in peace and quiet in a protective box, perhaps more focused on our personal electronic devices than on the car or on DRIVING.

British Sportscars are anything but that.

1955 Triumph TR2. Automotive profile redefined.

And this is my point. We have a different concept of what defines a nice car. It has to have grace. And maybe even leak a little oil. We have this concept in our DNA. Most new drivers do not. And new offerings in the marketplace are not helping our cause. And every year, the new and the old are, well, getting further apart.

And so if you have a classic cars, (any classic car!), won’t you please get out this weekend and drive it.

Show it off.

If your classic is just collecting dust in your garage, we’ll pick it up and make it run great. Or we’ll buy it and find it a new owner who can carry the torch. We need you and/or your car out there to promote the possibility that all cars do not need to be alike.

That grill! That Windshield! And a belt! 1956 Austin Healey 100 with M kit

Our work is about providing vehicles that have a fighting chance of competing on modern roadways, courtesy of LED brakes lights and other reliability upgrades we have tested now on almost 250 cars. Whether you want to drive to the racetrack, run some laps and drive home again, or noodle over to the cafe to enjoy a coffee with your pals, our goal is to make an old car that can drive out of your garage and preach this message to the people. Cars matter. What you choose to drive matters.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for being a part of our mission. We are keeping the flame alive here and we hope more people will join us.

Spread the word

Here’s one Bugeyeguy’s uniform today, now that the temps here have finally moderated!

If you want to celebrate all things Sprite (in the spirit of the post above), check out this shirt and hat in our shoppe!

Riding the lift with “Heidi,” a new offering in the works!

The world’s most reliable (and fun) Bugeye Sprite

Wipers work too! Photo Dom Milano

Above is Jeff in his blue Bugeye “Peggy,”, a car we prepared with a supercharger, rebuilt 1275 engine and five-speed transmission. We also performed about 100 additional improvements, to make the car as reliable as possible.

This is Jeff’s car, before it departed our shop, with supercharger installed.

Much to our delight, Jeff took the Amtrak train to our shop, jumped into the fully serviced car and drove it three hours to Boston, then got up the next morning and drove 145 miles to Lime Rock Park where he ran about 20 hot laps on Saturday in a driver school, drove to the hotel (about 40 miles roundtrip), back to the racetrack for another 20 laps of racing, then another 145 miles home to Boston.

Photo: Ed Hyman

Do you think the average Bugeye sold online or on an auction site can survive this sort of intense mixed use driving?

I doubt it.

After 246 Bugeyes through our building, we know what to look for, and what to change proactively to keep your British sports car on the road. Thanks, Jeff, for demonstrating that our processes work. Thanks for the drivable (and racing) testimonial!

If you’d like a supercharged Bugeye of your own, we have “Carmine” available, a car that would be equally at home on the track or at the golf course. You can see Carmine by clicking here…

Photo: Richard Campbell

Don’t do this to your Bugeye Sprite

When was the last time you inspected your water pump bypass hose?

Please take a close look before you attack the roads this driving season, because this little hose will ruin your day if it fails on the road. Don’t leave yours unattended, like the one shown here.

Right of center, left of hose clamp lurks a failure about to happen

If you are unfamiliar, this little hose bridges a port on the water pump to the engine head. You can see it in the top center of the photo below, its the corrugated hose that is horribly cracked.

‘Bout to burst

This one is all done, and needs to changed ASAP. Corrugated is popular, since the hose is hard to get in place and the corrugations allow you to compress the hose to get it between the two nipples. We find that straight hose if far more durable. So if you order one of our bypass hoses, that’s what you’ll get.

You’ll find this repair a lot easier with the radiator removed. And while you are at it, now is a good time to upgrade your cooling system for hot weather driving ahead. Nothing is worse than waiting on a long line to get into a car show while watching your temperature climb to dangerous levels. These are easy to install when the water pump is removed.

We recommend a new six blade cooling fan and, aluminum radiator. We change water pumps proactively too while all this is apart, since the seals can fail and cause coolant leaks. I suggest you fit a deep impeller pump even if you have a 948 engine. You might have to remove a tiny bit of cast iron inside the water jacket to get it to fit, but you will move more water with every revolution. Of course a new thermostat is a good idea too while the cooling system is drained.

There is no such thing as too much cooling on your Spridget. The products listed will help you enjoy the hot weather that lies ahead! The heater valve is a common leak point, so you might want to carry a spare.

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