Anyone who has acquired a dissembled project car would be very familiar with the scavenger hunt through boxes of parts that came along with it. This can be both an exciting and daunting task, and it is the current stage of our Bugeye Vintage Racer Project.
So far, we have pulled the car out of storage and started gathering and looking through the boxes of parts.
The history behind this Bugeye is quite unknown at the moment, but we did find some interesting parts including the half tonneau cover, original Raydyot racing mirrors, and super rare Donald Healey competition intake and exhaust manifolds. We believe a lot of the components that we found with the car were purchased directly through the Donald Healey Competition Department which was located on Long Island, New York, in the 1960’s.
The engine we will be using is a late 1275 that came out of England, but we also plan on eventually rebuilding the original 948 that came with the car.
The car has an array of competition gauges on the dashboard, but one peculiar thing we found was the 9,000 RPM tachometer. It appears the gauge has been modified (originally a 7,000 rpm tachometer) and hand painted to 9,000 RPM’s.
Considering a stock 948’s redline is around 5,500, this must have had fully balanced internals and a good amount of headwork in order to rev so high.
We still have a number of boxes to look through, so stay tuned as we keep you updated with the revival of this vintage racer. Who knows what else we might find!