Now sold and heading to Tennessee! Congratulations Timothy!
This is a superb Bugeye and great fun to drive. The builder of this Bugeye has had a long love affair with Bugeyes, and set out to build the ultimate Frogeye. He installed a Datsun 210 engine (disguised with an Austin valve cover sticker) and 5 speed Datsun 210 transmission. This engine is 1397CC 80 Horsepower 210 engine, quite a bit more powerful than a 1275 engine in stock form, and then he further modified it for even more power with a Crane cam and Weber carb… more power while retaining good street-abilty. And the last owner claims to have gotten 42 MPG on the highway!
She’s loaded with performance modifications and also looks fantastic. This is an extensively modified car we sold to Rod in Florida, who’s downsizing, and asked us to sell it for him. We have the car back in our shop, where we are putting in new master cylinders, new front shocks and new rack boots, all to get this great car ready for a new home.
The car already has a new clutch and battery.
The car currently sports a nice white stripe and white top. Many of the pictures here were taken before the stripes were added. The stripes can also be removed if so desired.
Check out the video for more details! This car is available for $20,495. A whole lot more was invested to make this ultimate five-speed Bugeye!
This car is custom-fit a Cosworth Vega posi-traction rear end, both lowering the axle ratio for better highway cruising and strengthening the entire assembly to handle the added horsepower. A pos-rear end is one of the best things you can add to a Bugeye, since the original live rear axle tends to spin the inside wheel. It’s all very well executed, tidy and extremely well done with the added advantage of being field-tested by the builder who put at least 7k miles on this set-up, ample time to get it right.
Next he fit a Geo Metro power-assisted master cylinder powering Sprite/Midget disk brakes for the best stopping I have yet experienced in a Bugeye. An independent clutch master cylinder was also fit, from a Nissan 300Z. And then he shod the car with sticky 175 wide tires on minilight wheels. For cooling he fit a Dodge Colt radiator, supplemented by an auxiliary electric fan.
There are tons of other mods like a fat front anti-roll bar, and a killer heater (that has to blow out about as many BTUs as a stock 948 engine!!!), custom gauges, custom seats, LED tail lights, safety flashers and a fiberglass light-weight nose with a custom cockpit-mounted bonnet release cable.
This car is very quick and stops beautifully, and cruises effortlessly. Ready to go! Comes with good top and side curtains. Also comes with builder’s notes and build sheet and Datsun Haynes manuals for the engine. We also put a new fuel tank in the car in 2013, with a new brass fuel sender that won’t decay due to ethanol.
This is a wonderful custom Bugeye that Bugeyes better than most Bugeyes on the road. If you want a Bugeye that out performs most other Bugeyes, this is the one for you!