We’ve been building a supercharged Bugeye for a customer and while testing this week with the nose off, I was able to make the under-the-hood video above. I love this configuration, with a new single 1.75 SU carb. It’s fussy to set-up but works great once it’s sorted out. The kit doesn’t add a lot of boost but it makes the engine more lively and feels just right to me. If you add more boost, the car stops being true to it’s DNA. I’ve found these cars work best when you don’t try to eek-out the last 10%. Instead, this is a just right power improvement that allows the car to retain great drivability.
We have done quite a few supercharger upgrades and we welcome the opportunity to do more conversions on customer cars. Let us know if we can pick up your car and bring it to our shop to add this wonderful Bugeye enhancement!
Click “read more” to see the listing for our Black Bugeye “Carmine,” supercharged in the same configuration as the black Bugeye you see here in this video. This car is for sale, if you would prefer a turnkey supercharged Sprite.
We just bought back this amazing Bugeye from our customer in Florida who unfortunately had to sell the car because of an injury. We wish you good healing Jack!
“Carmine” (AN5L 37194), is quite special. We have owned this car two previous times and each time, she steps up another level! The car was already well modified, and before we shipped the car to Florida this year, we added a supercharger, aluminum radiator, alternator conversion, new uprated clutch, new transmission, new grill, new electronic tachometer and a completely rebuilt front end! Few miles have been added since those modifications were installed!
Check out the new supercharged engine pictures by clicking “more” below!
“Carmine” is a striking black 1960 Bugeye with contrasting soft burgundy stripes to match the interior. The car has an exceptional base/clear finish–the stripes are beautifully encased in a hard shell finish that reflects a deep sky! Come with me and listen to the great exhaust note by clicking the video below! (This video was made before the supercharger was added-it sounds even better now!)
Carmine shows 74406 miles and has a strong 1275 engine, front disk brakes, aftermarket wood steering wheel, rebuilt four-speed rib case transmission and nearly new chrome wire wheels and tires. Also fit is a nice custom center console for a little more storage, wind wings and matching custom motorcycle side mirrors mounted in the windshield frame-no extra holes to be drilled for these mirrors!
For the prior owner, we’ve installed an impressive list of new parts to get Carmine into shape, including new front and rear shocks, new rear wheel cylinders, new rear brakes, new axle seals, o-rings and gaskets, new windshield glass gasket as well as windshield to body seal. The carb on the supercharger is brand new and it hums, and the car has impressive acceleration. The exhaust note is excellent as you’ll hear in the driving video. The car is fit with a sweet minimalist performance muffler. We’ve also put in new black seats with burgundy piping to perfectly match the slick racing stripes. The car is clean, and the colors are striking.
We also installed a new distributor complete with electronic ignition, battery kill switch with removable key (hidden in passenger foot well), LED park lights, turn signals and brake lights. We also fit a cigarette lighter in the dash where the washer pump used to live, so you can charge your phone or run a GPS. We put in a new fuel tank and new sender with a metal float. We fit a very loud air horn and retract three point seat belts. We fit a front anti-roll bar and K and N lifetime air filters.
Top and tonneau were brand new in 2014, and show little if any wear. Side curtains are also new, and have never been used. Top and side curtain pouches are also included to protect that weather gear and keep it fresh.
The buyer of this car is looking for a striking Bugeye with all the best add-ons already built in. Call or email for pricing. This is a special car with an amazing list of upgrades and stunning curb appeal!