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1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite for sale, 1275, disk brakes, Weber sidedraft, lots of goodies!

This is a really nice 1959 Bugeye Sprite we call “Belle.” AN5L 12297 is reportedly a lifetime California car with a wonderfully solid underside and no signs of any body rust. The car comes with receipts back to 1984, all from Northern California. 50,471 shows on the odometer. One sees many bright red Bugeyes… this car is the correct “cherry red” color used by the factory.

The car has been upgraded with many of the popular performance upgrades to make this car into a wonderful fast driver. If you are a purist and prefer all-stock, and you just want to noodle around town, you don’t need these upgrades. But this package of improvements is widely accepted as very useful for bringing out the best in a Bugeye. If you want more power and better handling, which for many collectors equates to more fun, then this is a car worth serious consideration.

She has a rebuilt 1275cc engine and upgraded 40 DCOE Weber side draft carburetor and header. The Weber is set-up right and the car performs quite well! Very quick! The carb and header add additional horsepower to the strong 1275 engine (which came from a later Sprite or Midget, before it was rebuilt). Incidentally, the original 948 and later 1275 engine have exactly the same footprint, which is why this is such a popular conversion.

Wheels are nearly new, JB from England, shod with wider 175 series tires with very little wear. Rubber is fresh, from 2015.

The transmission is a rebuilt ribcase unit with no issues, it still works like it’s newly rebuilt. The differential was rebuilt and upgraded for highway cruising, with a 3.9 ratio. If you are unfamiliar, the original differential had a 4:22 ratio.

Front brakes were upgraded to discs, and the electrics were converted to negative ground with an alternator installed for higher output. The alternators are also more durable than the original generator, with better bearings. A new electronic distributor was added with electronic ignition, again for more reliabilty. The tachometer was rebuilt to function as an electronic unit which means the sometimes problematic cable drive system is eliminated. It’s more reliable than the original mechanical version.

Other great features include an electric fuel pump, aluminum radiator with nice upgraded expansion tank, walnut burl wood dashboard and steering wheel, 3-point seat belts/shoulder harnesses, new wiring harness, rebuilt seats with new foam and upholstery, new rear leaf springs, new Halogen headlights, new LOUD Hella horns, brass fuel sender float, custom locking choke control with original knob and an original tool kit.

The top and tonneau are nice, both older Amco models, but still with plenty of life. Side curtains are also of similar vintage and quite usable. A front sway bar was added, for even better handling.

The underside is very solid! The paint shines beautifully and the interior looks like new. It’s a clean Bugeye.

The exhaust system includes a small resonator and muffler perpendicular to the car. It works great, and sound nice. It’s also quite recent so there is no need to make any changes. However, if the new owner desires, we can put in a performance muffler with no resonator for a sportier exhaust note and perhaps less back pressure.

This car would also benefit from a five-speed conversion, for even more wonderful highway cruising. It is quite common for us build-out Bugeyes to the specifications of the new owner, so if you want a five-speed Bugeye, we can convert this one for you. Since it already has so many nice upgrades, it is a perfect candidate for this upgrade.

There is just one thing missing, did you notice? We took off the nice wipers to detail the car, and they are still sitting on the bench. Not to worry, I’ll put them on in the morning.

This is a good one, with great handling and performance, and overall, great fun, she’s a fast driver that will make you smile. We’d love to send “Belle” your way! Call or email if you are interested!

Restored 1960 Bugeye Sprite for sale

This is AN5L 31095 (we call it “Gavin”), a 1960 Bugeye that was the subject of a ground-up restoration in 2014. A ton of money and time was spent to bring this car down to bare metal, and nearly everything was replaced or rebuilt at that time. The original 948 engine was rebuilt by a shop in Massachusetts. The original drum brake front king pins were re-bushed. The floor was repaired with new panels. The wiring is new, and the chrome was redone. The gauges were rebuilt. The project was quite extensive.

The interior was also redone, and looks great.

The car drives well, although some maintenance is needed, primarily because the car has been sitting. For example, the master cylinder is due for replacement, as are some wheel cylinders. I would also replace the bias ply tires, as I much prefer radials. We can get it ready for the new owner if they so desire. If you are interested in the car, call to discuss options.

The bodywork is nice, and the car looks great. The nose fits well, quite a bit better than most. The paint has yellowed a bit. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but the color is not uniform. And the normally flat beading on top of the fenders was ground to more of a point. This is a perfect car for someone who doesn’t sweat the small stuff but still desires a nicely restored car at a great price.

This fully restored and expensive restoration can be had for $15,995, a deep discount when compared to most professional restorations-this is a lot of Bugeye for the money. The bodywork is nice, but since it was less than professionally done, you can buy this car for about half of the cost of Tanner, the other completely restored Bugeye in our lineup.

They look almost the same, how come Tanner is twice the price? Feel free to call to discuss!

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

BARN FIND! Up for auction soon! Email for schedule and more details!

Want to be the talk of every car show you attend? Make this barn find a driver, and you’ll have something really special… a time-capsule survivor that you can drive. Anyone with deep enough pockets can restore a Sprite, but few people can claim they have an unmolested barn find that they brought back to life as an exercise in preservation (not restoration).

Every month we are offered Bugeyes for restoration. They are almost always completely or partially disassembled, stalled restoration projects or bodywork disasters that stalled for a good reason. The only way to bring this type of basket case back to life is to make everything new again.

But our barn find shown here is unique. In fact, I strongly encourage the new owner to think long and hard before completely dismantling this car and embarking on a lengthy restoration. Instead, I would fix the two underside issues…. 1) put a new floor in the driver footwell and 2) weld a patch behind the driver seat (these two areas have small holes, and are shown in the photo album). Then I would restore all the mechanicals and drive this car exactly as you see it. I would not repair the dents, or patch the rear fender bottom because that will merely complicate the revival, and would diminish this particular story. Instead, I would leave it alone and work toward driving and enjoying this car as soon as possible.

I have seen Bugeye restoration projects trade at prices ranging from “free” to about $10,000. 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, has not been molested and it has a great story.

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 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 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.

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. Or put in a rebuilt 1275 engine and enjoy the horsepower increase. The heritage certificate verifies this is not the original engine (9C-U-H 37496), but instead one from a later Bugeye (9C-U-H/47168). The stock 948 engine currently in the car is definitely from a Bugeye, one that was built a few months later near the end of production, in late 1960 (this car was built April 22 of 1960, per the heritage certificate).

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. 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.

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.

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

Call 203 561 6929 if you are interested!

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