(if a car is not pictured here, it has been sold)

Bugeye Sprite “Sven” moves to Colorado

Kevin in Colorado emailed last month that his wife loved our Bugeye “Sven,” and so it’s nice to see her behind the wheel in this photo, now that the car has moved to their home in The Rockies! Congratulations!

This is a car we sold to Max and Debra in PA, who used it for about four years and then sold it back to us, so we could upgrade it further and send the car off to Colorado last month.

I had the luxury of autocrossing this car at Austin Healy Enclave in Gettysburg in 2015, courtesy of Max and Debra. We had prepared our concours Bugeye for that event, and I had hoped to bring a second Bugeye for the autocross but the concours project took all my time. When I mentioned I didn’t have a car to use at that event, Max and Debra generously offered Sven. So when they offered to sell this car in 2016, I was excited to own Sven once again. And now Kevin in Colorado is the recipient of a Bugeye that has been well-scrutinized and sorted. The more we get to know each one of these cars the better they get!


Who drives Bugeye Sprites?

imageMeet Bob in the video below. He recently purchased a beautiful 1959 Bugeye we had called “Pedro” and we loaded the car into an enclosed trailer and shipped it to him in Florida. Before we did that, we designed a build sheet together that included the modifications Bob wanted to make this car his own, and to optimize it for his location and type of usage.

50 pictures of beautiful Bugeye moments

We just sold our 165th Bugeye Sprite.

I am personally in awe of this accomplishment. I never would have guessed when I purchased “Gumby” in 1979 (pictured below) that we would one day end up with a business born out of a passion for a simple little car with a lot of personality.


How can we objectively measure the quantity of Bugeyes we have sent to new homes?

It’s a column of Bugeyes 1856 feet long, bumper to bumper, a procession long enough to reach, well, a bit more than a quarter mile! (ok, they’re small cars)

It’s 109 tons of Bugeyes.

It’s 330 tuned and synchronized SU carbuettors. (thank you Russ)

It’s 660 torn radius arm bushings we’ve replaced.

And probably 165,000 truck miles for all the cars we have transported around America and beyond.

But none of this data tells the real story.

Yesterday, while preparing the 165th Bugeye “Bliss” for the new owners who are 2000 miles away, lunch arrived for our crew. Sandwiches, Sprite and cookies were sent by that new owner, who took the time to find a local Connecticut deli via YELP on her smartphone and have them deliver lunch for the people building her new car. For me, this tells the story, of the 165 wonderful new Frogeye owners who have come together to celebrate this amazing little car, built in a time that now seems so far away, when people drove cars that meant something more than just a means to get from A to B.
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Our second Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car cover!

I was ecstatic to open my mailbox recently and find myself driving a Sprite on the cover of my favorite car magazine. Hemmings Sports and Exotic car #123 (November 2015) includes a great feature about our 1965 Sprite club racer. I knew Hemmings would eventually run a story about the car, but to see it on the cover, (with me driving!), was quite a wonderful surprise!


This is the second cover to feature our cars and quite an honor for me, since I routinely read every issue from cover to cover (Click here to read our first Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car Cover story from Sept 2013.) This new piece is our third feature by the way, with a story in July of 2014 about our Supercharged Bugeye which you can read by clicking here.

Our whole staff is nuts for this magazine… Bob our welder reads these mags carefully one page at a time, in sequence!!! I asked him if he saw our Sprite cover, and he said he hasn’t looked at the current issues yet, as he is still reading the May 2015 issue and hasn’t yet caught up.

I purchased this car from the builder roughly a year ago. We sorted a number of issues, improved a number of systems, and then sold it to Ron from Tennessee who you see featured in the story. Dave LaChance from Hemmings had visited to drive the car when we had it, and it took about 18 months for an opening for this story to run.

Click here to read this new cover story “Sprite Done Right.” If you haven’t already subscribed to this publication, I hope you will do so, as the magazine would certainly appeal to anyone who enjoys our site, and you’re invited to support what I think is the best car publication for vintage sports car enthusiasts!

Our 150th Bugeye Sold!

The Blue Bugeye we called “Marsha” was a milestone, our 150th out the door (now we’re up to 154!). Here’s Cici, the proud new owner of #150, united with her car at home in the Lake Tahoe area.

When I bought my first Bugeye “Gumby” back in 1979, I never would have guessed that one car (and the passion that ensued) would one day result in such a robust Bugeye business. We’ve been at this full time now since 2007, and with each Bugeye we sell, we learn more about how to make the next one even better.

Cici in her bugeye

Restored Bugeye Sprite heads to Canada

IMG_5490This fantastic Bugeye has moved to Canada, and here’s the new owner in the video below, ready for his trip home. This car had an amazing ground up restoration, yet the new owner still used our resources to build a list of accessories into the car, and make it even better before departure! Each of our Bugeyes is unique, and customized to meet the needs of the new owner.

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