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1960 3000 MK I Historic Racer Sold for a Song

dougie

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I was quite sorry to see the final hammer price on this historically important big Healey racer, $58,480. I first saw this car back in 1987 at Portland's ABFM when the Austin Healey was the feature marque. Fellow Oregonian Bill Bolton owned this car for decades buying it directly from Geoff Healey as I recall. Known as the Healey "Can-Am", # 171 took Grant Clark to the Canadian Racing Drivers Association champions in 1960 winning 5 out of 5 races against much more power cars such as the Chevy Corvette .

This car is profiled in Bill Emerson's book, "The Complete Healey Book", pages # 142-143. Bill Bolton sold it a few years back to be placed in the now defunked Healey Museum. While in Bill's care in was "untouched" and kept as raced in the period. It now appears to have been molested some what and the bidders at the RM auction in London, UK didn't appear to appreciate this Canadian champ.

I missed out on another..........

https://www.supercars.net/Pics?viewCarPic...&pID=998580
 

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Although this car does seem to have been messed about with in its 'restoration' that does seem to be very good price for whoever bought it.

The 57 FAC number plate issue is just confusing the issue as this was not one of the Sebring cars.
 
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This was by far the steal of the auction. I wonder if the winning bidder wore a mask. Here's the complete history on # 171. This is the cheapest entry you'll ever see to Goodwood or Monterey Historics.

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C229969?pt=pf
 

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sorry guys but I always thought that what something is worth is defined by what someone is willing to pay for it. Car was well advertised and within a country that is well schooled in the marque, seems like a fair market price. My collection of Sounds of Sebring LPs are amongst my most "valuable" possessions, real interviews with Fangio, dePortago etc. etc., they go for $5.00 on ebay.
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