1960 Bugeye speedster called “IO”

Sale now pending! Way to go Tim! Sounds like IO is NJ bound!

This is “IO” (AN5L 40869), a 1960 Bugeye Sprite that has everything you need to go fast and have fun. More than $11,000 was spent by the prior owner to put in a newly rebuilt and balanced 1275 engine and disk brakes, so the car drives great and is ready for auto-crossing or spirited driving. This major work was all done in 2014, with minimal miles put on since then. (The car was owned by a collector with many cars in his stable, so this car was only used sporadically even after this massive mechanical restoration project.)

Prior to that, the previous owner conducted a rotisserie restoration to address any rust and/or floor issues. So the foundation is excellent (see pictures).


Receipts are included, which describe camshaft replacement, new double row timing chain and gears, new bearings, pistons and rings, slave cylinder, exhaust header and system, hoses, master cylinder, fuse box, new front shocks, and rear tube shock conversion.

Also fit are an alternator, electric tach and HIF 44 carb. The later is a single 1.75 inch carburetor that is a sweet alternative to twin 1.25 carbs, with fewer moving parts and proven additional performance. I know from experience since I have this set up in one of my personal Bugeyes—It’s cleaner with a simpler linkage and choke, and without the synchronization challenges that can come with twin carb set-ups.


The Factory original hardtop is another bonus, with its original fittings and glass window. The top is in great ship with just one crack near the front mount as shown. Also added were a new windshield glass and rubber seals, new top and tonneau. We’ve just replaced the radius arm bushings, another bonus.

Overall, this is a great package with a ton of new parts and a huge amount of work all done for the new owner. There are a few very minor cosmetic imperfections as shown in the photos. The drivers door has a small area of crazing where a previous door dent was repaired. It’s hard to see but I have shown a close-up in picture #45 below. The prior owner has covered this crazing with a set of magnetic racing roundels, which do the job nicely. But even without these magnets, the car presents beautifully.

Someone is going to get a great Sprite upon which other owners have spent generously! This is a very valuable package given the massive amounts of work done to make this car a great performer. It’s not perfect so we have kept the price low. It would cost a whole lot more to restore a tub and fit all these great modifications. Call or email if you like us to ship this great car to your door!

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