• Hi Guest! Being a Paying Supporter is NOT a requirement to participate at BCF. However, subscribing will help ensure we can continue to serve the LBC community for years to come. If you enjoy BCF and find our forum a useful resource...Please consider supporting us by **Upgrading**
    (PS: Subscribers don't see this banner)
Tips
Tips

What might be a desirable serial number be on a BE

jaegzie

Jedi Hopeful
Offline
I was kind of looking into it because I saw a few posts recently regarding the serial numbers. The two I have are 001564 and 008722. I dont think these would be anything special but I believe they started at 501. Let me know what you thinks would be a notable number would be as far as collectale numbers. This is just out of curiosity, or if this has been posted before let me know, I searched and did not see it.
 

mrsprite

Jedi Warrior
Country flag
Offline
The lower the number the better for some collectors. The only real plus with Bugeyes would be some more rare components (like the studded windshield frame, etc.) or just having a very early example of a classic. Otherwise (at least to me) there is nothing special about any particular serial number. That said, I personally like #21000, but maybe that's because it's my Bugeye's number! :wink:
 
OP
jaegzie

jaegzie

Jedi Hopeful
Offline
Thanks that is what I kind of figured, there are enough around still that it wouldnt really matter, but i was just curious if there were any certain ones that would be good to get a hold. Just in case of some barn finds i plan on making soon :yesnod: its been about 4 months since someone called me with one, i am due.


also is there any good place i can find some of the history on some of these early one with the different parts etc... or just some fun facts, I have been looking around and really couldnt find much. I have a bunch of books i borrowed from my dad on sprites and bugeyes from the 60s and 70s but that is about it.
 

drooartz

Moderator
Staff member
Gold
Country flag
Offline
Quite a few good books out there. The best seems to be "Original Sprite and Midget" by Terry Horler. Not perfect, but goes through all the changes, and is as accurate as can be expected.
 

bthompson

Jedi Warrior
Offline
There's no direct collectibility factor, but for inherent coolness you can't beat a VIN with a 007 somewhere in it. :laugh:
 

mrsprite

Jedi Warrior
Country flag
Offline
bthompson said:
There's no direct collectibility factor, but for inherent coolness you can't beat a VIN with a 007 somewhere in it. :laugh:


I had an '88 Fiero with the last 5 numbers if the VIN 13007.....I always thought the 007 was cool too. :smile:
 

Bayless

Obi Wan
Silver
Country flag
Offline
Hey, 007 is pretty cool. My Sprite is #71428. Nothing special about that except it makes it easy to remember. 7 x 2 = 14 x 2 = 28. Also my 450SE is #000500 after all the model identifying numbers. I always liked that.
 

jlaird

Great Pumpkin
Country flag
Offline
The most desireable serial number is the one on your Bugeye of course.
 

drooartz

Moderator
Staff member
Gold
Country flag
Offline
Well said, Jack.
 

bill_young

Jedi Warrior
Offline
The most desireable VIN is the one that matches the title you have for the car. :yesnod:
 

14dna

Luke Skywalker
Offline
The Ed Leavens mentioned in that article had a BMC dealership in London Ontario. Actually it is now run by his son, Chris, and sells VW.
A very interesting man to talk with.

FYI

Dave :savewave:
 
OP
jaegzie

jaegzie

Jedi Hopeful
Offline
bill_young said:
The most desireable VIN is the one that matches the title you have for the car. :yesnod:

Title, What are those? Just kidding, the bugeye I have has a bill of sale from 1975, this is when my dad bought the car from the original owner in CA and that is all the paperwork he got.

Thanks all for the replies, Just curious if there were any more desirable, because all bugeyes are desirable of course, than some others, but i see there isnt much to worry about.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
JPSmit Not quite an LBC - but the size might be close :) Restoration & Tools 3
K TR2/3/3A Need advice on what my TR3A might be worth..... Triumph 10
M Wanted I tried to post this earlier and it didn't seem to work so this might soon appear as Austin Healey Classifieds 6
davester Help me make some engine teardown/evaluation/might-as-well decisions please. Spridgets 6
Steve This might go for silly money... Rover / Land Rover 1
waltesefalcon It might be sacrilege ... Other British Cars 4
RickB Anyone doing a steering wheel swap - a little loctite might be a good idea Spridgets 2
D Might be returning to Spridgets... Spridgets 5
Lbp TR2/3/3A What Might Cause The Entire Electrical System on my TR3A to Die? Triumph 19
H Think This Might be Part of the Problem? Austin Healey 3
JodyFKerr Wedge I might have let the smoke out [TR8] Triumph 25
Randy Forbes It might be a slug, but it sure is pretty... Austin Healey 28
6 might as well syndrome Triumph 11
DNK Might be worth a spare one. Triumph 7
JPSmit You all might be interested MG 0
G You might think I'm nuts, but I'd rather drive... Spridgets 14
D This just might get me to buy a Spridget...... Spridgets 12
C This might be a dumb question but.... Spridgets 15
Thor Any idea what this sound might be from motot Spridgets 9
RickB Bugeye might be available - value question Spridgets 8
YankeeTR You guys might enjoy this... MG 16
P You might be a car nut if.... Triumph 39
F What a Healey might be Austin Healey 27
jlaird Thought you might like to see what I Spridgets 29
T Today might be the demise of the Crypt Car Triumph 19
T I might buy another Triumph! Triumph 14
bluemiata90 I MIGHT NEED THERAPY Triumph 12
jlaird Thought you all might like these. Spridgets 24
Trevor Jessie Might be a little quiet here for a few days Spridgets 24
regularman I believe a blind man, might be able to see my... Spridgets 14
G Spitfire 1971-80 Spitfire owner's might be interested. Triumph 1
bravenrace Might be a World Record - Where's Guiness? TVR 3
kyreb1862 Might As Well's MG 2
jlaird YOU MIGHT BE A SPRITE DRIVER IF. Spridgets 26
T Wedge Nice TR8 at Cars & Coffee - might be for sale Triumph 0
19_again Head gasket--might as well? MG 7
jlaird Thought you all might Spridgets 1
gsalt57tr3 looks like, smells like a scam, might be a scam Triumph 7
TR4 Might be nice ....... Triumph 5
jlaird Thought you might like these Spridgets 3
jlaird Thought you might Spridgets 10
Steve Might do somebody some good.... Triumph 2
J thought you guys might like this TVR 2
6 Thought some of you might like to see my Sprite Spridgets 40
regularman Important question [I might have just screwed up] Spridgets 8
T TR6 "Might as well" if you need to pull the TR6 dash Triumph 6
budk1953 You might want one British Motor Corp 9
ahpook This might be a sin, but Spridgets 7
YankeeTR You might enjoy some of these pictures... Triumph 8
jlaird Thought youall might like to be the first to know Spridgets 11

Similar threads

Top