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Austin-Healey 100,100S,100-Six - MGA - A poor man's Healey?
|I posted the following on the MGA BBS site - a reader suggested we hear what you Healey guys have to say as we may be biased!|
"While I am happy with my 60 Roadster I have always lusted after a big Healey – is that the same for you guys? I could not afford one when I was a student and still cannot now without upsetting the boss and also I don’t want to get rid of the A!
A good condition MGA roadster in Australia is $US19-23,000 whereas an excellent condition Healey 3000 Mk 3 is $US60,000 may explain it.
The upside of the A is that they are not bad looking, are cheap and easy to fix, other owners are very friendly and helpful, Barney’s web site, this BBS and our local MG club."
I have recently owned both a MKII MGA and a 100-6. The 100-6 was difficult to stop with drum brakes and the seating position is more "upright". The A is a more tunable car (I supercharged mine with a 5 speed box) at less expense than the 100-6.
All that said - my 100-6 did draw far more attention, especially when I lived and drove my cars in Germany/Italy/France. For some reason mosr people thought the 100-6 was an Aston Martin? The long lazy torque 6 cylinder engine was a dream on the long winding European roads - a great touring car with O/D. The A with a 4 speed box is a noisy bugger - hence my 5 speed conversion, which transformed the car completely.
My A was sold for GBP14,500 the 100-6 for GBP18,500. Both cars were in "near" concours condition. I say near, as I did drive them year round, always in only dry weather, as I beleive they are intended to be driven and not just looked at... but I have been known to slip into the garage and gaze at their lines...
As far as being affordable - save your money and DO buy your dream. Prices will never be lower and the Healey 3000+seats in the rear cars are being sort after by the 30+ year guys looking to fit their kids in the back for weekend jaunts.
|Thanks JH for the comments|
|I think my 69 MGC roadster is a poor man's Healey!|
|There is no subtitute for a healey, and at the end of the road you are going to make great money if you want to sell. Our preference was to buy a late model with the wind up windows. In poor condition we then gave it a ground up restoration. MGA,s are pretty cars but have lots of limitations, small engine no O/D and comfort level which is marginal. |
Buy a poor condition Healey in the USA ship it home and the rest is up to you.
|Form Amato Daniel.|
This letter may come to you as a suprise based on the fact that I
have not had any previous contact with you.Briefly, I
am Amato Daniel, son and heir to the late Dr Daniel,
former director of Sierre Leone Gold and Diamond Corporation who
was murdered by assailants believed to be working for his political
enemies. Shortly before this unfortunate incident, my father had
informed me about an important business deal he
had executed with some of his colleagues in the office. He
told me that he had diverted some money totaling
Nine million US dollars (US$9M) which they had
realized from the sale of gold and diamonds in the
black market. He showed me some lodgement documents
with which he had deposited the money encased i
n a trunck box with a security /safe deposit company here in
Abidjan, Cote d Ivoire. He infromed me in confidence that the
seciurity company is not aware of the exact contents of the box ;
rather, he had told them that it contained Family Valuable that
he had assembled for his overseas partner who would soon
be coming to claim them for exportation. As a result
of this explanation, the box was accepted for safe-keeping
by the security company without inspection.
When the political situation in Freetown, Sierre Leone worsened, I
escaped into Abidjan, Cote d Ivoire and had since contacted the
security company, identified myself properly and informed them
about the sad fate my father had suffered. I presented the l
odgement documents and they confirmed that they have
the trunk box in their vault. So I informed them that
I intend initiating contacts with my fathers overseas
partner who owns the consignment so that he can come
and take delivery of it.
My decision to retrive this box, transfer the money and
start a new life forms the basis of this enquiry from you.1)
Could you advise me on a good business proposition into
which we can invest this money so that it would yield
good dividends ? 2) Could you assist me obtain resident
papers in your country so that I can continue my education
there from where I stopped. If you can assist me on these 2
points above, I shall give you 30% of the total money while
setting aside 5% for all incidental expenses that may arise
in the course of actualising the transaction (such expenses as
phone calls fax messages air tickets etc.)
I need not inform you that this matter is strictly confidential.
I want you to treat it as such.
This thread was discussed between 01/09/2006 and 30/07/2008