Byron is now sold to Linda and Howard of Illinois!
You might remember seeing this car here about a year ago… we sold it to a wonderful new owner in Florida who decided to move on this year and sold us back the car. He cared for the car perfectly during his stewardship and Byron is as nice as ever. The car comes with a British heritage certificate which confirms that the engine is original to this car. This car is one of the nicest we have had and could be shown at national concours events, or driven and enjoyed, just as the last owner did. This is a top shelf car for someone looking for the absolute best. Indicated mileage is 65758. Compression is excellent, 147, 150,150,148. Call or email for pricing.
This is a fantastic choice for anyone wanting an excellent rotisserie restored car. This is a true ground-up restoration that was done right and will win trophies in shows with ease. Click to enlarge. The photos are excellent and he looks this good in-person too!
You can drive this like-new Bugeye in the video below!
Byron is finished in the correct original leaf green as it was offered when new. Among the many great features is the color match. The color is correct and matches the original leaf green–a milky vintage light green that is pure Bugeye. Many restorers don’t quite get this color right. Not so here- it’s perfect! And check out the floor pans… over and under-they’re immaculate! If you are looking for that rare car that is meticulously restored, this is the one for you.
Byron has a totally stock drive-train with 948 engine and smooth case transmission, just as when new. He also has period-correct bias ply white wall tires. Excellent interior, with new top, tonneau, sidecurtains and top bow, as well as original top bow strap. Spare tire is also properly secured in the trunk with the correct straps, just as new.
Strong rebuilt engine with excellent oil pressure and power. Everything works properly (except the cigarette lighter, which I bet we can fix.) Original Bugeye horn emits a cute roadrunner-like Meep, Meep!
I have a photo album linked below, in which you can see about 50 pictures. In the album you can see the amazing care that went into the restoration of this vehicle-for example, the underside is nicer than the topside of most Bugeyes!
Byron’s heritage is unique-he has great provenance and comes with a rare factory birth certificate which helps us trace his history.
The “Importer’s and Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin to a Motor Vehicle” is a rare original document (in fact, I had never seen one before). This shows that Hambro, the sole US importer of Bugeyes Sprites, delivered this 1961 Bugeye # AN5L 38790 to Royston Distributors in Philadelphia on June 6, 1960. Frederic Royston then signed the car over to LeBrun & Son of Waterloo, New York (the ultimate dealer, near Syracuse, NY) on October 7, 1960. This is confirmation that Bugeyes were often built in the year prior to their manufacture. This one was clearly built in 1960 and then sold and titled in 1961.
An internet search revealed “LeBrun Motors was started by Lou LeBrun. He sold Gravely tractors and then some motorcycles and eventually import automobiles. Lou started with MG and Austin Healey and in 1970 took on the Datsun line which eventually became Nissan. In 1977 LeBrun became a GM dealer with the Buick and Pontiac lines. The business was later sold to Dave LeBrun and his brother Steve. The LeBrun sons later opened a Toyota dealership, which Steve runs in Canandaigua (NY).”
I originally purchased the car this year from a seller in Port Byron, New York, just 15 miles away from Waterloo and LeBrun Nissan. It would certainly seem as though the car never left his adoptive home.
Some Bugeyes come with a Heritage Certificate, which you can purchase online to learn the date of manufacture, original color, engine number and equipment on your Bugeye (NEW Byron now has one, and this confirms that the car is original with a #s matching engine). The date of dispatch is also included. Byron comes with something unique… additional information to trace his journey once he arrived in America. This documentation helps to ensure the investment grade of this fine motorcar.
Watch the video below for more details on Byron’s paperwork, and to see pictures of this car’s restoration. It is very rare to find a Bugeye as well restored as Byron!