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Those Were the Days

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From "Chatter" December,1996:

Healeys on the Way Up

Reporting in AutoWeek (November 11, 1996) Keith Martin cites some "third quarter movers" in price. Included are fully restored 1953-1956 Austin-Healey 100s and 1959-1967 3000 roadsters. According to Martin, they've gone from $25,000 to $35,000 in a year. He also states that users, not speculators, are driving the collectible car market.

Noted were two Healeys that sold at the Cole sale last August. A 1956 100M, restored to a high standard, brought $34,450 - a big jump from the mid-$20,000 range in which such cars have been trading. The other, a '67 BJ8 which had been restored to a "concours level" some years ago, but was starting the inevitable downward slide through use, sold for $24,380.
 

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And I thought people were crazy then for paying such high prices. Healey market has slowed down or maybe peaked. So many out there for sale now now. With that said, one just sold last week at BJ for $104.
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And I thought I paid a lot for my car; forty-two hundred dollars ($4200.00)! Although it was then twenty-one (21) years old, it had just gone through a mechanical overhaul and had fresh silver paint and a new vinyl (probably Amco) interior and carpets.

The Healeys seemed to go from being $4k cars to $40k after Black Monday (October 19, 1987) and then hiked again Friday the Thirteenth (October 13, 1989). I know a lot of Healey owners were selling off their cars__even as piles of parts with bent/damaged chassis__when the speculators invaded the car hobby. I didn't shed a tear when that bubble burst!

In other Healey news, I met Mr Gerry Coker and his wife Miss Marion yesterday at the annual all British car show in Safety Harbor. Austin-Healey was the featured marque this year, and Mr. Coker designed the logo for the poster (selling signed copies) which was also used for the t-shirts and award trophies. Big thanks to the Tampa Bay Austin-Healey Club for producing the show, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. For souvenirs, I bought one of the posters and received a t-shirt in the registration package, but the best was having Mr. Coker autograph the inside of my trunk lid. Oh, and I was also awarded First Place in the 100/6 category!
 

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Can you post the poster or a link to?
 
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Can you post the poster or a link to?
I'll make an effort to get a picture of the poster, but this is the same drawing used for the awards (I'm already getting pangs of guilt for highjacking Rick's thread, but I didn't want to make a big deal out of Saturday's turn of events__even though I AM particularly excited about it :excitement: ).

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"I'm already getting pangs of guilt for highjacking Rick's thread"

I'll bet he doesn't mind, in this case. Congratulations!! :encouragement:

Someday, I hope to build a car nice enough for others to appreciate. Jim
 

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Congratulations Randy!

I paid $340.00 for my BJ7 around 1972. My BJ7 isn't the highest valued model, and a ten year old car is probably at the bottom of the value curve. It was a decent daily driver at the time for salty NYS. Don't ask me how much I've spent over the past couple of years making it "better than new." I'd have to lie about that.:uncomfortableness:
 

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I'll make an effort to get a picture of the poster, but this is the same drawing used for the awards (I'm already getting pangs of guilt for highjacking Rick's thread, but I didn't want to make a big deal out of Saturday's turn of events__even though I AM particularly excited about it :excitement: ).

No worries at all, Randy. I'm very happy for your win and always enjoy reading when one of our forum family does well. And we're really fortunate that Gerry Coker is still with us and sharing his art. Another vote for posting a picture of the poster.
 
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