I owned a 1963 Corvair. I remember I paid $1700 cash for it. However, for some unexplainable reason, I wanted a true sports car. My first love was the Jaguar XKE roadster. A Kansas City Chiefs football player by the name of Fred Williamson owned a yellow one with the words "THE HAMMER" painted on each side. I wanted one like it. I think it was the summer of 1967 when I went to the only Jaguar dealership in Kansas City, KC Austin MG. The price tag was around $6500, and the overhead cam engine gave me some reservations, so I left disappointed because there was no way I could afford the car.
Sometime later a friend suggested an Austin Healey. Having never heard of nor seen the car, I set out to find one. I found a red one at Economy Cars in North Kansas City, with a price tag of about $3900, found a green one at Joe Eagle Imports in downtown Olathe for around $4200.
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.
The only options that I purchased were side mirrors mounted on the fenders and a tonneau cover. I borrowed $3200 from the First National Bank in Independence and my monthly payment was about $98.