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Link to BusterCluster 2006

Link To Pebble Beach Sports Car Club

Bugeye Video Down The Pacific Coast Highway

Bugeye Video Over The Coastal Range to the Pacific Coast Highway

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In 1956, Leonard Lord of British Motor Corporation mentioned to Donald Healey that there was a need for a small, low-cost sports car to fill the gap left by the disappearance of the pre-war Austin Seven Nippy and Ulster models. DMH set about designing a prototype which was to become the famous "Bugeye Sprite".CokerBugeyeDrawing.jpg (38332 bytes) This picture is a photograph of a copy of the original scale drawing of the Bugeye Sprite done by Gerry Coker in 1956. The original was reduced to 11 x 17 and the body hand colored by Mr. Coker. The selected color was Ferrari Red. The reason Ferrari Red was chosen was that DMH and Mr. Coker used to joke about the Sprite being the "Poor Man's Ferrari" and according to Mr. Coker, the first Sprite prototype was painted Ferrari Red. Mr. Coker donated this work to the Austin Healey club to be sold at auction at the Lake Tahoe International Austin Healey gathering in June of 2002. I was lucky enough to have purchased it at that time. The Sprite went into production in early 1958 under the Austin-Healey badge as Austin Drawing Office Project Number 13 (hence the site name ADO13) and was an instant success.

In the original Gerry Coker design (see above drawing and photo below), the Sprite was to have pop-up headlamps that lay flat when closed as later seen on the Porsche 928. They were deleted due to cost and complexity and the headlamps were mounted on the bonnet giving the car a Frog like appearance. The Sprite was immediately dubbed the "Frogeye" which was translated into "Bugeye" on this side of the pond.

The "Bugeye" was built from 1958 through 1960 at which time it was replaced by the MkII Sprite and the MkI Midget. All told, almost 50,000 Bugeye's, including those assembled from CKD kits were built. The Italian Sprites were also built on the Bugeye chassis but with a different body. In addition to the 50,000 or so Bugeyes about 75,000 square body Sprites and 225,000 MG Midgets were produced between 1958 and 1979. With about 350,00 cars produced you can understand why most parts are available for these cars, both new and used. Under the skin all Sprites are basically the same and most parts are interchangeable. This also applies to the MG Midget through 1974. In 1975 the Midget switched to the Triumph 1500 engine and transmission but other than that they are still the same basic car.

More information on these cars can be found in this list of publications. These publications are listed in no particular order of importance. Most of the book titles were provided by Frank Clarici of the Spridget list. I think Frank actually owns all of the books listed.


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Bugeye Sprite Prototype
Photo and Information Provided by Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird Via Mike Maclean.
Note: 1) Sill Line and External Door and Bonnet Hinges
2) Popup Headlamps (in the up position),
3) Badge on the Grill Top
4) Bonnet Badge
5) Unusual Side Screens
6) High Side Screen Hardtop
7) and Short Windscreen Pillars.


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Bugiii's Spec's

1959 Austin Healey Sprite.
1275 cc "A" Series Engine Bored 40 Over.
Hepolite Flat Top Pistons.
Aluminum Head & Roller Rockers From Pierce Manifolds.
Mild Road Cam.
Weber 40 DCOE Sidedraft With Canon Manifold.
Aldon Centrifugal Advance Distributor.
MSD-6AL Ignition Triggered By Pertronix Ignitor.
MSD-8680 Cockpit Timing Control (15 Degrees).
3.9-1 Differential.
Datsun 210 5-Speed Using Rivergate Bell Housing Adapter
Plate And Modified 1275 Flywheel, 210 Clutch
Plate, 210 Pressure Plate, And 210 Release bearing.
Frontline Front Tube Shock & Upper "A" Arm Conversion.
Mazda Pickup Alternator Conversion.
Programmable VDO Electronic Speedometer
VDO Tachometer.
13 x 5" Minitor Mag Wheels.
175 x 60 x 13 Falken Tires.
Fiberglass Bonnet With Forward Tilt Hinge.
RCI Low Back Fiberglass Seats.
Seat Covers By: Andy And Me, Seaside CA.
Paint By: Mike At Pestana’s, Seaside CA.
Carpets By: Rick’s Auto Upholstery, Sand City CA.


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Poster from BusterCluster 2006

To order your own copy in poster format, click on the following link

Then search on "BusterCluster 2006"


Ceramic Bugeye Pictures

List Of Great And Some Not So Great Car Movies

BUGIIIS British Car Links

Internet Spridget List Information
And List of Options

Internet Spridget List Member Information
And List of cars

Bugeye Parts Manual

Pictures And a History of The Bugeye
That I've Owned Since 1966.

Pictures And a Tale of Building a Bugeye
Using a Tub And Some Parts Catalogs.

Worlds Fastest Bugeye

Pebble Beach Sports Car Club

Future Bugeye Owner

Bugeye Dreams - A little Bugeye humor

Love At First Site - Story And Pictures
About My First Bugeye And The Original Bugiii's

Project Bugeye - The Trials And Tribulations of
Building a Bugeye From Scratch.

BUGIIIS Tech Pages

Spridget Wing Window's For Sale

Free Bugeye Screen Saver

Glen Byrns Turbo Bugeye

Sandi's Porsche Page

Suzuki Swift 1.3 DOHC


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