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

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Awesome restored 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite for sale

This is a 1960 Bugeye #AN5L 47854 (“Zoya”). We sold this car in 2012 to a wonderful man in Maryland (Rod) who, sadly, passed away this year. He set up the car exactly how he wanted and it’s a good one. I know Rod would be happy to see the car going to a good new home.

We got friendly during the build of this car and he was quite conscientious. You can see the pre-build video below. We heaped a large serving of upgrades on this car, and thus the new owner will get the benefit of Rod’s care and investment.

The car has a 948 engine with an upgraded 1098 head (with hardened valve seats) and a new stainless header and exhaust system, mated to a rebuilt four-speed rib case transmission. The speedo currently shows 807 miles. This is a rebuilt unit we provided, which would have started at zero. The original speedo showed 74266 miles when we had the car in 2012 but actual mileage is unknown. You can assume that Rod put about 1000 miles on the car after he purchased it from us.

Other great upgrades installed in 2012 include new wire wheels and tires, new header and performance muffler, cigarette lighter (in the original washer pump hole), arm rest and cupholder, alternator upgrade, electronic tachometer and other upgrades all shown in the video above .

Since 2012, Rod upgraded the car further with a vacuum brake booster. The booster, by the way, dramatically reduces peddle effort and is a nice upgrade if you like more modern pedal effort on your classic car brakes. He also added an electric cooling fan for parades and fit an impressive stereo system, with speakers hanging below the dash. This retro sound system can be removed if the new owner prefers but it makes a nice sound.

If you are looking for a well-sorted and extremely well-optioned car, this is a great candidate. There’s a lot here, including K & N life time air filters, a custom valve cover, new shocks, air horn, new seats, top tonneau and windows, with storage pouches, custom seat belts and more. Give a call if you would like to be the new steward of this fine car!

Bugeye race car prep in pictures and video

There is something for everyone in our shop this week. We have a 1275 engine upgrade project (yellow car), an electric conversion (at right), and this blue car above, a race car needing a new engine installed.

The car came to us from California in pieces, which arrived in a cockpit jumble.

The 1275 race engine was rebuilt in Florida, and arrived on a skid. We assembled it, added a baffled large capacity oil pan, and installed it in the racer.

The lightened flywheel is a work of art and super light.

The Tilton clutch is even more impressive… compact, light weight and ceramic.

Many race Sprites, like this one, have the exhaust fed through the tunnel, so the the car can sit as low as possible to the track. You’ll notice that this car really looks like a bug, with short legs.

This car also has very trick suspension components. The right silver and gold set up is the adjustable rear sway bar. The left link is a rigid joint to replace the rubber mounted shock “dog bone.” You can also see the solid and adjustable radius arm in the background on the left. These hard joints make for a very hard ride and are for track use only. Notice also the rear axle check strap, which in this case is chain.

Every seven years you need a new fuel cell bladder and this one was overdue. We dropped the red fuel cell through the boot floor …

… and removed the pick up assembly.

Next, the new bladder (below) goes into the box, followed by 115 octane race fuel. This engine has a 14:1 compression ratio and requires race fuel.

Note that the fuel cell is more of a (yellow) foam matrix than a bladder.

Once installed, the cell is now marked for another seven years. Fill access is through the hatch above the tank. Vent line at left goes overboard.

Here’s the nearly completed car ready for testing. The electric street Bugeye is parked in the background.

And come for a short video drive below… here, we are still breaking-in the engine, and making sure we can shift into all the gears. The engine sounds wonderful! She’s quite quick and very addictive!

Here, the happy owner and race driver arrives. You might recognize Jeff, who also owns a supercharged blue street Bugeye, that he has also taken to track days. Look for this car, his vintage racer, at Lime Rock, Watkins Glen, VIR and more this fall!

Congratulations Jeff!

Our ’67 BJ8 is New Zealand Bound-Rally prep begins!

This car is now sold and it is about to get very dirty.

In the Spring of 2020, the car will arrive in Auckland, New Zealand for three weeks of on and off road rallying.

If you build a rally tribute car, you have to expect people will actually rally the car, and thus our most stunning modified 1967 Austin Healey 3000 is about to take its new owner on the drive of a lifetime that may include similar terrain to what you see below.

Our primary concern is to make sure the beautiful cast aluminum oil pan does not take a rock strike on the event. If you have been around big Healeys much, you know it is common to see old dents repaired on this vulnerable sump leading edge. This is probably a brand new sump installed during the restoration. Our goal is to keep it that way, and so we have set out to build a skid plate that should do the job.

Below you can see the cardboard template. Next we will cut and weld an aluminum plate to take any impact the underside might receive. Notice the sump hangs just below the lines of the frame rails. Thus, our center skid plate will include a welded oil pan tray to match the underside profile. We’ll raise the car a bit, which will also help improve ground clearance.

Drain holes and oil pan and transmission drain plug access holes are also integral to this plate design, which we will fabricate and report about in the coming weeks. We’ll also make mounting brackets and use quick release dzus fasteners to hold the plate in place.

The new owner of this Healey ran in the Peking to Paris rally a few years back, and you might enjoy the article about that event, linked below.

When showing this car at local events, people were quite curious about the double spare tire boot lid. I put on the stock lid for sleeker lines, but we’ll switch back to the dual spare lid, since she’ll car carry two spare wheels in the event, just as the original designers of that lid intended.

Restored, upgraded and sorted 1960 primrose Bugeye Sprite for sale!

If you are looking for a completely restored and upgraded 1275 and disk brake-equipped Bugeye (that still looks stock), this is a great choice!

This is “Donovan,” (AN5L 32516). In 2012, we completely restored this car with great upgrades, and then sent it in 2013 to South Carolina, where is has lived with a customer since. He’s put just 400 miles on the car since 2013, and so when he offered it to me, I was delighted to have the car back so I could offer it here. It’s still like a newly restored Bugeye, and someone is going to get a very nice car loaded with smart upgrades.

This car was stripped and painted and the build includes impressive add-ons which will make the new owner quite happy.

This includes a rebuilt 1275 engine, rebuilt transmission, front disk brake upgrade, electronic ignition in a new distributor, spin on oil filter, K and N lifetime air filters, front sway bar, air horn, new shocks, LED brake lights, rebuilt carbs, electronic fuel pump, exhaust header and stainless muffler.

The interior is loaded with new parts including new panels, carpet, seats and cover, door liners, door gaskets and the dashboard was removed, welded up and filled to make a nice flat surface for the new vinyl covering. The dashboard is beautiful, with everything in the correct place just as it left the factory. Then we polished the cockpit trim and powder coated the windshield assembly.


You can see the new carpet below, now protected by rubber footwell mats.

There’s too much to list, but there is a new top and sidecurtains in protective pouches and a nice tonneau. Three point retractable seat belts are installed, each buckle with a custom cloisonné emblem attached to the buckle. There’s a hidden cigarette lighter/accessory plug and trickle charger hard wired too.

The last owner spent generously on this car to make it wonderful, and now you can enjoy a car that has been thoroughly sorted in our shop. It’s a good one.

Give a call if you want to take Donovan home!

Awesome restored 1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale with wire wheels and all the right upgrades!

This is one shiny plum.

If you love aubergine early Porsche 911s, this one evokes a similar delicious color scheme. Not a stock color here but a very smart color choice that looks stunning on this car!

This is “Eggplant” (AN5L 49187), a Bugeye built in late 1960 (near the end of production) and titled as a 1961. The car was originally red and was completely stripped to bare metal in 1999. She was then painted this very deep and luscious color of aubergine. She shines beautifully!

This is a great performance Bugeye with 175 (wider) tires, front disk brakes, rebuilt 1275 engine (with under 100 miles) and a nice ribcase transmission. Nice chrome wire wheels are a bonus.

These are quite popular, and properly mounted on the factory splines (not the dangerous bolt-on conversion) The car has been completely rebuilt with all new parts very few miles ago, which makes this a very attractive and very sporty Sprite. This one is available for $24,995

Engine bay is very tidy. Nice exhaust header! And signed by Donald Healey’s son Brian (BIC)! Very nice top, tonneau and side curtains are also included. See photo album below for photos of the weather gear.

Call if you are interested, this is a very nice car!

Striking five speed 1959 Bugeye Sprite for sale! New Video!

This is a “Goldie” (AN5L 10900), a 1959 Bugeye with a striking metallic gold paint job. This is a performance Bugeye, with a street friendly 1275 engine, front disk brakes, 175 (wider) tires, minilight wheels and a Datsun five speed transmission.

This car also has a flip forward nose for better engine access and an alternator upgrade, as well as a roll bar and stereo system. This would be a great car for anyone wanting to enjoy overdrive cruising in fifth gear. These five speeds also offer fully synchronized gear shifting so anyone can drive this car with ease.

Drive video below!

Nice note!

This is a striking Bugeye, with all the popular performance upgrades. If you are new to “the bugisphere,” there’s a strong demand for tastefully modified cars, and this one is no exception, as it provides better traction, more power, improved cooling courtesy of an aluminum radiator, a fully synchronized gearbox, improved disk brakes, and upscale stronger and nicer wheels. Also fit is an exhaust header, spin on oil filter and alternator.

The exhaust note is sublime. The car is tight and quick. This one is for sale for $22,995. Fly in and drive it home!

If you are looking for a solid Bugeye with nice upgrades, this car is a great option!

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