When I first got my Bugeye, I would sometimes imagine a team of lab-coat clad gentlemen busily building my little green car. I figured they might turn out something like one car a week at the Bugeye factory, because even though they are simple cars, the workers had to stop a lot for tea, and there were no robots or computers in 1959 to speed the car down the line.
It turns out that the factory in Abington, England was actually pretty dang good at building cars, and they turned out Sprites quite efficiently. Bugeye production started in March of 1958 and a total of about 48,943 cars were built by the time they stopped production in late 1960. If you average this total production over a period of three years, that comes to 16,314 cars per year which equals 313 cars per seven day work week or almost 45 cars a day.
That’s a lot of Bugeyes per hour!
This T shirt features proof… here’s a photo of the delivery yard at the Abington factory with a boat-load of Bugeyes awaiting shipment, most likely to the USA. This photo would have been taken in 1959 or 1960, sometime after the first 5000 1958 skinny windshield cars had already departed.
I counted about 147 Bugeyes in this picture and I bet they were about to be loaded onto a single ship that was destined to feed the BMC dealership network throughout North America. They were also destined to create so many memories for the generations who grew up with these wonderful little cars!
These t-shirts are printed on 100% cotton heather gray premier shirts. They are beautifully imprinted, one at a time, with this vintage photo on the front and the bugeyeguy logo on the back. Click the shirt image to enlarge for more detail. Available in sizes S to XXL. Bugeye not included. Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery- we stop a lot for tea!