Here’s a sharp looking early 1958 Bugeye called “Elle,” (AN5L 2264).
This is a special early car with the correct early nine-stud windshield. She underwent a long-term extensive restoration done by a passionate owner in the Midwest. He put in a Ford five speed transmission mated to the original 948 engine (#2069, the correct original engine per the heritage certificate) which was professionally rebuilt. An aluminum radiator and spin on oil filter assembly are also fit… nice upgrades. Of course, the five speed gives the new owner overdrive in fifth and fully synchronized gears, which makes this gearbox super easy to use for all types of drivers.
He also added a front disc brake conversion kit and nice Minilite wheels with 175 tires which are now only a few years old (2020 date code) with very few miles.
I particularly like the underside of this car. It’s well-restored with chip seal paint for added durability. The floor pans are both new; these are later Spridget floors with access holes by the spring mount… this is non-stock, but we’ve seen this before, and the new floors are perfectly wonderful and nicely executed.
The twin hoop roll bar is a simple style bar and can be easily removed by the new owner if a cleaner look is preferred. The upgraded tan stay-fast top is very nice. The steering wheel is new, although a bit small (I prefer a 15 inch wheel and this one is a 14″).
We went though the car extensively when we got it, and put in a brand new wiring harness since there was some burnt wiring revealed during our inspection. So the car was completely rewired, and any lighting or electric connection issues were all addressed.
To help make the cooling even more effective, we also put in a six blade fan to move more air through the upgraded aluminum radiator. We also dropped the new gas tank and resealed the fuel gauge sender and installed an ethanol proof new brass float. We installed a new fuel filter and rubber hoses, as well as a new throttle cable. The car really came to life when we recovered the dashboard to make it look correct and smooth with no extra holes, to make this nice car present like it should.
Speedo is not working and a new GPS speedo would be the right fix. Tachometer is reading too high, so a new matching electronic tach would be smart as well. We can work with the new owner to address any upgrades before the car departs.
So do give a call if you would like to take Elle home!