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1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale-The Bee’s Knees!

Goldie is for sale once again!

If you missed this Bugeye last year, it’s for sale once again! Ron, who bought the car a year ago, just got his fourth Bugeye so this one has to go to make room

He has only made the car better during the past year, when he added a custom black headrest in the roll bar (above). He’s also added a second Brooklands windscreen, so his passenger can enjoy a windbreak, as well as an awesome custom tonneau, with matching stitching.

Call or email if you would like to own this fine car!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-1.pngI spent a whole lot of time and money to build my own personal “ultimate” Bugeye and this one gets you there for a whole lot less money and it’s ready to go now. In the video below, you can see just how much fun a car like this can be, even before you leave your own driveway.

This is about the most fun you can have with under 50 HP…

This is “Goldie,” (AN5L 45557) a 1960 Austin Healey Sprite first titled in 1961. If you love the simpler stripped-down days when Bugeyes were driven to work during the week and flat-towed to the race track on weekends, this is the ultimate. It’s basic and elemental, with a minimalist Brooklands windscreen, new black seats and new rubberized mats. It’s clean and ready to zip.


We took a dry Texas Bugeye from its recent home in dry New Mexico and built-up a pocket-racer, that will give the new owner at 30 mph about the same amount of fun you can have in a Porsche at 100 (with much lower maintenance and up-front costs). Sure, you won’t have a roof, but in a car like this, that’s not the point. This is all about pure sportscar bliss, and this little bugger delivers. [Read more…]

Why your classic car needs new tires.

Everyone cheats on the date.

And it makes sense, most classics never even begin to wear out the tread. We just don’t drive them enough.

Here’s how you tell just how old your tires are:


058 date stamp

The tire above has a three digit date stamp. This means it was built before 2000. It would have made in the 5th week of 1998, or 88? There is no way of knowing (hence the change to four digits after 2000). All tires after 2000 have a four digit date stamp like the one below. That one was made in the 34th week of 2006, which means it’s 12 years old.

3406 date stamp

In actuality, both of these tires are in our discard pile that you see above. Even the 12 year-old tire is past its prime.

I can tell right away from the ride quality, the date stamp merely confirms what my butt already knows. Any tire more than about 8 years old has started to harden, and as such, it yields less and provides a firmer ride. Sprites need all the suspension they can get, and the tire is vital for a supple ride. Older tires also skitter along the tops of the peaks of any asphalt surface, instead of hooking up with the roadway. As such, an old tire doesn’t grip as well and certainly can’t brake as well.

I used to think this was all propaganda from tire sellers. But I have driven enough Sprites now over the same local roads to be able to feel the difference. Old tires don’t stick. Sprite suspension is so low tech that the tire is even more vital for a good ride and the safest drive. While I hate to put more tires into the waste stream, safety is more important, and if your British car stops 50 or just 10 feet sooner because the rubber is fresh, that might just save your Bugeye nose from some unsightly scars!

Please proceed to your car and check the tire date stamps today. 13 inch tires are cheap, about 1/4 of the price of modern tires for most SUVs.

Shameless plug: we sell the tire we use on all our restorations, you can find it by clicking here.

Bugeyeguy Bee Hive build- out

Bending the hand rail

We are in the middle of a big push right now to finish our facility renovations. We’re really proud of our converted 1951 Quonset hut so I wanted to share what we worked on this week, in tandem with the seven Bugeyes we are currently building for clients.

One of the missing pieces has been the railing on our loading dock. Above you can see Kenny putting the bends in the new hand railing. The guy’s good-he started with a straight steel tube. 

That railing hangs from simple I- beams he cut, profiled and mounted to the concrete. We next had them powdercoated. Those stanchions support the entire cable railing system that will go in next. 

Welding the railing to the brackets

Below you can see the nearly finished railings (ran out of daylight). Next week, we’ll finish profiling the loading dock for drainage, and then mount the rest of the stanchions, so the cables can be strung.

Thank you Kenny for fabricating all this great metal work! And thanks to Jeff Hoover of Tappe Architects for this great design!

Code required extensions welded on the bottom of the rail

Gas-powered 1275 VS electric Bugeye Sprite

Our electric Bugeye is now ready for its new interior, and we are very excited. The car is sorted and exceeds our expectations mechanically, and now we can make it look stunning. Stay tuned!

If you have been following this project, you know I am in love with it, mainly because it is smooth and consistent. I get the feeling that it will be just as smooth and consistent in 100,000 miles. This is a big service interval in the British classic car world, where the life span of a newly rebuilt 948 engine may only be about 50,000 miles.

This week, I wanted to share two videos… the first is of a gas powered Bugeye with a newly rebuilt 1275 engine and five speed Ford transmission. We installed this upgraded powertrain for Len from New Jersey, and finished it with the same anthracite wheels and new tires you see on the electric Bugeye. Len’s car now tracks like an arrow and cruises beautifully at 70 mph, @ about 3300 RPMs in fifth gear.

The sound is just about perfect, courtesy of our custom twin-tipped muffler. Zero-60 time is 15.27 seconds (stock 948 was reported to be 20.5 in 1958). By the way, I backed off a bit because of the truck bearing down on me, so this time is a bit slower than what is possible…

Next is “Sparky,”our electric prototype, with a 4:22 rear end. Zero to 60 time is 10.2 seconds, a full five seconds faster. It also gets to 60 in about half the distance, 530 feet vs 898 ft. The sound you might love in the prior video is completely missing. But I have come to love the electric motor sound too. It’s not a replacement for a sweet exhaust note, it’s just a different cool sound. In fact it makes me think back to black and white Flash Gordon television I used to watch as a kid. Whenever Flash jumped into Dr Zarkov’s rocket to go anywhere, the spaceship made an electric buzzing noise, and I think of Flash each time I take off…

The electric turns 4800 rpms at 75 mph. You might notice the that electric motor really comes on as the RPMs climb. We will next switch to a 4:55 rear end for even more off the line performance. This will raise the RPMs on the highway, but this electric motor doesn’t care the way our gas engines do. Load matters more than RPMs. Range is about 100 miles per full charge. This car is fit with a fast charger so it works at highway charging stations.

We look forward to the next electric conversion… if you have a Bugeye sitting on your property with a worn 948 engine and transmission, our electric direct drive conversion is an attractive option! Or, if you would prefer a rebuilt 1275 with a five speed, we have that kit in stock too! Call or email to get your car on our winter schedule! We can pick up your car anywhere in the country, even if it doesn’t run.

Restored 1959 Bugeyed Sprite for sale!

This is a restored 1959 Austin Healey Sprite Mark 1, AN5L 6825, a car we call “Mellow.” The car was owned for 40 years by the prior owner, and kept in nice climate in South Carolina. It shows… the car is rust free, without any blisters anywhere. This is a very solid car that benefitted from zero road salt and good garage storage.

Bugeye trivia: This is an early ’59 car that still has the long color-matched door handles. Note coil mounted on top of generator, an early car feature too!

The car is quite stock, with a 948 engine, smoothcase transmission and drum brakes all around. It’s great to drive, and looks great too. We have added a new carpet kit, new interior panels and new door edge gaskets to freshen-up the interior. Overall, the car looks brand new.

The car was repainted once along the way, and the paint is holding up quite nicely. It shines great. The gas cap is properly painted yellow… this was the way the cars came from the factory, with color-matched caps.

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Custom Works Tribute! 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MK3 BJ8 for sale

This is, without exception, the nicest car we have ever owned.

This works rally tribute car is the product of an obsessive $200K restoration, complete with an impressive list of improvements and modifications. There are dozens of system upgrades, such as a custom leather interior fit with Healey 100S vented seats, upgraded Bilstein shock absorbers, an impressive custom heating and air conditioning system, a fire quench system and even a lighted WW2 bomber compass beautifully integrated into the hardtop (which has an exceptional headliner finished in ultrasuede).

Works Rally car at 1962 Coupe des Alpes event

The engine was built to exacting standards for a significant power increase. It was fit with roller rockers, a slightly hotter cam and stunning set of triple side draft Webers. Each throat is fit with a velocity stack and filter. These beautiful carbs are accessed by a color-matched custom panel, just like the factory rally cars. The engine is dressed with a rare Ruddspeed valve cover, and the exhaust is a sculptural array of stainless headers and custom pipes.
There are even two matching boot lids, one stock and one with a twin spare tire duck tail (custom built to match the original works rally car boot lid). Both fit the car, and the new owner can easily swap these depending on taste or event. The stock boot lid is currently on the car… many of the pictures in the gallery feature the rally lid in place.

It’s all done to the highest standard. This is a unique opporunity to own a fantastic Healey works rally tribute car, that has been upgraded so that you can use it everyday. I have put a few hundred miles on this car, and it’s a knock out, and tons of fun to drive and show! Check out the awesome sounds that come from this custom exhaust system in the video below!


Check out the smart LED brake lights fit to the original reflector pods on the rear wings. The builder even fit an LED brake light on the back side of the license plate light.

Click “read more” to see additional pictures of this awesome machine!

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