Now SOLD to a buyer who has asked to remain anonymous for now! Bugeye #356 has found its next home!
Today’s Bugeye offering is a car we like to call “Creamsicle.” AN5L 2564 is a great driver with a 948 engine and front disc brakes. We had this car in our shop in December 2020 and delivered about $8,500 worth of improvements, so the car has been recently gone through for a prior customer; if you’re looking for a well-sorted car, thus, this is a great candidate.
We call this car Creamsicle for obvious reasons. There’s a good story behind its unique paint job. The fellow who had this car for many years in New Haven, Connecticut was on a budget (like a lot of Bugeye owners were back in the day) and in order to paint the car he was able to reclaim surplus paint from his body shop buddies to use on his car. That’s Barracuda Orange Crush on the center section and Chrysler White on the wings. He wanted an entirely orange car, but there wasn’t enough orange to finish the job, so white would have to do – and that’s how Creamsicle was born.
The paint has held up extremely well since 1974. The car looks fine, but if you absolutely can’t live with the color, it shouldn’t be difficult to repaint because the body is pretty straight. There is some rust in the floor pans that I suppose will be addressed when this car is one day restored. The drivers’ footwell has a riveted patch panel in place and there’s some rust under the passenger seat in the floor. The car drives great and I don’t think the condition of the underside diminished the enjoyment that either of the previous two owners experienced even one iota… but the floor sheet could use some attention.
The most recent owner chose to have us focus on drivability, and in December 2020 we went through everything, so the car would be ready to drive anywhere in America when it left our shop. We put in three-point inertia seat belts, and made a custom short tonneau that fits around the roll bar. We put in front shocks, rear shocks, an aluminum radiator, and an upgraded fan. We also lowered the front and rear suspension to make the car look more level, changed the check straps, oil pressure gauge, plumbed in a remote slave cylinder bleeder, hanging gas pedal, new master cylinder, new rack boots, new tie rod ends, new calipers, spin-on oil filter conversion, electric fuel pump and a new battery. The car runs and drives great, with good power. The sidedraft Weber idles and runs great, and the car drives like a dream, as you can see in the video below!
The car comes with the afore-mentioned custom tonneau and also a set of side curtain cores suitable for rebuilding. A top also came with the car but it is in poor condition; we can fit a new one if the new owner desires a top.
This is a fun car at a reasonable price! Give us a call or send us an e-mail if you’re interested and we can talk about what’s next for Creamsicle!
If you’re interested in making some of the upgrades to your Bugeye that we made to Creamsicle, check out these links below!