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At 15 years old I had a paper route I’d been working since I was 12, so I had a little money in the bank. In a local PennySaver I found an ad for a 1962 Austin-Healey Mark II Tri Carb Roadster. The asking price was $900, so I talked my mother into taking me to look at it while my father was at work. We liked it, and I ended up paying full price for this car. Then drove it home 10 miles with no license which infuriated my father when he got home.
The car needed work but it was all there. It had been repainted green, which looked horrible, and someone installed a saddle interior. This was my first car and I had it for three years before I sold it for $1,200.
When I started my family some time later, I asked my wife if I could buy another one. This time I got a 1967 Mark III green with black interior, and it only had 35,000 miles on it in 1982. This second Healey cost me $20,000, a bit of a price increase from $900. I had this one for 10 years before I sold it. I’ve had tons of cars over the years including Corvettes which I still own and Shelbys, you name it and I’ve had it.
I love all vintage automobiles, but have a special place for the Austin-Healeys. My third Healey was a 1963 Mark II. Hindsight is 20/20, and I really should have just kept the ’62.
-Neil B., Pennsylvania