Now SOLD to Todd in Florida! Congratulations, Todd! Our 407th!
Our latest Bugeye offering is “Mira” (AN5L 42061), a 1960 Sprite. (titled in 1961, as was common with ’60 Sprites). We have done a ton of work to this car to make it into the car you see today, and as a result have made Mira into an excellent starting point for someone looking for a driver-quality Bugeye at an entry-level price!
This car had been hibernating during recent years so we have set out to refresh the car for a new owner. The wiring harness was damaged from a prior fault so we removed all of the original wiring and installed a brand-new wiring reproduction harness that looks just like the day the car was new. We took this opportunity to install a number of new electrical parts in addition to the harness, such as a new ignition switch (with our upgraded guillotine to secure the switch in the dash), a new starter pull switch, new horn contact ring, horn brush, turn signal switch, wiper switch, dip switch harness, and more!
The hydraulics also needed a complete overhaul from sitting, so we replaced all of the brake and clutch hydraulics, including a new master cylinder, new clutch slave, new wheel cylinders, new rubber brake hoses, new front drum steel bridge lines, and new rear axle gaskets, to keep gear oil from fouling the rear brakes. We also took the opportunity to install a solid-state electric fuel pump kit and run all new fuel metal lines to help feed the 948 engine, including the fuel tank pick up line. The gas tank is nearly new so we left that as is. We also added a locking choke cable.
We also did a few cosmetic upgrades to the car, installing new rear overriders and door liners, as well as new windshield stanchion gaskets, tail light lenses, and new pedal pads. Mira has a top, but the top bow the car came with is not a Bugeye top bow, so we cannot check the fitment of the top. It also came with a set of sliding side curtains. (We can help the new owner with a top if so desired.)
Mira now drives nicely! And as with every classic car of this vintage, there is always more to do.
Tires are old and flat spotted, so I would change those. The radiator header tank has some wrinkles (works fine, just not cosmetically up to snuff), so I would put in an aluminum radiator and six-blade fan and refresh all of the coolant hoses while we were at it.
The car runs fine but it would run better with a new set of HS2 carburetors (which we have in stock).
I also would also like to install three-point inertia seat belts and fit a tonneau on the car. The possibilities are endless, and we are more than happy to work with Mira’s next owner to determine which upgrades they would like before the car departs our facility.
Check out the photos below and give us a call if Mira is the right Bugeye for you!