CURRENT INVENTORY IS SHOWN IN THE SMALL PICTURES JUST BELOW THIS TEXT!
(if a car is not pictured here, it has been sold)

Awesome restored 1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale with wire wheels and all the right upgrades!
Restored, upgraded and sorted 1960 primrose Bugeye Sprite for sale!
Awesome restored 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite for sale
Striking five speed 1959 Bugeye Sprite for sale! New Video!
Super cool 1965 Morgan Plus 4 four-seater for sale!
Restored Primrose 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite!
Striking Red 1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale
Fantastic restored 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Super Sprite for sale
Right Hand Driver 1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale
2018 Mini Cooper S JCW for sale, in Mint condition with just 7000 miles
Striking 1955 TR2 for sale
1956 Austin Healey Lemans spec 100 BN2 for sale, video drive!
Porsche 911 SC Targa for sale-1978 with just 65k miles!

Planting Bugeye Seeds

I received a call this week about a Bugeye for sale that was “a bit rough.” The price was $800, but he would take $500 cash. To make matters more urgent, he said that someone was coming to grab it Saturday with a trailer and cash in hand, but no money had yet been exchanged, and as a courtesy, he wanted me to have a shot at bringing this classic back to life.

As luck would have it, I was planning to be just .7 miles away from this investment opportunity that very evening, and so I decided to stop by for a look.

What I discovered was a self-composting Sprite.

I started to make a mental list of what might be saved here. An original dashboard has value. And the gauges can be restored, after all, they have been shaded all these years by the cowl. And the steering wheel is restorable, as is the cockpit trim.

As I thought about what it would take to liberate the fasteners holding each of these parts in place, I marveled at the pull of gravity as a non-negotiable force, on the fuel tank, for example. Long after the gasoline evaporated, and the varnish left behind had outgassed, the top of the tank rusted through, filling the tank with water, which eventually rusted the floor of the tank.

Perforated on top and bottom, the weight of the now lacy and empty tank itself was still sufficient to have it fall to the earth, as the trunk floor finally evaporated after one last terminal rain drop. Who needs the The Lion King? British classic car lovers have long embraced the circle of life.

Sometimes, the raw power of nature is simply too much, even for the mighty Bugeye Sprite. Clearly, the earth is winning this battle, and soon this car will be fully digested and beyond revival by mere mortals. I paused to salute the impermanence of all things, snapped a few pictures to share, and headed home, amused by the notion of a tree that might one day sprout forth from this ground, and leak 20W-50 sap from its limbs.

But, wait, it comes with a spare nose!

Exclusive! Bugeye convertible top with zip-down rear window.

It’s hot here this week, and I had the pleasure of driving my BJ8 last evening with the rear zip down window zipped-down. The air was cascading through the cockpit while I was shielded from the sun and just enough of the wind.

Bugeye unzipped. Window rolls once and stays put.

It was pure heaven.

It was also the inspiration for this new and exciting product we have been working on for months… and now it is ready.

Zipped-up and ready for weather.

Our new convertible convertible top is two tops in one… this design will give you a nice shady nest next time you are bombing down the tree-less interstate, or zipping through the desert, or anywhere you need to shield your head from the ravages of the sun.

Twin zippers make window adjustment easy.

And in Spring and Fall, this is a wonderful top that will shield you from the elements as well or better than any top out there. Plus the pattern is modified to make it easier to fit than most of the tops you will find online.

This is our best top ever. You can buy our new convertible convertible top by clicking here.

OEW tribute Bugeye

This is a mean, lowered, five speed/front disk/1275 Bugeye that we’ve been building. It’s almost done.

I am really happy with this build. The car is a tribute to Olde English white, THE quintessential British sports car color. Original white cars frequently arrived w/black seats with white piping. We took that color theme to the next level.

The wheels underline the black and white contrast. Our hardura interior mats are French stitched with white thread. And the dashboard is accented with twin thin white borders for a more elegant level of trim.

Now for the windshield… what’s your preference… Brooklands or regular full size?

We’ll have more pictures next week!

The world’s most reliable (and fun) Bugeye Sprite

Wipers work too! Photo Dom Milano

Above is Jeff in his blue Bugeye “Peggy,”, a car we prepared with a supercharger, rebuilt 1275 engine and five-speed transmission. We also performed about 100 additional improvements, to make the car as reliable as possible.

This is Jeff’s car, before it departed our shop, with supercharger installed.

Much to our delight, Jeff took the Amtrak train to our shop, jumped into the fully serviced car and drove it three hours to Boston, then got up the next morning and drove 145 miles to Lime Rock Park where he ran about 20 hot laps on Saturday in a driver school, drove to the hotel (about 40 miles roundtrip), back to the racetrack for another 20 laps of racing, then another 145 miles home to Boston.

Photo: Ed Hyman

Do you think the average Bugeye sold online or on an auction site can survive this sort of intense mixed use driving?

I doubt it.

After 246 Bugeyes through our building, we know what to look for, and what to change proactively to keep your British sports car on the road. Thanks, Jeff, for demonstrating that our processes work. Thanks for the drivable (and racing) testimonial!

If you’d like a supercharged Bugeye of your own, we have “Carmine” available, a car that would be equally at home on the track or at the golf course. You can see Carmine by clicking here…

Photo: Richard Campbell

Don’t do this to your Bugeye Sprite

When was the last time you inspected your water pump bypass hose?

Please take a close look before you attack the roads this driving season, because this little hose will ruin your day if it fails on the road. Don’t leave yours unattended, like the one shown here.

Right of center, left of hose clamp lurks a failure about to happen

If you are unfamiliar, this little hose bridges a port on the water pump to the engine head. You can see it in the top center of the photo below, its the corrugated hose that is horribly cracked.

‘Bout to burst

This one is all done, and needs to changed ASAP. Corrugated is popular, since the hose is hard to get in place and the corrugations allow you to compress the hose to get it between the two nipples. We find that straight hose if far more durable. So if you order one of our bypass hoses, that’s what you’ll get.

You’ll find this repair a lot easier with the radiator removed. And while you are at it, now is a good time to upgrade your cooling system for hot weather driving ahead. Nothing is worse than waiting on a long line to get into a car show while watching your temperature climb to dangerous levels. These are easy to install when the water pump is removed.

We recommend a new six blade cooling fan and, aluminum radiator. We change water pumps proactively too while all this is apart, since the seals can fail and cause coolant leaks. I suggest you fit a deep impeller pump even if you have a 948 engine. You might have to remove a tiny bit of cast iron inside the water jacket to get it to fit, but you will move more water with every revolution. Of course a new thermostat is a good idea too while the cooling system is drained.

There is no such thing as too much cooling on your Spridget. The products listed will help you enjoy the hot weather that lies ahead! The heater valve is a common leak point, so you might want to carry a spare.

Bugeye Sprite custom gauges

We have just completed further modifying our Bugeye “Goldie” for her new owner in Wisconsin. This is a custom Bugeye with a unique performance vibe. For the new owner “Gary,” we were tasked with taking the cockpit one step further.

Gary wanted more guages, but how to do this without detracting from the style of this particular car? We were lucky to locate a rare pair of vintage Smiths rally clocks for the dash and installed them on the dashboard as shown below.

The challenge with any modifications of this nature is to integrate the graphic style and type font so that the gauges blend together. These Smiths clocks have been built in the same era as the original gauges, and I love them for this reason.

We also built a custom center console for an ammeter and voltmeter under the dash. The challenge here was to keep the gauges away from the shift knob so they don’t get smashed by your knuckles in first and third gear. To accomplish this goal, we wanted to move the gauges forward of the edge of the dash yet still make them visible to the driver. So we built a custom metal console to fit the bill. It anchors easily to the flange on the body of the car at the top of the console.

We love the result so we made up a few and they’re available in black, red or blue. You’ll find them in our catalog where you can order yours by clicking here.

This is a custom welded metal piece wrapped in pebble grain vinyl. It holds two standard 52 mm gauges and also provides a storage cubby for a phone, flashlight, keys or dog treats. We also stock the ammeter and voltmeter shown in our catalog if you want to make your own electric system information command module!

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