Here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a one-owner Big Healey with extremely low miles!
I purchased this car from the original owner who bought it new in 1966, in New York. He lived in Manhattan and Bronxville NY, and the car mostly sat in his garage for all it’s life. Recently, he brought the car to a very reputable repair shop and had a complete mechanical restoration performed, with all the perishable mechanicals restored (to the tune of about $8000!) and the car has a new fuel pump, new stainless steel exhaust system, carbs rebuilt, new water hoses, new battery, new hydraulic components, new brake booster, new front end bushings and more. The car drives exceptionally well and is ready to drive anywhere, even on the (perhaps original) bias ply tires. I would replace them, because they are pretty dried out, but they work and the car accelerates beautifully and brakes perfectly, just as you would expect from a Big Healey.
The car runs great, does not smoke, has excellent oil pressure and everything works except the tach which is reading too high and needs to be rebuilt (the combo gauge is new, as you can see from the scan of the last labor receipt, below). The cosmetics are perfect if you want to preserve the authenticity and story of this car. Or you could restore the interior and paint. There is no rust, and just some minor scaling on the passenger front fender bottom, which I have pictured. This is not serious, and has attacked only the paint, and would not be hard to repair or stabilize. There is one small area of rust in the corner of the trunk floor on the driver’s side (see picture number 67 below). This is very minor, we could weld in new sheet metal for about $600 if you so desire. The rest of the underside is excellent, with some scaling, but exceptionally solid metal in the floors, outriggers, rockers and throughout!
Take a drive in the video below!
Underneath you can see the results of thousands recently spent on service… new brake booster, new clutch slave, rear wheel cylinders, new stainless exhaust, new sway bar bushings, new front brake hoses, recored radiator and more!
The original owner told me he took the car to Vermont a few times for ski trips in the 60s (with a different date each time, said he never had any trouble getting anyone to say “yes!”) This is one of the more remarkable things he told me representative of how we all once lived… now, most people heading north on a ski weekend does so in a practically armored vehicle with four wheel drive. This rear wheel drive bias ply clad big healey with a ski rack clipped on the trunk made it to Vermont on several occasions… and no one thought there was anything odd about it!
This is a very wonderful car in a very desirable black and red color scheme. We routinely build cool cars for clients but we can’t make low mileage originals. As such, this is a rare collector car with verified original mileage that can not be replicated, and is sure to appreciate in the years to come! We now have all the maintenance receipts and they are posted in the photo gallery below. You can see the many items replaced, including brake booster, radiator recore, all hydraulic parts, combo gauge, etc, etc, all totaling more than $8k! Email if you are interested in owning this great car!