Bugeye Sprite Happiness

Proud, happy, fulfilled, comfortable. This how John looks to me in his Bugeye, a recent purchase (not from us). John just put in our windshield post mirrors he purchased from our catalog and sent me this picture of his nice result.

I don’t know if John always looks this content, but this sure looks a picture of Bugeye bliss. Forget how much horsepower, this is the real power of life with a Bugeye Sprite.

Bugeye Sprite Rubik’s Cube

We thank the heavens daily that we are not “,” because that would change everything. Instead, we are gifted with love for a portable and petite car that is easy to stack. Each Bugeye is just 11 feet three inches, and thusly pretty easy to move about.

Still, it is always entertaining to try and fit 14 Bugeyes under one roof, especially in a rectangular building with only one door. We are lucky to have so many in one place, and these are the next cars we will repair, restore, modify and send on their way.

You can watch how we do it in the video below!

How to ship a Bugeye Sprite cross-country

Here are some pictures of the two cars that left our shop this week.

It take a lot for us to send one from our nest… we get to know each car intimately and they have to be ready before they can leave. It’s always exciting when we send them off to their new home.

Our cars almost exclusively travel in enclosed transporters, which adds to the fun, because our cars are usually delivered with exceptional truck-mates who also specify that only enclosed shipping will do.

This week, we sent Mitchell (at night) to Portland, Oregon and Booker to Columbia, Maryland. Booker traveled with a late model 911 gt3 RS, which looked like it had landed from someplace other than planet Bugeye. It has 325/30×21 inch tires on the back (about $400 each). Compare that to the Bugeye’s 155/82 x13 (about $60 each). Compare also 500 HP to the Bugeye’s 45. And 0-60 in 3.5 seconds vs 23.5.

But more importantly, the 911 was PDK equipped with paddle shifters, and the non-six speed gear selector between the seats on the 911 never looks right. I know the PDK transmission is an amazingly sophisticated piece of German engineering, but the truck driver said it all… “it’s an automatic.”

Many 911 owners long to have a great Bugeye (and vice versa). Bugeye sports car heritage lives on in the supercars of today, and while they looked like strange bedfellows, it was nice to see them traveling together, each one more connected than one might think.

The year in Bugeyes

What a year! We passed the 200-Bugeyes-sold mark this year (now 214 sold). We continue to meet great new owners, including sentimental folks who grew up with these cars and younger people who have fallen in love the the Bugeye’s infectious personality. The market remains strong for these lovable cars and they continue to demonstrate a great value with a broad appeal.

We finished “Gumby’s” restoration this year, a fitting tribute to my high school car that is responsible for birthing my passion for these cars, and ultimately for the creation of our business.

The big news for us this year has been the expansion of our bugeyeguyparts catalog… we have added a lot of new products and better capacity to handle tech questions and to walk customers through their various repairs and restorations. We plan to continue to take advantage of our field experience with these cars to help people choose the right parts for their projects. Many of the parts out there don’t fit and/or require modification. We sell the best solutions, and have combed the various resources so you don’t have to… we are your one stop shop to get it done right. We routinely advise customers how to work around challenges. You’re invited to call to experience our exceptional tech support.

The other big news this year is our building expansion. We have added a fantastic new workshop behind our building, which will make our builds easier and will also help us to handle more customer restoration work. We currently have cars in our shop from Boston and Alabama for major restoration work, and the new space will allow us to handle that work more efficiently.

We welcome an opportunity to sort-out your car- please call if you want us to pick it up and make it right (we can pick it up anywhere in the USA). Every car I have purchased online has needed a major makeover (in spite of promised perfection by the seller), and if you are a new Sprite owner, chances are good your car would benefit from a visit to our facility. You won’t recognize it when we are done-we can transform your driving experience!

One of the big advantages of our expansion is to be able to work at ground level. You may have seen our infamous entrance ramps on our youtube videos… soon, we will remove the ramps and move into our ground level facility with radiant heated floors! The electrical wiring is going into the new building this week, with spray foam insulation throughout to follow in early January.

Check out the ramps in the pictures throughout this post, and now on those ramps live on the concrete foundation in the new structure that envelopes our backyard. It’s a big moment in our evolution, a fitting milestone for our tenth year!

Thanks to all of you who enjoy this blog, who buy our parts, and who call to tell us how much they love these cars. We have enjoyed the ride just as much as you, and we wish you an awesome 2018!

Happy Holidays from Bugeye Sprites the world over!

With a face that can brighten any day, it’s no wonder the iconic Bugeye is seen on many a holiday card (and in marketing campaigns, movies, etc). These are special cars! And we are clearly not the only ones who feel this way.

Here’s Hagerty’s card this year, notice the Bugeye rubs shoulders with an F40. I am not sure Enzo would approve, but we’ll take it!

And below, the Antique Automobile Club Museum re affirms that the Bugeye is Santa’s first choice.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Bugeyeguy to all of you! We wish you peace, joy and just the right exhaust note this Holiday Season!

Who drives Bugeye Sprites?

Heather brought us her Bugeye this week for sorting-she bought it online, and it’s not as sure-footed as she would like-we’ll fix it, and extract that last 20% to make this nice car into a spectacular driver!

Of note: this is the first Bugeye we’ve ever had delivered in a horse trailer.

It’s the first time a Bugeye ever came to us with it’s own custom satin sheets and pajamas.

It’s also the first time anyone ever dressed-up after dropping off their car (actually she was heading to a concert).

We’ll take her new purchase and fix the various rattles and noises, and upgrade the interior cosmetics, and then back into the horse trailer it goes for the trip home!

Thank you Heather, for the opportunity to make your car great!

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