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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">Dick POWELL</span></span>

    Clark Kent, played by George Reeves, drove a 1953 Nash-Healey roadster in four episodes of the American 1950s television series Adventures of Superman. Dick Powell owned the car.
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    Re: Celebrity Healeys

    Rick,

    This is a great thread- thanks for starting it!

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    Re: Celebrity Healeys

    Slide to 10:40 in this video and check out the cars:

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    Re: Celebrity Healeys

    Quote Originally Posted by aeronca65t
    Slide to 10:40 in this video and check out the cars:
    Nice bugeye. Of course as "Harry O", David Janssen drove probably the most famous Sprite on U.S. television:



    I couldn't find anything that would indicate he actually owned a Healey, though.
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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">L. Ron HUBBARD</span></span>

    Quite few of us knew where Ron was from 1977 and 1986, Dunedin Fl. then moving to "Over the Rainbow" located in the desert a few miles from where the Int Base is now in La Quinta then moving to his Ranch further north near San Luis Obisbo. However, occasionally he'd drive his Austin-Healey to Los Angeles or drive down the I-10 east to Clearwater Fl. in Blue Bird and park in the FH parking lot while personally inspecting folders of those on Solo NOTs. Occasionally taking the long way home so he could do his own solo auditing an research on the way back.

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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">George JUNG</span></span> cocaine dealer from "Blow"

    Shortly afterward he and George took a couple of girls out in a little cherry red Austin-Healey George had bought from extra money digging clams off Wessagussett Beach. With everyone drunk as usual, Malcom totalled the car by driving it four-square into the rear end of a parked vehicle outside a house in downtown Worcester.

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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">Paul ANKA</span></span>

    - He was a musical Duddy Kravitz, that Anka boy, always on the hustle. At 14 he stole his mom's Austin Healey to cross the bridge from Ottawa to Hull, Quebec, where he could enter a cabaret singing contest. He won. Coming back over to Ottawa he blew out the clutch and was sitting there in the snow wondering what to do when a cop drove up behind him. His dad was some kind of furious and wanted to put the little rocker in reform school.

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    I checked out Jed Potter - it looks like he drove a Jag XK120.

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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">Kevin BACON</span></span>

    He still wishes he owned the 1961 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite he bought soon after his success with Footloose...

    http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/publ...;bl=&amp;pf=all
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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">Mort SAHL</span></span>

    Imagine what that test/demo drive was like. Ken Miles driving an early 427 side-oiler Cobra on skinny Blue Dots. I would bet that Sahl knew he was watching the master. The caption to the original photo noted that Sahl had more than one Cobra. I have a couple of Sahl's early c1959-60 albums and on one he talks about getting a ticket on the Hollywood Freeway in his Austin Healey. He was a sports car enthusiast for sure.

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    Re: Celebrity Healeys

    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">Archie MOORE</span></span>



    The unique 1953 Nash-Healey presented here "as found" was owned for over 40 years by Archie Moore, undefeated light heavyweight World Boxing Champion of the 1950s, until the time of his passing at the age of 85 in 1998.
    The Roadster body was hand built by (Pinin) Farina in Italy, fitted with Le Mans racing-derived suspension and Nash mechanicals at Donald Healey's factory in England, and finally shipped to the USA.
    A labor of love, fewer than 125 Nash-Healey Roadsters were ever completed. More expensive than Jaguar XK120 or Chevrolet Corvette, many were owned by celebrities, quite a few were raced competitively throughout the 1950s.
    This particular example is one of three cars mildly customized by George and Sam Barris for Moore; just by toning down the Nash-prescribed chrome trim, the Barris Bros. realized a look that was more in line with Farina's masterpiece, the Cisitalia 202 of 1947.

    http://www.californiaclassix.com/arc...sh-Healey.html
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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">Ross ANDRU</span></span> comic book artist, "Spiderman", "Wonderwoman"

    Prof: Okay. I saw where you socialized with Ross Andru a bit.

    RH: We became quite good friends, having lunch together about once a week. Sometimes his wife would come out with him or a couple of other guys or I'd have whatever current girlfriend to go at the time. We'd hunt down Chinese restaurants, which were a favorite.

    Prof: What was Ross like?

    RH: A real nice guy. Very nice. I got along great with him. When I went on vacation from Chicago I called him and said I'm bringing my girlfriend with me and we're driving to New York, then we're going to catch a plane down to the island in the Caribbean and I'd need a place to leave my car when I get to New York, so I parked on his side yard, (Chuckle.) Nine weeks.

    Prof: That's a true friend there.

    RH: Yeah. He had a neat little sports car. It was an Austin-Healey

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    Re: Celebrity Healeys

    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">Jason PRIESTLY</span></span>

    C24: In Call Me Fitz you play a used car salesman. What's your favourite vintage car?
    Jason: My favorite vintage car was my Austin Healey 3000 MK III BJ8.

    http://www.channel24.co.za/TV/Articl...rview-20110218
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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">John STEWART</span></span> Kingston Trio

    Stewart, a horse trainer's son, began to impersonating Elvis as a high schooler back in Pomona, Calif., did local gigs with the Furies, then embraced the late-'50s folk boom with the Cumberland Trio. When Dave Guard quit the Kingston Trio in 1961, Stewart stepped in at 21. He got a $500 weekly salary and was hardly wealthy when the Trio split six years later. But he recalls, "I lived a good life. I bought an Austin-Healey, married my high school sweetheart, had three kids and wasn't into drugs."

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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">Gorjus George LUCAS</span></span> caddy for Arnold Palmer and author of PGA yardage books

    WHEN I was a kid I dreamed about becoming a Tour player, but by the time I turned 24, in 1974, I still had a two handicap and I was managing the card room at the Barcelona Hotel in Miami Beach. That's when I decided to learn the game from inside the ropes, as a Tour caddie. So that June, I said goodbye to the Barcelona and drove my midnight-blue '66 Austin Healey 3000 to Firestone in Akron in the hope of picking up a bag at the now-defunct American Golf Classic.

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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000">Spencer HAYWOOD</span></span> NBA All Star

    Four years ago Spencer Haywood truly did not know what to do. That is when Will Robinson, the 57-year-old coach at Detroit's Pershing High, took him over. The least of what Robinson has provided for Haywood is a 1962 Austin Healey ("Not an automobile, a raggety mobile," says Haywood), his Christmas present this year

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    <span style="color: #FF0000"><span style="font-weight: bold">Steve MCQUEEN</span> </span> confirmation of post #819862

    Next, I bought an Austin-Healey, after I was married, and after that a Corvette. I shined the Corvette three times and drove it twice while my wife was working in Vegas as a dancer. Then I went back East for a job, and Neil, who was just learning how to drive, stuffed the Corvette into a used-car lot and came out with a Lincoln Continental. So that wiped out my Corvette.

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    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF99FF">Dr. Jonas SALK/Donna Mae MIMS</span></span>

    This is a two-fer. Donna Mae Mims, won the 1963 SCCA HP national championship in her "Think Pink" bugeye that was formerly owned by Dr. Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine:

    The story of the Donna Mae Mims
    "Think Pink" Sprite is a very
    interesting one. Not only was it
    Donna Mae's 1963 SCCA
    H-Production National
    Championship car. It also was
    the very first time the SCCA had
    crowned a female national champ.
    But that's not all. The original
    owner of the car was none other
    than Jonas Salk, inventor of the
    Salk vaccine for Polio. He used
    to drive the car around the
    University of Pittsburgh campus.

    http://www.autoarch.com/thinkpinksprite.html

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    Secretary of State John Kerry - Vietnam, anti-war protests, the rigor of politics were still years in the future. In 1963, John Kerry was just a college kid looking for adventure on a summer abroad. Traveling on better wheels than most, there were Kerry and a buddy exploring Europe in a low-slung Austin Healey, racing against an Alfa Romeo on the twisting road to Nice, chasing a Porsche across Italy. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/...-persona_x.htm
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    Last edited by HealeyRick; 08-13-2014 at 11:31 AM.
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