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Striking 1955 TR2 for sale

Just 8,636 TR2s were built between 1953 and 1955. This is TS 4431, a rare car, and worth serious consideration.

In 1955, the TR3 was born, and the grill moved forward, as shown at right below. The white car is a small mouth TR3, of which 17k were built between 1955-1957. In 1958 the large mouth TR3A was born and about 58,000 units were built before the end of the series a few years later.

1955 TR2 with inset grill left, small mouth 1957 TR3 Right

Each variant is wonderful. But the TR2 is visually the most unusual. The grill is brilliant, raw and simplistic, and a perfect fit for this rugged car. I love the small mouth TR3 but the TR2 snout always seemed more appropriate for the car than later versions. And there just don’t seem to be many TR2s left anymore.

Thus I am in love with this short door four speed TR2 because of the subtle differences it has from the more common TR3s. I never tire of the unique small mouth and I love the clean doors with no external door handles. I am sorry they added door handles to the TR3, some purity was lost. And I love the vintage center brake light, unique to TR2s.

This car was completely rebuilt by a Triumph marque specialist in Ohio. It was upgraded in a few smart ways… first with front disk brakes from a TR3… then to new round and stronger minilight wheels. The original steel disk wheels are often bent, given their age.

Note the lack of lock fittings on the front of the bonnet-the TR3s had these external chrome fittings to hold the bonnet shut. You’ll see those fittings on the boot lid and spare tire hatch below. You need the T handle key to open them… but no outside latch fittings on the bonnet. Early cars had an internal (and more practical) hood release.

This particular car was formerly vintage raced. From the log book, we can see it went through tech just once in 1988. It was subsequently restored for street use by Macy’s in Ohio in 2011. There are some receipts from 2016 at completion of the project; I will inquire at Macy’s for more info on exactly what was done. The last owner in Florida said that Macy’s restored the car completely and it shows. The car is really fun to drive and it’s tight and quick.

The top is nearly new, as is the interior. The side curtains too are a nice bonus, and in great shape. You can see them in the boot, with nice clear plastic windows. The interior was also completely redone, and also looks nearly new.

A trickle charger is hard-wired in place under the bonnet in front of the battery. There’s a battery kill switch in the passenger foot well. This is a nice anti-theft feature. A spin-on oil filter is also present, for easier oil changes.

The car spent a lot of time in California, as confirmed by early registrations which are shown in the photo gallery. At some point the car moved to Ohio, and then on to Florida. The car is quite solid, the underside looks quite nice.

Give a call if you want to discuss this rare and wonderful vintage car!

The amazing 1659 pound electric FrogE Sprite.

I had my first off-site FrogE charging session this week, at the Westport, CT train station, next to two BMW SUVs (as shown below). It was quite novel to plug-in a fuel nozzle for free, and I didn’t tire of watching the kilowatts flow.

Is this how most filling stations will look in 50 years?

Two electric SUVs and one electric SV.

Our big electric car news this week is the results from a session on four scales to measure the total weight of the car and the weight distribution. Below are the numbers for the FrogE electric #1 (seen above). The car weighs 1659 pounds, just 78 pounds more than the gas Bugeye we weighed about a year ago. That gas car had just 1/3 fuel on board. Were the tank full, the weight differential between the cars would be a mere 46 pounds. We’re excited that our electric is just roughly 50 pounds heavier when loaded enough batteries for a 100 mile range.

Near perfect 50/50 weight distribution in the electric FrogE

Even more exciting is the weight distribution. Above you can see perfect 50/50 weight distribution for the electric car, even better than the gas car below. No wonder the FrogE handles so nicely.

Close to 50/50 weight distribution in a gas-powered Bugeye, 1/3 fuel load

Don’t do this to your Bugeye Sprite.

Way back when, we would buy engines and drop them right into the car. Too often, we would have an issue that would have been much easier to repair when the engine was out of the car. So we built a simple bench test stand, and now every new engine gets a work-out and camshaft break-in before we put it into the car.

Simple test stand on a castering skid. External fan required
Core plugs that came in the rebuilt engine looked great on the outside!

This week, we received a rebuilt 1275 engine from a client, and when we bench ran it, coolant started leaking from the core plugs. You can see why they leaked in the photo below… there was quite a bit of corrosion around the perimeter of each plug. We cleaned out the block and pressed-in new plugs, which fixed the leaks.

Not so nice on the back

The front main seal also leaked, which we centered and re-sealed. And the timing cover breather was pushed aft in transit which caused chafe between the timing chain and cover, which made quite a noise. With all three issues fixed, this engine was now good to go. Now we can put it in the car.

Block cleaned, new plug installed!
Another view of the new core plugs

Bench running is a good thing.

Striking Red 1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale

This is “Robin” (AN5L 32598), a stunning mostly stock Bugeye with a front disk brake upgrade. Interior is new, paint is excellent, engine is fresh, this car is ready for fun! We’ve just gone through and tuned the engine, and put in our ignition guillotine to stabilize the ignition switch. She’s ready!

This was a dry Arizona car that began a four-year restoration about 11 years ago. The car comes with a book full of receipts describing all the expenditures. The California owner stripped the tub (as shown below) and had the car painted with a striking base/clear bright red finish.

Here’s a 2006 photo, during the ground-up restoration.

The car shines beautifully.

All the usual new parts were added that you would expect, including a new wiring harness, grill, badges, bumpers, etc. as well as a new wood steering wheel and leather covered shift knob. The radiator and heater were recored, the suspension was completely renewed with the addition of front disk brakes.

February, 2007. All the rest of the pictures are current, in our shop.

The 948 engine was rebuilt with flat topped 040 pistons and a 1098 head with larger valves, as well as larger HS2 carbs which have been completely rebuilt with new throttle shafts and all new parts. A larger exhaust system helps the car breathe, and helps improve performance. The spin-on oil filter is a nice upgrade. Crank damper was upgraded too. The car is peppy, and a lot of fun, with only about 2000 miles traveled since restoration. She still looks new and sounds great.

The interior is excellent, with firm new seat foams and covers, and new carpet throughout. The only downgrade here is a speedo and tach from a later Spridget, but our new GPS speedo and electronic tach are attractive options should the new owner so desire to replace these instruments.

Glass and all rubber is new too, as is the battery (2017) and great 155 radial tires (2018). Lap belts are installed. A nice top bow is included but no top (although we can fit one). The tonneau is also in good shape.

The original smooth-case 4-speed gearbox was rebuilt as well. This is a very attractive package and a very nice car!

Please give a call or email if you would like us to ship Robin to your door.

Choose your weapon

We now have the motor installed in our second electric Bugeye. While working today on the new battery boxes, we couldn’t resist a face-off between 1275 petrol power and our AC electric wonder.

It may look like the batteries on the left are taller than the cast iron lump on the right, but you are looking at just the top two battery layers. Many more cells are concentrated beneath what you see, in front of the already low motor that lives about where the original smooth case would be parked (as shown below). Seventy percent of the batteries fill the frame in front of the motor. The rest live in the area formerly occupied by the fuel tank.

Below you can see the rear 30% of the batteries mocked-up out on a template of the fuel tank. This box will hang under the trunk and bolt to the original fuel tank studs. It equals the mass and volume of the original tank full of fuel, so we can retain the correct weight balance.

This is an upside down template of Sprite fuel tank. The wires will pass through the filler neck hole in the trunk floor. You can see how these 14/50 batteries fit in the footprint of the tank.

I remain very enthused by the smoothness and power of the electric platform. The electric motor is bullet-proof and incredibly simple in comparison to the array of moving parts and pieces under the hood of the 1275 powered car.

Can I have a jump?

Most petrol-powered Bugeyes have a range of roughly 200 miles. I generally stop to re-fuel and stretch my legs every 150 miles on long gas-powered trips. Our FrogE’s range is shaping up to be closer to 125 miles (100 was originally expected). But Sprites are rarely used as long range cruisers, and more frequently driven around town for shorter stints.

Need some fuel?

I am most impressed by the smoothness of electric. It’s refreshing to drive a Sprite with no engine vibration at any speed. The 948 was never known for smoothness, especially if it is not balanced. The electric motor does what all electric motors do, it just hums.

I still can’t get used to the lack of oil leaks.

We are stocking-up on components so we can offer kits and more conversions in the near future. We’re working to perfect the electric option, and to offer electric alongside our gas powered options, for many years to come.

Brighter headlight bulbs that won’t stress your electric system

All of us need brighter headlights, especially as our eyeballs age. Modern cars just seem to be getting brighter and brighter. Now we can compete.

This is an innovation we are really proud to share, a breakthrough that can make every Spridget (and every classic British car with seven inch headlight bulbs) safer to drive at night and easier for others to see.

Above is the “before” picture of Goldie, with conventional 55 watt halogen low beam bulbs inside vintage look tri-bar lenses.

Above is a picture of Berkley with the same tri-bar lens but loaded with a 35 watt LED bulb. Notice the difference! LED lighting is superior… quite a bit brighter while using fewer watts.

Lots of power in a very small package

We’re excited to offer another great innovation that will help the community see and be seen. We offer a plug and play kit. You can find it in our catalog by clicking here.

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