We have debated the whole AH swap thing before, but when BF reader Dolphin sent us a link to this V8 powered 1958 Austin-Healey, we couldn’t resist. It may seem wrong to shove a V8 into one of these desirable roadsters, but what if someone else already performed the evil deed? This Big Healey has been off the road since 1968 and supposedly had the swap done sometime in the sixties. It looks solid and the bidding starts at $3,900 here on eBay so it is worth a look. Thanks for the tip Dolphin! Read more »
Reader Carl F. was surfing his local Craigslist and stumbled across this listing for a collection of Triumph TR6s. The seller started buying TR6s as a hobby, but things got a bit out of hand and before long they had a number of cars and a ton of extra parts. It’s time to recover from their affliction, so they are cleaning out the barn and selling off all the extra cars and parts. Thanks go to Carl for this tip!
Lifting that garage door had to be an exciting event, and the rush only intensified as the tarp was pulled back to reveal a low mileage 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S. It was parked nearly 32 years ago and over the years has slowly disappeared under junk. Sadly, the roof of the garage had a leak, which dripped right onto the car. After clearing all the junk away from it and pulling it out, it is now being offered by Silverstone Auctions at the upcoming NEC Classic Motor Show in Birmingham, England. Thanks goes to Callum C. for the tip! Read more »
Robert J. has been on a roll lately. After sending in the $1k Porsche pair, he found these two 1974 Jensen-Healeys for $500. The Jensen-Healey may be even more unloved than front-engine Porsches, but we think they can still make fun drivers. It was engineered by some of the greatest names in British motoring. Jensen, Healey, and Lotus all had a hand in its creation. Unfortunately, the timing was all wrong so production only lasted about four years. This one supposedly ran when parked so hopefully it can be made to do so again without too much effort. The other car is included for parts. Looks like a great deal for a fun project. Take a look here on craigslist out of Glencoe, California. Thanks Robert! Read more »
People were already missing the big Healey when production ended in 1967, so MG took it upon themselves to build a replacement. They started with their tried and true MGB platform and shoved an inline-six under a bulged hood. A modern AH was born! Well, not quite. The larger engine weighed 350 pounds more than the standard four-cylinder so the balance was thrown off a bit. These MGCs were still great high-speed cruisers though and are quite rare today. This one was taken off the road in 1979 following a wreck, so it will most likely need a full restoration. The seller does have it running though and has listed it for sale here on craigslist for $1,500.
We have featured a few Eclats in the past, but never the car on which it was based. So when Robert J. sent in this Elite, we couldn’t resist. It may not be as beautiful or desirable as earlier cars, but it has seating for four and is still extremely lightweight. It does look rough, but the seller claims that the engine runs fine. Extensive cosmetic work will be needed, but with a $1,500 asking price, you can’t be too picky. Find it here on craigslist in Sacramento, California. Thanks goes to Robert for the submission!
Reader Guy L. recently tipped us off to what looks to be a promising barn find auction in Bridgeport, England. Not only are there a number of interesting cars being offered, but a large collection of vintage automobile memorabilia as well. The auction house, Busby Salerooms, doesn’t offer much information about where most of these cars were discovered, but obviously they weren’t all found in the same barn. The auction is scheduled to take place on October 19th at their salesroom in Bridgeport.
If the deformed TR3 from earlier was too much for you, then may we suggest this TR trio instead. These cars have been parked inside since the owner purchased them sometime around 1989. They are rough, but considering that small-mouthed Triumphs do not come along very often, we think they are worth a look. Find them here on eBay where they are being offered together as a package deal. Bidding is at $4,550 with no reserve. Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip!
Whether we are talking about people or cars, a poorly done facelift is never a good thing. Take Michael Jackson or this 1961 Triumph TR3A for an example of how wrong things can go. Thankfully, unlike the work done to MJ, the work done to this TR could be fixed or even undone. And on the upside, instead of looking alien, the restyle gives it some added character. David tipped us off to it and posed the challenge of figuring out what exactly was done to it and what the resulting look could be described as. Find it here on Craigslist in San Luis Obispo, California. Thanks to David for the tip!
The Lotus Europa may look more pickup than supercar, but all is forgiven once you get behind the wheel. It was intended to be a replacement for the driver focused Seven, so low-weight and perfect balance were necessities. This example from 1970 has seen a curve in a while, but we are hopeful that someone can rescue it. The sale includes boxes of parts and a rebuilt spare engine. It wont be an easy project but the post-restoration driving thrills should make it worth the effort. Find it here on eBay where bidding is at $2,247. Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip!