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

Lifted Bugeye Sprite

Right front lift arm positions on Bugeye Sprite

People often ask me how to best lift a Spridget. The picture above shows a few options.

The top circle to the upper right in the photo shows our favorite spot, because the front subframe rail is the strongest part of the front of the car. This is the structural member that runs forward to the bumper mount hanging on the front of the car.

The yellow lift pad in the photo above is located on another very strong portion of the front of the car, along the flange at the front of the footwell box (in this case on the passenger side of the car). If lifting here, you’ll want to be careful you are far enough forward so that you don’t dent the footwell gusset, marked by an “X.”

You can also lift at the outer corner marked by the left circle. If lifting here, make sure you don’t damage the outer flange under the rocker panel, because it will be visible for all to see for the life of the car.

Driver’s side (looking aft), outboard of exhaust pipe

Happy lifting!

Father, son, Bugeye.

Father and son

It’s always moving when kids get together to give their parent a really nice gift, and we have been lucky to be a part of many such Bugeye celebrations.

Here’s Dan with his dad Joe as they try out “Robin,” which all siblings ultimately agreed to give to dad for his birthday (he tried on a few different colors before they all settled on this red Sprite).

After some upgrades and a thorough check-over, our 256th Bugeye took off like royalty on a throne. We normally ship cars in enclosed trailers to keep them clean on their maiden journey but since Joe lives about an hour from our shop, an open trailer was fine.

Off went Bugeye Robin to bring joy to this particular family, and to conquer Interstate 95 on its journey, winner of the award for smallest car on the biggest trailer.

Our Electric Frog-E in Automobile Magazine

We are excited to see our Frog-E electric featured in Automobile magazine’s website this week, click here to give it a read!

Our latest Electric Bugeye featured in Automobile magazine. Click the image or the link above for the full article.

Excellent 1959 Leaf Green Bugeye Sprite for sale!

This is “Harvey,” (AN5L 10626) a 1959 Bugeye with a 948 engine and upgraded 1.5 inch carbs as well as front disk brakes. Also fit are new chrome wire wheels and new tires. We sold this car to a good man in Maryland who drove it roughly 300 miles in the past eight years, and we were more than happy to have the car back when he called because this is a nice one!

Chrome wire wheels and spinners look stunning. This is also a very accurate original leaf green re-spray, if you like this unique original color. Leaf green replaced dark green in the Bugeye line up at car #9927 in January of 1959. This car would have been built about 700 cars after that color change.

The car was restored and repainted probably 15 years ago. In 2006, the engine was rebuilt (receipt is included with the paperwork). I would guess that fewer than 1000 miles have been put on the car since the engine rebuild.

The car performs nicely and is a blast to drive. Interior is excellent. Nice top, tonneau and windows are also included. We just installed a new windshield glass and glazing rubber. We also put in new door seals.

Give a call if you would like to take Harvey home!

Save your car (and maybe your butt)

Checked your tie rod end nuts recently?

Vertically oriented nut holds the tie rod to the steering arm

A recent pre-departure inspection of one of our sold cars revealed loose tie rod end nuts. We noticed a tad of play in the steering, which we traced to loose nuts.

Please take a minute and check yours today, to avoid any issues down the road. It’s also smart to check the tightness of the front shocks while you are at it. Sometimes the three bolts holding the lever shock to the body of the car can also loosen-up.

Better than Netflix-25 Sprites battle for National SCCA title

In the video below, you will see the 1980 SCCA H Production runoffs, with about 25 Sprites battling for the national title. You’ll also see interviews with the lead drivers at the end of the footage, in decidedly 80s costume.

I love the video below because it takes me back to a time when I didn’t have 30,000 emails to process, instagram photos to post, and a smart phone to charge. I love and rely on technology and have used it to build our business. I also love the pure sportscar simplicity (and Sprite popularity) evidenced in this video. And David Hobbs as commentator is a nice bonus.

Feel free to skip around in the video (the race starts three minutes in) and enjoy!

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