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David Silberkleit is Branford, Connecticut is known as the CFO, Chief Frogeye Officer at Bugeye Guy, the Bugeye Sprite Specialists. While in high school he bought his first Bugeye Sprite, way back in 1978. Fast-forward to 2007 when David founded the website bugeyeguy.com. Today, that’s where he buys, sells, builds, and restores these wonderful little British cars. In 2015 he built one of the world’s only gold metal concours Bugeye Sprite and that car was certified at the Gettysburgh Austin Healy Club Enclave. Along with cars David has a parts business as well, where he helps other Bugeye owners keep their special cars running and looking their best.

SHOW SPONSORS  

Covercraft   •   MetronGarage   •   Christopher Kimball Financial Services

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE

“Everything that flows through out building has our name on it whether we built it or not.”

CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES 

While growing his website crashed causing all sorts of challenges. 

FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE

A 1963 Mini Cooper S

AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE 

The cheapest car is always the most expensive one.

RESOURCES 

BugeyeGuyParts

Gumby

Visiting modern car manufacturing factories. 

BOOK RECOMMENDATION

How To Modify Your Mini by David Vizard

PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE

Identify your passion, become the best in that niche, and put it out to the world and you’ll be successful.

WHERE TO FIND DAVID

Bugeye Guy

BugeyeGuyParts

 

 

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2 comments
  1. Hi Mark,
    I’m an English Frogeye owner and enthusiast, and I just enjoyed your interview of David Silberkleit. He has probably done more than anyone worldwide to enhance and prolong the legend of the wonderful Austin Healey Sprite. Thanks for giving him a platform.

    Bernard Carpenter
    Lincolnshire
    England

  2. Interesting and informative, As a current 2 year+ owner of a 1960 but titled 1961 bugeye, that was once raced about 10 years ago in the St. Louis area, we( my wonderful wife & I) get many Smiles per gallon. We drive all over the Chicago land area. In. the winter we drive it all over the Florida keys. Many people just love this car, often taking pictures of it. Bought parts from David’s business. The first thing I purchased and most important, was his 2 hour DVD. This DVD allowed me to make sure I bought a very sound bugeye. Ken & Sandy Gaborek Arlington Heights, Illinois

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