This week, I saw the blue custom nose-equipped Bugeye for sale online (pictured at left). This one has the Bugeyes removed and the lights shining through plexiglass from behind. I wish people wouldn’t modify their noses, as the bugeye persona is often lost when the cutting begins. But some original Bugeye noses are too far gone-with rust and/or dents- so a new fiberglass alternative is a realistic option (these first two are steel, but most of the noses below are fiberglass).
This second green and yellow shaved nose (pictured to the left) is on a race car we made into a street car. In this case, we fit driving lights on the front to make it useable at night. This customer cut off the original lights for better aerodynamics on the track.
In this post, you can see some of the various Frogeye nose variants routinely seen. There are some obscure very limited production noses not featured here, but the most popular ones are shown below. Some of them are fit to later Spridgets, but they have all been seen on Bugeyes too. I am by no means an expert on this topic, but you can read more about Sebring and custom Sprites at this link, http://www.sebringsprite.com, where you can see Sprinzel Sprites and other variants, both original and re-creations. (The site is a great resource if you like this sort of thing.)
We also have a Bugeye in the shop now that’s fit with a Kellison nose, and it’s pretty slick! Check out the original advertisement-It was only $150 to purchase this sleek nose to make your Bugeye “fairly fly.” I’m not sure how much it actually improves the performance, but that was the claim, and it sure is lighter than a stock nose.
We have a Williams and Pritchard nose from the 60s in Healey blue that is allegedly from a Sebring Sprite raced by Sterling Moss.
Maybe one day we’ll build a car around it! But in the meantime, I am most sold on conventional Bugeye noses, as they hold the Bugeye DNA that I like best.