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Gas-powered 1275 VS electric Bugeye Sprite

Our electric Bugeye is now ready for its new interior, and we are very excited. The car is sorted and exceeds our expectations mechanically, and now we can make it look stunning. Stay tuned!

If you have been following this project, you know I am in love with it, mainly because it is smooth and consistent. I get the feeling that it will be just as smooth and consistent in 100,000 miles. This is a big service interval in the British classic car world, where the life span of a newly rebuilt 948 engine may only be about 50,000 miles.

This week, I wanted to share two videos… the first is of a gas powered Bugeye with a newly rebuilt 1275 engine and five speed Ford transmission. We installed this upgraded powertrain for Len from New Jersey, and finished it with the same anthracite wheels and new tires you see on the electric Bugeye. Len’s car now tracks like an arrow and cruises beautifully at 70 mph, @ about 3300 RPMs in fifth gear.

The sound is just about perfect, courtesy of our custom twin-tipped muffler. Zero-60 time is 15.27 seconds (stock 948 was reported to be 20.5 in 1958). By the way, I backed off a bit because of the truck bearing down on me, so this time is a bit slower than what is possible…

Next is “Sparky,”our electric prototype, with a 4:22 rear end. Zero to 60 time is 10.2 seconds, a full five seconds faster. It also gets to 60 in about half the distance, 530 feet vs 898 ft. The sound you might love in the prior video is completely missing. But I have come to love the electric motor sound too. It’s not a replacement for a sweet exhaust note, it’s just a different cool sound. In fact it makes me think back to black and white Flash Gordon television I used to watch as a kid. Whenever Flash jumped into Dr Zarkov’s rocket to go anywhere, the spaceship made an electric buzzing noise, and I think of Flash each time I take off…

The electric turns 4800 rpms at 75 mph. You might notice the that electric motor really comes on as the RPMs climb. We will next switch to a 4:55 rear end for even more off the line performance. This will raise the RPMs on the highway, but this electric motor doesn’t care the way our gas engines do. Load matters more than RPMs. Range is about 100 miles per full charge. This car is fit with a fast charger so it works at highway charging stations.

We look forward to the next electric conversion… if you have a Bugeye sitting on your property with a worn 948 engine and transmission, our electric direct drive conversion is an attractive option! Or, if you would prefer a rebuilt 1275 with a five speed, we have that kit in stock too! Call or email to get your car on our winter schedule! We can pick up your car anywhere in the country, even if it doesn’t run.

Restored 1959 Bugeyed Sprite for sale!

This is a restored 1959 Austin Healey Sprite Mark 1, AN5L 6825, a car we call “Mellow.” The car was owned for 40 years by the prior owner, and kept in nice climate in South Carolina. It shows… the car is rust free, without any blisters anywhere. This is a very solid car that benefitted from zero road salt and good garage storage.

Bugeye trivia: This is an early ’59 car that still has the long color-matched door handles. Note coil mounted on top of generator, an early car feature too!

The car is quite stock, with a 948 engine, smoothcase transmission and drum brakes all around. It’s great to drive, and looks great too. We have added a new carpet kit, new interior panels and new door edge gaskets to freshen-up the interior. Overall, the car looks brand new.

The car was repainted once along the way, and the paint is holding up quite nicely. It shines great. The gas cap is properly painted yellow… this was the way the cars came from the factory, with color-matched caps.

We’ve just mounted new tires on the original wheels (which look great) so that the new owner will have fresh rubber. We also removed the windshield frame and replaced the windshield to body gasket and polished the original windshield stanchions while we were at it. We also replaced the carburetor top hat gaskets, which were due because of age.

An older top, tonneau and side curtains are included. 31566 indicated miles. Electric fuel pump upgrade has already been fit.

If you want a very slick stock Bugeye to enjoy, Mellow will do the job! Call or email to make Mellow yours.

Custom Works Tribute! 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MK3 BJ8 for sale

This is, without exception, the nicest car we have ever owned.

This works rally tribute car is the product of an obsessive $200K restoration, complete with an impressive list of improvements and modifications. There are dozens of system upgrades, such as a custom leather interior fit with Healey 100S vented seats, upgraded Bilstein shock absorbers, an impressive custom heating and air conditioning system, a fire quench system and even a lighted WW2 bomber compass beautifully integrated into the hardtop (which has an exceptional headliner finished in ultrasuede).

Works Rally car at 1962 Coupe des Alpes event

The engine was built to exacting standards for a significant power increase. It was fit with roller rockers, a slightly hotter cam and stunning set of triple side draft Webers. Each throat is fit with a velocity stack and filter. These beautiful carbs are accessed by a color-matched custom panel, just like the factory rally cars. The engine is dressed with a rare Ruddspeed valve cover, and the exhaust is a sculptural array of stainless headers and custom pipes.
There are even two matching boot lids, one stock and one with a twin spare tire duck tail (custom built to match the original works rally car boot lid). Both fit the car, and the new owner can easily swap these depending on taste or event. The stock boot lid is currently on the car… many of the pictures in the gallery feature the rally lid in place.

It’s all done to the highest standard. This is a unique opporunity to own a fantastic Healey works rally tribute car, that has been upgraded so that you can use it everyday. I have put a few hundred miles on this car, and it’s a knock out, and tons of fun to drive and show! Check out the awesome sounds that come from this custom exhaust system in the video below!


Check out the smart LED brake lights fit to the original reflector pods on the rear wings. The builder even fit an LED brake light on the back side of the license plate light.

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Bugeye Sprite front rocker panel repair

One of the chronic Bugeye rust areas is the forward portion of the rocker panel. It would seem that road contaminates thrown off the front wheel batter this part of the car, and accelerate corrosion. The passenger side seems to take the brunt of it because of the crown of the road, which, of course, causes water and salt to gather on the curb side where the right front tire can throw it up.

The car pictured here is one we are preparing for a repaint. It features this exact kind of rust-through on the passenger side, and it is fortunately contained on just the outer skin of the rocker. You can see the box of the passenger footwell (inner sill) is still intact. You can also see the bondo on the back side of the piece we cut away, evidence of a former repair.

Kenny does an artful job cutting away the outer skin, and grafting the front portion onto the balance of the rocker. The result is impressive, and now strong and sealed for many years to come.

Before gas power, before electric power, there was human power.

64K mile 1971 Volvo 1800E for sale, overdrive!

I love this car, and I am excited to own it again! I sold it last summer to Steve in Arizona so when he offered it to me recently, I jumped at the chance to own it a second time. He has made a number of significant improvements, so the car is dramatically improved!

New dash!


This Volvo 1800E #184363034961 has just 64,510 miles (500 more than when I saw it last in 2017) and it drives wonderfully, with a four speed transmission, aftermarket sunroof and factory electric overdrive. Steve had the sunroof replaced with a newer flush mount model that looks much better than the previous version. And all new weather seals are a great benefit of this upgrade. I drove the car today and with an overcast sky, the cockpit is nicely illuminated with the tinted glass roof. With the small windows fit by the factory, the sunroof is a welcome feature, and makes the passenger compartment seem more expansive.

It has the original engine and fuel injection, and starts and runs beautifully. It was driven sporadically by the prior owner who had the car since about 2000, when receipts place mileage at about 60,000. Thus, the car has traveled just 4000 miles in the last 17 years. All service records are included since that time and the car was maintained with no expense spared to keep the car in excellent mechanical shape. Note the recent new front brake calipers and brake lines.

Steve has also put on new tires and completely redone the interior, with new leather seats, carpets and dash cover. New leather door panels too, with the original Volvo insignia sewn in to upgrade those new panels. He’s also put in a new USB compatible stereo. New battery too. He also replaced the seat belts, which were getting faded. The car is now at it’s best and ready for a new home. What a delight to get sit in the car now with new foam in the seats and plush carpet all-around. The new interior transformed a nice car into a great one.

The car was repainted dark green over the original code 104 turquoise. The paint is very good and shines beautifully. Chrome and trim is also in very nice condition. The engine bay is very clean and the underside is nice and solid. Overdrive works nicely. This car is a lot of fun to drive.

This car presents beautifully!

I can’t think of many classic cars this unique, this head-turning, (with overdrive and fuel injection) for this price!

Call or email if you would like to make this cool car your own!

Contact us at David@bugeyeguy.com or call (203)-208-0980 during business hours