This is “Chap,” (AN5L 15917) a 1959 Bugeye driver in Lotus colors, named after Colin Chapman. This is a nice car that turns heads. If you are looking for a sharp car at a good price, give this one a serious look! It has lots of curb appeal!
The car is 948 powered with a four speed transmission and front disk brakes. It came from California. The flip forward nose makes engine access a delight. The wind wings and wind blocker on the roll bar keeps the cockpit quieter. It has a smoke gauge too, so you can tell if you have let the smoke out. This seems to be one of the all time favorite classic British car jokes… but our job is to make sure there is no smoke in anyone’s experience of this car!
The car also has a German speedo hanging under the combo gauge under the dash. I am not sure if this is a joke from the prior owner too, because the original speedo in the car works fine.
The car is ready, with a new battery and drives nicely. We can further upgrade and/or modify the car for the new owner, including removing the smoke gauge and putting in an ammeter, for example, or a clock or voltmeter depending on your preference.
There’s a smart cubby in front of the shift lever, nice to store your wallet and phone when on a drive. Our larger dash mirror is in place, a good upgrade. And there is already an electric fuel pump installed. A radiator expansion tank is also present, a nice upgrade from a later Sprite.
We can remove the under dash speedo, and/or you can tinker with these details yourself. It’s a good car and a solid car, and we look forward to finding “Chap” a new home.
The car was serviced a year ago by the prior owner and came back with 175 compression numbers in all cylinders, a great sign of a good engine, and it shows… the car is fun to drive! Give a call if you would like to make Chap your own!