Big Healey With Same Owner For 50 Years!

1959 Austin-Healey 100-6

This 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 is claimed to have been owned by the same person for over 50 years! It has also been parked for the last 39 of them so it’s going to need lots of work to be road worthy again. Luckily, the body on this one isn’t as rusty as some of the big Healeys we have featured over the years. It needs some attention in the rockers and the doors, but otherwise looks solid. The carburetors are in the trunk and the seller thinks that the engine could be made to run easily by reinstalling the carbs and cleaning out the fuel system. That may be optimistic, but when compared to other AH projects out there, this one doesn’t seem too scary. The carpet though, is another story… Take a look here on eBay where this project is listed with only a day left!

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Comments

  1. Randy Forbes

    What is it about long-term Healey owners? Sixteen more years, and I’ll mark half a century__fifty years__with mine!

    That actually looks like a pretty good car to start with, if the description is honest. It’s when you get into replacing door shut/door hinge panels when things get really wonky with Healeys. A good candidate for a body on restoration.

    Truth be told, I’d be more interested in the 2-seater sitting behind it; more my style, and perhaps why I’ve held onto BN6L 942 for as long as I have!

  2. fred

    When Jesse said the carpet was scary, I pictured something completely different (like rotted or rat/insect infested). Got a big laugh when I actually saw it.

  3. rogerowen

    Nice car, expensive resto project though.

  4. Howard A Member

    Prices for these have gone into the stratosphere, as evidenced by the bid of what, years ago, we would consider a “parts car”. Don’t get me wrong, I love big Healey’s. It’s just, by the time you get through restoring this, you’d have twice the amount if you just bought one already restored. ( Apparently, It’s ok to sink tons of money into a restoration, then sell it for 1/3 the cost). It should be mentioned, this car has the desirable overdrive option. ( switch on the dash, next to the tach). My brother had a ’58, 100-6, with a ’64, 3000 engine back in the early 70’s, just like this. It was a fun car, and beat everybody off the line in the “stoplight drags”. We buried the speedo once ( for a very short time, as it was shaking pretty bad). A few days after my brother got his draft notice, he was driving the car, when someone pulled out in front of him, he mashed the brakes, the LF grabbed before the right side, the car spun around, and mowed over a traffic island, folding both right side wire wheels under, took out the right rocker panel, broke the rear axle housing, and, of course, took out the exhaust ( which, was a common occurrence anyway, as it sat so low. Going into the Army, he didn’t have time to fix it, and sold it for parts for $150.

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