This is “Aiden,”(AN5L 15221).
After the roughly 250 Bugeyes that we have loved, we can say with confidence that this is one of the best. Take a good look if you are the type of person who loves exceptionally well-restored cars. This one is better than any new Bugeye… the build and finish quality is far better than what you would find in the dealership in 1959.
What makes it better is the last restorer. The fellow who restored this car (and completed it in 2010) was a master. He clearly spent a lot of time getting every panel gap just right, because this is not the norm for a car that was $1,795 when new. Every seam and gap is perfect.
He also used a chip guard paint in the wheel wells, under the car and under the hood. This is not the way the factory did things… probably because of cost of material and complexity that would impractical given manufacturing line application… but this had made a huge difference and helped keep the underside of this car looking brand new.
It hasn’t been used much since restoration. 29,364 shows on the odometer and the car presents as though it has been driven fewer than 1000 miles since completion.
Other great features… the builder painted the inside of the drive shaft tunnel… no one does that… and the car has AH emblems on the three point seat belts… very elegant. Handsome wood steering wheel, uprated cam, K&N lifetime air filters, custom fuse box weather protector. Electric fuel pump upgrade. Spin on oil filter too.
This car is top shelf.
What impresses me the most is that this car is still perfect nearly eight years after the rebuild was completed. The car still looks like a new ground-up restoration. I salute the restorer for this particular car. He did an exceptional job.
The car has a four speed smooth case gear box and stock 948 engine, with larger HS2 1.25 inch carbs. Front disk brakes were also added. The car rides on premium Michelin XWX radials. I love the look of these tires- but few builders choose them because they are significantly more expensive than the other brands available.
The car is loaded with nice top and windows, both in custom storage pouches. New tonneau in 2014, new top and side curtain pouches too. New sleeved master cylinder in 2015.
Big Healey gold face gauges are installed. These are of course non-stock but the correct vintage… I love the way they look… a nice touch for a bit more style… and if you don’t like them, we can have plenty of other gauge options available. Call to discuss making this car your own!
You’ll be hard pressed to find another this nice that you can drive and show! You can see the restoration album video below.
There are only so many great examples like this one… and it would cost a whole lot more to build one than the asking price.
Call if you are interested in owning Aiden, one of the best!