My Traditional Automobile: 1962 Austin-Healey

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At 15 years previous I had a paper route I’d been working since I used to be 12, so I had slightly cash within the financial institution. In a neighborhood PennySaver I discovered an advert for a 1962 Austin-Healey Mark II Tri Carb Roadster. The asking worth was $900, so I talked my mom into taking me to take a look at it whereas my father was at work. We favored it, and I ended up paying full worth for this automobile. Then drove it house 10 miles with no license which infuriated my father when he acquired house.

The automobile wanted work but it surely was all there. It had been repainted inexperienced, which regarded horrible, and somebody put in a saddle inside. This was my first automobile and I had it for 3 years earlier than I bought it for $1,200.

After I began my household a while later, I requested my spouse if I may purchase one other one. This time I acquired a 1967 Mark III inexperienced with black inside, and it solely had 35,000 miles on it in 1982. This second Healey price me $20,000, a little bit of a worth enhance from $900. I had this one for 10 years earlier than I bought it. I’ve had tons of vehicles over time together with Corvettes which I nonetheless personal and Shelbys, you title it and I’ve had it.

I like all classic cars, however have a particular place for the Austin-Healeys. My third Healey was a 1963 Mark II. Hindsight is 20/20, and I actually ought to have simply saved the ’62.

-Neil B., Pennsylvania

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