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Still available: ’60 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I

Austin-Healey 3000 MK I

We spotted this back in July and it cropped up again on Craigslist. We still think it looks worthy of some additional attention. Unless of course one of our readers has seen it and it is a fright pig!

We like Big Healeys very much. They call them Big Healeys because they replaced the smaller 100-4. What else could they call it? The first attempt at the 6-cylinder car was the 100-6. Of all Healeys, big & small, it is our least favorite. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t buy one if a really special one came along. In 1959, the twin SU carb 3000 MK I debuted and it was a much better engine. Read More

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Princely Frog Eye: ’59 Austin-Healey Sprite

59 Austin-Healey Sprite

This may be our 3rd Sprite but it could be our best. One reason for that outlandish statement is our frequent car spotter and our go-to traveling mechanic, Mike M., has been responsible for its care for quite some time. Mike doesn’t get attached to cars that aren’t worthy and he is in the tank for this Sprite. A review on how a Sprite came to be for the benefit of our newer readers – Donald Healey wanted a car a bloke could park in his bike shed. – Donald Healey wanted a car a bloke could park in his bike shed. His own words, not ours. It was introduced to the press in 1958 and quickly became a success in sales and on the track. Most readers won’t know this but the Sprite – Frog Eye in the UK and Bug Eye in the States – was the first mass produced car that had a unitary construction. Not a full monocoque but close. Not bad for an inexpensive sports car. Read More

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Totally biased: ’66 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII

Austin Healey 3000 MKIII

It does seem like great, original British sports cars are popping up all over. For the record, we here at Mint appreciate a wide range of cars and trucks. So if it appears that we have latched on to a particular brand, it is more apt to be a unique opportunity for you and we want to make sure you see it. The godfather (lowercase) of car finders, Mike M., sent this in on the heels of another low mileage Healey. But this one (stay with us) looks like someone just traded it in on a new ’73 Jaguar. It has that back in the 70s used car look. And that is a remarkable achievement. Read More

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Bubble Sprite: ’59 Austin-Healey Sprite

Austin-Healey Sprite

Yesterday we featured a rather nice Austin Healey 3000 Works Rally Tribute and a absolutely dreadful 3000 restoration as part of a brief rant on taste. Then Mike M., sends us this absolutely wonderful Sprite and we decided to go Healey again.  Some background – Donald wanted a car a bloke could park in his bike shed. His own words, not ours. It was introduced to the press in 1958 and quickly became a success in sales and on the track.  Read More

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Lefty to righty: ’60 Austin Healey BN 7

Austin Healey 3000 MK I

We owned (past tense) 2 really great Healeys. We started with a super Healey Blue ’67 BJ8. It was a great car that we drove everywhere.  That was a little too civilized for us so we searched and found a ’61 Side Curtain car in black with original red interior and a hardtop. Nirvana. So why does this offering sent in by frequent contributor Mike M., bother us a little?  Let’s establish that we applaud the attempt at building a great looking and hopefully driving, event car. We rarely see someone go to the trouble of converting to RHD to get the Works-car look down pat. Read More

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Bike Shed: ’58 Austin Healey Sprite

Austin Healey Bug Eye

We are sort of in the tank for cars created by Donald Healey. Yesterday we featured one of his creations in collaboration with Nash-Kelvinator. Today’s featured post is at the other end of the spectrum. Donald wanted a car a bloke could park in his bike shed. His own words, not ours. It was introduced to the press in 1958 and quickly became a success in sales and on the track. Read More

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Ready in Red: ’60 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I

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We know and love Austin-Healeys. They are a handful of British sports car. When you drive a good one, they feel unbreakable and you feel invincible. The trouble is, many big Healeys have fallen into the wrong hands. So, like any other collectible car, knowledge and a PPI is power. Most folks know Austin-Healey (or more accurately BMC) made great Works rally and race cars. So it in not unimaginable that a MK I Healey would look like this offering. Read More

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Survivor: ’67 Austin-Healey 3000 MK III

Austin-healey 3000 MK III

We haven’t owned an Austin-Healey in years and we miss the excitement of driving this quintessential British sports car. What we do know is there are many wrong ways to buy and/or restore one of these. There is a trend to over-restore these cars. Some of the specialists do a great job and we wouldn’t argue that but they never left the factory as nice as they do now. That is the fate of many restored cars and the reason we lean toward survivors or cars that haven’t been apart. And then there are the folks who get their hands on one of these and completely ruin them. Read More

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Sprite Squared: ’62 Austin-Healey Sprite MK II

Austin-Healey Sprite MK II

Bugeye/Frogeye Sprites get all the love. Yes, they have a face a mother can love. But the MK II is a really fun little car. This Iris Blue Beauty probably was built in early ’62 because in October that year, engine size ballooned to 1098 cc engine. So this one has a 948 cc motor that has recently been breathed upon in a sporting way. Read More