Looking for a superb modified and more useable, more reliable Bugeye Sprite that still looks completely stock? If so, this is a great one to consider!
Meet “Willis,” (AN5L 47705), a superb 1960 Bugeye that we have known since about 2013, when we bought the car, upgraded it, and sold it to a client in Connecticut. When he was done with it, we bought it again, and sold it to a client in Idaho, in 2016 with 774 miles showing. That customer made the great drone video while the car was in Idaho’s wide open spaces, so you can see how this Bugeye looks from 30,000 feet in the video below:
The car then went to Maine, changed from Minilites to original steel disk wheels and joined a stunning private collection of other classics for a while (without getting much use) and from there I was able to buy it again. I love this car. It has always been one of the better restorations, and it drives and looks great. The car now shows a mileage of 2,305 so there has only been 1,500 miles since this car left us in 2016 – it still looks quite fresh.
I made a drive video today and you can see it starts easily (even when cold), runs smoothly up and down through the revs, and stops really well (the rear brakes are working too ((always nice)) as evidenced by the rolling handbrake test you can see in the video).
Like all classic British cars, there is a punch list, and this one is pretty short… the dashboard turn signal indicator is not working so we need a new flasher unit… and the horn is not working, so we need to figure out which link in the chain is not functional. These are pretty common challenges that are easy for us to address.
The new owner might also want us to refresh all the hydraulics before we ship the car, to zero-out the always ticking hydraulics-are-about-to-start-leaking clock. There is no tonneau present, and these are pretty much essential. And of course, we would be delighted to upgrade this great car even further with a five speed/rear disk brake/ supercharger/ aluminum radiator package!
Every time Willis comes here, he gets a little better (and he’s already quite good)!
Prior upgrades include twin-tipped muffler, flip forward nose, exhaust header, sway bar, good top, three point seat belts, side curtains, LED light kit, solid state electronic fuel pump and more!
This is a special cars, because most of the fleet is aging and needing more and more after the past 10 years, but this one just keeps getting better! Call or email if you are interested in adopting Willis!