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Old May 31st, 2013, 11:57 AM
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How rare is a 109 Bugeye?

I'm on the lookout for a birth year series and just happen to be born in 69. What kind of Roverfile would I be if I didn't lust after a Bugeye? All the ones I see are 88's. Anyone know how rare the 109's are?
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Old May 31st, 2013, 12:00 PM
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I'm on the lookout for a birth year series and just happen to be born in 69. What kind of Roverfile would I be if I didn't lust after a Bugeye? All the ones I see are 88's. Anyone know how rare the 109's are?
They don't exist. Bugeye's were North American spec (maybe just US I forget) and 109s stopped being imported in 1967.
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They don't exist. Bugeye's were North American spec (maybe just US I forget) and 109s stopped being imported in 1967.
I learn something new every day. So the "late" SIIA and SIII 109's are all grey market? Is Stage One also grey market?
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Old May 31st, 2013, 12:38 PM
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I believe they made Bugeye's for Australia and Belgium too... Dont hold me to that though. So there may be bugeye 109's somewhere in the world.

There was a very nice bugeye posted here a few days ago in an auction on Long Island. 88" of course.

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Old May 31st, 2013, 01:55 PM
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I believe they made Bugeye's for Australia and Belgium too... Dont hold me to that though. So there may be bugeye 109's somewhere in the world.

There was a very nice bugeye posted here a few days ago in an auction on Long Island. 88" of course.

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So you're saying there's a chance?
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Never seen one. Perfectly possible that someone swapped fenders at some point.
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The Bugeye was the first step off the cliff, as far as I am concerned. 'effin DOT.
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They don't exist. Bugeye's were North American spec (maybe just US I forget) and 109s stopped being imported in 1967.
1969 Bugeyes don't exist?
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1969 Bugeyes don't exist?
109 bugeyes
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109 bugeyes
I have one. Check out my avatar.
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I have one. Check out my avatar.
What is the origin of the vehicle?
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What is the origin of the vehicle?
Wish I knew. Maybe a PO swapped fenders. Not sure why the would do that.
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Wish I knew. Maybe a PO swapped fenders. Not sure why the would do that.
To get headlights on the fenders?
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I learn something new every day. So the "late" SIIA and SIII 109's are all grey market? Is Stage One also grey market?
do you know what the term grey market means ?
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do you know what the term grey market means ?
Yes. It means it wasn't officially imported by the manufacturer.
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The last year for the NADA 109s was 1967. NADA = North American Dollar Area (officially imported by Land Rover into the US).
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Old June 5th, 2013, 07:35 AM
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Derek, your 109 has the correct bugeye fenders and grill. So either yours is a real bugeye 109 imported from a country that had bugeyes originally? ? OR a PO repaired their 109 with a bugeye as the parts truck.
I think Belgium had buggies back in the day and I think Australia too. But I may be wrong on this....

What's the serial # on the bulkhead/frame?

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Derek, your 109 has the correct bugeye fenders and grill. So either yours is a real bugeye 109 imported from a country that had bugeyes originally? ? OR a PO repaired their 109 with a bugeye as the parts truck.
I think Belgium had buggies back in the day and I think Australia too. But I may be wrong on this....

What's the serial # on the bulkhead/frame?

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Thanks Steve,

This is what I have - 24436228F.

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Assuming the vins are sequential and correspond to mfg order, my 88" bugeye was made 60 vehicles later...
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Where can you find information about the VIN on the Series.

In the CalVIN VIN Calculator, it's always an 88"
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