Austin Healey 100-4 100-6 3000 Stories
Former SCCA racer. Completely refurbished and restored for the movie "Liberty Heights" by Barry Levinson, filmed in Baltimore.
I was living with my parents, and my dad decided that I needed something to keep me out of trouble so, he found a tattered 1955 Austin Healey with the engine locked up and decided that was to be my project for the summer.
I last drove an Austin Healey in 1963, and it has taken me a long time to actually acquire one. It has been well worth the wait.
So 12-½ years after pushing the car (rust bucket) into my garage, the car was backed out my garage, the engine started (with fire extinguisher handy) and then driven around the block!
My Austin Healey has been with me for a long time. In 1972 my secretary told me that she and her husband were soon going to have a baby and that meant their 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 was going to have to be replaced with a vehicle that had doors that locked and windows that would roll up and down.
Really wanting the green one, or more commonly called BRG, I tried to negotiate. I told the dealer if he would match the price of the one in NKC, then we had a deal. The dealer said no way would he match the price, and that I should go buy the car in NKC for the $3900.I purchased the 1967 Colorado Red Austin Healey 3000 MKIII with roll-up windows from Economy Cars LTD for $3900. I got $700 trade-in for my Corvair, and the final price was $3200.
Story begins July 27th, 1973, Riverside, California with a trip to the barber. Haircut was $4, his Healey was $375 (see bill of sale and note that the car sold was an Austin Heally). The car turned out to be the better deal as I had it a lot longer than I had my hair. Immediately after the purchase of the 1961 BN-7, I purchased the workshop manual (see photo and note AH spelling).
A neighbor saw my 1976 MGB and said, "Nice car. I have an Austin-Healey, 1965 3000. Been in storage for 40 years, haven't seen it for 30". I told him if he was ever interested in selling I would be interested. Next time I saw him he said, "Sooner rather than later".
“The British Are Coming” took on new meaning for the proprietors of a well-hidden dining establishment in the Hoosier forest. As if the morning’s rally wasn’t enough, and without a rally master to lead them astray, Sir Gayle and Sir Dale, not to be curtailed, but unknowingly “in for it” again, with a full contingent of OVAHC swains and fair maidens in tow, hit the hills and dales again in search of the Ye Olde Hidden Cottage Buried In The Vale…more commonly known as The Farmhouse Café and Tea Room in good old Bean Blossom, Indiana (no kidding!).
After many years of being a "lone wolf" owner I decided to join a local chapter of an Austin-Healey club. Their club "Encounter" was coming up and I was determined to attend with my car. On the night before we were to leave for the meet one of my carburetor floats decided not to (float).
When I was 6 years old my dad and I bought an Austin Healey. He told me that when we finished this amazing car then it would become mine. At first I thought that it wasn’t going to take too long to fix up, but then we started to tear it apart.
My husband Jonny and I got married on 27 September last year at the Midhurst Parish Church followed by a reception at The Walled Garden at Cowdray.
In 1967 I owned a silver blue 1966 Austin Healey MK 3000. Of course sold it for a 1966 Chevelle 396 SS. It was the thing to do. In 1977 I found this 67' in the paper and snapped it up. Over the years I've owned Corvettes, Porches, Alfas, Vdubs, Mercedes, you name it. I've never wanted to get rid of my sweet Healey.
I'm 45 and fell in love with my ‘57 Austin-Healey100-6 over 30 years ago when I saw the shrouds and wings hanging from the beams of a family friend's barn. I didn't fully comprehend the car until he showed me a photo later in the day. I was instantly smitten and remained so. I've never seen a prettier car then or now.
Just purchased the auto and in the middle of assessing what needs to be done - lots. Almost completed a '59 BN-6 when wife decided to take it.
This is my 1962 Austin Healey MKIII 3000. I am please to share these pictures with you.
This is my 1967 Austin Healey 3000. It is all original.
Jim and I provided some of the sanding and buffing but mainly stood back and let the real builders do their work. The red 1962 AH3000 in the pictures is the one that Uncle Bear restored for himself and it is now kept in a car museum of drivable collectable cars in Clifton, Texas.
Spent 5 years and a bunch of money and restored the car and am now driving it.