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Striking 1960 Super Sprite for sale!

Here’s a chance to purchase a superb Super Sprite. The car was carefully built by Liberty Motorsports in Southern California, where the owner Jim is a passionate Porsche 356 restorer who builds cars to the highest level, including a first place car for the Amelia Island Concours in 2018 and invitations to Quail and Monterey Concours in the past. He always wanted a Bugeye and indulged himself with this build. We provided lots of parts to help him realize his vision and when he decided to sell the car, we were happy to help. This car was delivered new to LA per the heritage certificate, and has been a California car all its life (delivered new in 1960 to LA). It’s solid and beautiful.

What I love about this car is that it was built to look like it was modified in the early 60s, with period bits to evoke a very nostalgic feel. The interior in particular has a very analog feel, and the builder used period rally clocks and gauges to stay consistent with the theme. He also fit a rebuilt Judson supercharger, which looks fresh out of the back pages of a 60’s copy of Mechanix Illustrated. Lucas “Flame Thrower” driving lights were also custom mounted on the bumper. An NOS Abarth twin tip muffler was also installed, a wonderful period muffler for the 948 power plant. A sweet vintage exhaust note is the result. He also fit a custom dead pedal in the driver footwell-he used a spare 356 gas pedal and rubber cover.

Jim fit our head fairing, and hard tonneau, to make for a sleek and flat look. He also added a custom stitched mini soft tonneau, with matching primrose piping and fat stitching. He also fit an EGT gauge and probe in the main pipe as well as a voltmeter. Tasteful black pin stripes are nice additional accents.

A Hertiage certificate is also included, which verifies that the original engine is present. Front disk brakes were also added, as were color matched wheels and a front anti-roll bar for best handling.

The car is ready to go. A new clutch kit and rear crank seal was installed about 250 miles ago. At that time the generator was upgraded to an alternator, and an electronic conversion performed to make the tachometer work with the alternator. An aluminum radiator was also fit at this time, very helpful for Southern California (and similar) cooling requirements. An electric cooling fan is also present, another cooling system enhancement.

Brooklands windscreens are currently fit on both sides as shown in the photos but the original windshield is included, as is a soft top and bows should the new owner want to use the weather in cooler or inclement weather. The car is currently in Southern California. A color matched original hardtop is also included, with custom black padded headliner. The underside is as clean as the topside, as you can see in the photo gallery.

Many of you have asked if I would sell Gumby, my green super Sprite… that one is not for sale, but if you want another show-winning custom Sprite, this is a very good alternative. It is finished to a very high standard, with lots of fun accessories. It cost thousands more than the asking price to build. The owner needs more space, so here’s a chance to own something very special built by a master fabricator.

Call or email if you are interested!

1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale, exceptional and beautifully restored!

This is “Tanner,” a rotisserie restored all-stock 1960 Bugeye Sprite, done to a very high standard and ready for a new home. The car is now back in our Connecticut facility and new pictures are posted below. We had hoped to sell the car while it was on the West coast to a customer in that region, but now that the car is back here, we can confirm this is still one of the nicest mostly stock Bugeyes on the road today. If you are looking for a fully-restored Sprite that looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor, this is the car for you.

Tanner shows just 399 miles on the odometer since it was restored. The car is finished in Olde English white with a red interior, exactly matching the creamy vanilla factory color scheme. With fully restored chrome, paint and an all-new interior, the car is a real head-turner. The top is nearly new too, stored in a fleece lined pouch so it looks new when you need it. And the car has a great new tonneau.

We originally purchased this car in 2012 when it was a fresh rotisserie restoration with everything brand new. We then sold it to Nick in British Columbia, Canada, where it has lived garaged inside a special “CarCoon” garage storage air capsule pretty much ever since (that’s the red oxygen tent shown below). He has only put a few hundred miles on the car, driving it only on nice days, and it currently looks exactly as it did in 2012 when it was fully restored.

The underside is immaculate. The car comes with new side curtains and top, as shown in the photo album. The switches and gauges are all in the right places, just like the original. Only the attractive wood Moto-Lita steering wheel is non-stock. Also, the aluminum trim strip above the dash should have been covered with red vinyl to match the dash. We can correct this if you prefer, but the polished existing trim strip looks great too. Some people like front bumpers. We have those too. It’s personal preference. As with all of our cars, we can help customize or fine tune any aspect, so that the new owner gets exactly what they want!

Give a call if you like the best of the best, and you want to make this stunning Bugeye your own!

1960 Austin Healey Bugeyes Sprite Barn find for sale! Stored since 1974!

BARN FIND!

UPDATE 9-9-18:
New pictures are posted. We have verified that that car is complete. For sale now at $5,995. I have seen Bugeye restoration projects trade at prices ranging from free to about $9,000. Incomplete or bondo-ladened or disassembled cars (which are harder to put together), can be had for less than this one. This car commands a premium because it has been off the road since 1974, it is complete and has not been molested (and it has a great story). Read about it below, and give a call if you are interested!

It’s getting harder and harder to find complete unmolested Bugeyes so we are pretty excited to find this one!

I first met AN5L 37802 in June of 2015 when the owner (“Skip”) was taking down his barn in the Catskills (in New York) where the car had been stored since 1974. In the picture above from 2015, you can see Skip extracting the car as the barn is removed. He had purchased it in about 1967 from the second owner.

You can still see the original Crandall-Hicks plaque on the back of the car. This was the New England British Motor Corporation distributor at the time, so this is a wonderful plaque to still see in place. You might enjoy reading a bit about Crandall-Hicks at the link here… they sold Indian motorcycles in the 30s and later helped bring the BMC line to our shores. I was amazed to read that in 1955, they built a Quonset hut (just slightly larger than ours) on their property, to house their shop and British car inventory! (That structure was destroyed in a snowstorm but was replaced with another Quonset hut!!! They are still in business, and it looks like they now sell power equipment, albeit not from a Quonset hut.)

Anyway, Skip ended-up trading the car for a Ford tractor and brush hog in 2015, but I was lucky last week to buy it from the latest owner (who merely stored the car inside since 2015). It still looks the same today as it did when it came out of Skip’s barn.

I enjoyed finding the 1973 Major League baseball rule book under the passenger floor mat. I called Skip this week and asked about this (he’s happy to meet the new owner) and it turns out he drove the car everywhere in the early 70s as an umpire for little league games.

The car is well-preserved. She needs a complete restoration and there are some small holes in the floor pans. But this is a great candidate, with minimal rust-through and a good underside. It’s somewhat crusty underneath, but thankfully, it looks like the car was sitting on wood planks instead of a dirt floor. Floor patches will be needed, but the underside is much more solid than most. Take a look at the underside pictures in the photo album for more details.

Skip parked the car in 1974 because it had low oil pressure, so you’ll need to rebuild the stock 948 engine in the car, which would likely need a rebuild from sitting all this time anyway. The original hardtop is a nice detail that comes with the car. But most importantly, everything is in place just as it was in 1974. The car is a bit of a time capsule. Original jack and jack handle is included as is original (torn) tonneau. Period Amco front and rear bumper bars are also nice to see.

Indicated mileage is 74,114. It’s always amazing to think back to a time where it was common for people to routinely use these cars as daily drivers. This one was parked after just 14 years on the road. We’ll never know if it went 74k or 174k miles in those 14 years. But it’s nice to see a car that hasn’t been modified or disassembled, which makes the restoration more attractive and a lot easier to organize and complete.

Tires will of course need to be replaced after sitting for so long. The car rolls freely and we can ship it anywhere in the world. The car is currently in our shop and comes with complete paperwork for the new owner to register the car, anywhere in the world.

Call 203 561 6929 if you are interested!

1959 Excellent Bugeye Sprite for sale

Price reduced! Now $20,995!

This is Sprite AN5L 13275, built in March of 1959. This car has a great package of options and weather gear and is ready for a fun drive home!

Meet a Bugeye we call “Boyd.” We owned and sold Boyd in 2015 to the current owner in North Carolina, who has now asked us to sell the car for him. He has put 1600 miles on the car in the three years he has owned it.

It’s a great car, recipient of much sorting when we last had it in 2015. This summer, we’ve taken care of any outstanding issues. It’s equipped with a mostly stock 948 engine and four speed transmission, with the popular front disk brake upgrade. Boyd is also loaded with a number of great upgrades that would cost thousands if you were to put them in yourself.

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11 Great Austin Healey Sprite Bugeyes on sale! Limited time!

Most of these are now sold as of June 15, 2018. Please check our top line of the home page for current inventory! Thanks for looking!

Spring came late this year to New England, so it’s particularly nice to have 70 degree temperatures this week! Now we can get some cars out of the building!

We are marching forward with your building renovations and in the coming weeks, we will be refinishing the floors in all eleven thousand square feet of the Bugeye cave. This presents a wonderful opportunity for you, dear reader, should you be looking for a Bugeye Sprite you can enjoy this coming season. We would be delighted to send you one of our fine cars, particularly since space is at a premium while we grind and refinish all our concrete floors. Below you can see our new kitchen area and the addition all getting completed. Our restored Quonset hut never looked better!
All our cars are ready to bring joy to you and the people you meet. Please consider taking one home today! We have a full range of choices, and if you don’t see what you want, we will be delighted to customize one for you. As an added bonus, take $500 off any car in inventory. But don’t delay, this special offer ends on Sunday May 6th at Midnight Eastern. Floor grinding begins on May 7, so you can help us move out a few cars by then, and save some bucks while you are at it!


Allow me to reintroduce eleven of my closest friends in the summary below. Remember, these cars are hand picked and gone through with the experience that comes from 219 prior cars. We know what we are looking for, and we know how to make these cars work. What you find from us is not the same as what you might find online elsewhere. We produce a great product, and we look forward to sending one your way!

You’ll find the price of each car in the summary, they are listed in ascending order, lowest price first. You can click on any of the photos to see a detailed description of each car. We just sent the burgundy Bugeye “Pedro” to his new home in Mississippi where his new owner Fred reports that he was pulled over by a local police officer on his first drive simply so the officer could get a good look at the car (fortunately, he had his new plates on the car!). He has a massive collection of vehicles and reports he has never experienced anything like this, people love these cars. They are magnetic.

If you want to make new friends with every mile, we hope we can send you one of our next crop of cars!

If you see something you like, please call 203 561 6929, we will be available through the weekend getting our building ready for the next chapter!

First up is “Nemo,” a shiny red Bugeye with stock drivetrain and new head. A great driver that looks great!

 

 

 

Next we have “Bliss,” a very nice driver with tons of upgrades. This car was completely prepared for a Texas client with new carpet (not shown) and an impressive list of new parts. Disk brakes, LED lights, three point seat belts and a whole lot more!
 

 

Don’t forget “Hampton,” another great 1958 Bugeye with an original thin windshield. This one has an upgraded 1275 engine and disk brakes as well as a single Weber carb. This is our best deal!
 

 

 

 

If you need an automatic Bugeye in your life, this is an awesome option, we have only seen one other automatic Bugeye, ever! This is a really nicely built disk brake car with a beautifully fabricated driveline. Call if you want to hear more.
 

 

“Boyd” is another great choice, also stock but with disk brakes up front. Stunning car, new price!

 

 

 

I like “Lynn,” because this is a very fresh restoration with few miles. Stock 948 and drum brakes, a show-winner!
 

 

 

Step up a notch to “Luigi,” a sweet 1958 thin windshield Bugeye with 1275 engine. Leaf green is a fantastic color for your Bugeye.
 

 

 

 

If you want something nicer still, check out “Tanner,” a mint restoration of a completely stock 948 Bugeye. This is a high level restoration, and any collector would be happy with this car.
 

 

 

Next up is “Rose,” another home run car that we built just a few thousand miles ago. Top shelf everything. Proven sorted car, excellent!
 

 

 

 

Moving up the line we have PAL. This car has the best of everything, 1275, five speed and wire wheels, all the most popular options. IF you want the best Bugeye for high speed driving anywhere, this is your car.
 

 

And finally, consider “Crane,” also the best of everything, simply in a stock package, with 948 engine and a disk brake upgrade. IF you want stock and original appearance, this is the ultimate example.

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