We received this note from Andy, the proud new owner of Fritz! It’s been roughly a year or so that Fritz has been with Andy and it has gotten a complete transformation. We’re happy that we could offer our expertise to another enthusiast in the Bug-o-sphere! One more Bugeye back on the road!
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We have recently sold our 400th Bugeye (we’re already up to 401). That means there are (more than) 400 unique Bugeye ownership stories that have helped us get to this tremendous milestone! Here are two of those stories about our great customers, the heros who got us to 400 Bugeyes sold!
Sue from Colorado wrote us recently to share her recent experiences with “Blinkie”. She writes: “My husband bought a beautiful 1959 Bugeye (Primrose) from you in 2016 for my 30th anniversary gift. ‘Blinkie’ has been my joy as part of the British Motoring Club of Northern Colorado. Runs GREAT and is always a big hit wherever we go! Earlier this year, Blinkie won “Best Euro” at the 13th Annual Aims Car Show in Greeley, Colorado. Thanks for all you do keeping Bugeyes on the road!”
Thank you for sharing this awesome news with us, Sue! Thank you for being a part of the Bugeyeguys family!
Chris has Bugeye #393 (“Sawyer”) that he has adopted with gusto! His famous quote: “I had a Porsche 911 for 12 years, and I have had more fun in the first 12 days with my Bugeye then I did in all 12 of those years of 911 ownership!” Bravo, Chris, and thanks for being one of our 400!
Celebrate 400 Bugeyes sold with us! Our “400 strong” t-shirt commemorates the 400th Bugeye sold, “Lulu”, and features a map with just a few of the 400 loving homes we have sent Bugeyes to on the back. We are currently accepting pre-orders for this shirt, so order yours today by clicking here or on the photos above!
Last night on NPRs “Marketplace”, David had a chance to tell the world a little about what we do here at Bugeyeguys.
Thank you to NPRs business program “Marketplace” for featuring a segment about our little slice of the classic car industry!
Old cars are getting older, just like (most) of us folks who love them. As a result, that shiny classic you spy online may look great, but in reality there is always more to the story.
This car looked good enough for our client to “click the mouse” and buy it. He was also wise enough to have it make a pit stop at our building on the way home to Minnesota. We found about 151 issues to repair and improve.
Now, that we’re done, he’s got something!
Check out the tour of the improvements in the video below:[Read more…] about 151 broken things and upgrades (video)
Above is Jeff in his blue Bugeye “Peggy,”, a car we prepared with a supercharger, rebuilt 1275 engine and five-speed transmission. We also performed about 100 additional improvements, to make the car as reliable as possible.
Much to our delight, Jeff took the Amtrak train to our shop, jumped into the fully serviced car and drove it three hours to Boston, then got up the next morning and drove 145 miles to Lime Rock Park where he ran about 20 hot laps on Saturday in a driver school, drove to the hotel (about 40 miles roundtrip), back to the racetrack for another 20 laps of racing, then another 145 miles home to Boston.
Do you think the average Bugeye sold online or on an auction site can survive this sort of intense mixed use driving?
I doubt it.
After 246 Bugeyes through our building, we know what to look for, and what to change proactively to keep your British sports car on the road. Thanks, Jeff, for demonstrating that our processes work. Thanks for the drivable (and racing) testimonial!
If you’d like a supercharged Bugeye of your own, we have “Carmine” available, a car that would be equally at home on the track or at the golf course. You can see Carmine by clicking here…
This is David from Michigan, and he is very happy.
This is his first test drive in “Mellow,” his new Bugeye Sprite. We sold it to him and then upgraded it to his specifications. When he flew-in from Michigan this week to take it for a drive, I watched him beam from my passenger seat perch and thus I was prompted to take the photo below.
Dave’s a former 356 owner, and in the video below, he makes a good point about how those Porsches (and many other collectibles) have become too expensive to enjoy.
As with most of our cars, there was a build out process… a few cracked rubber trim gaskets changed, a front sway bar added, upgraded wheel bearings, upgraded fuel pump, new three point retractable seat belts and lots more. The end result is a fully-sorted car, ready to be used and enjoyed.
Our goal is to make the most drivable and user-friendly British sportscar, and when we see unbridled joy in the faces of our customers (as we did with David), we know we are fulfilling our mission.
Thank you David, and many thanks to the 242 other people who have taken one of our vehicles home (and we have another great yellow Bugeye in stock, in case you are thinking you might want to dive-in).