austin healey as my next car?

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  1. NeerajC

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    i was thinking of getting a "new" car and really like the clean lines of the 1960's austin healeys.

    any fellow htf'ers have any opinions/experiences with this car?

    thanks,
    o2bwln
     
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    [gypsy]Beware the Brittish electrical systems[/gypsy]
     
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    Are you talking about the big Healeys or the little (Sprite) Healeys?
    Are you interested in concourse, or just a good driver?
    A new plastic-insulated wiring harness with real crimped connectors will drop you out of concourse judging, but will make for a fairly reliable car. I drove my 1959 Bugeye for a decade without any electrical problems this way.

    Join the club FIRST before shopping for a car. All the good cars are sold member-to-member. Healey people dont' want to see their "baby" go to some speculator. www.healey.org/index.shtml It's a great club with a lot of elan and a very good monthly magazine.
     
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    thanks for the replies guys.

    im down here in Atlanta and really haven't seen too many healeys around here.
     
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    That's sure not a vehicle I'd want as a daily commuter. I've owned pre 60 British cars and they're a lot of fun to drive but you also have to be prepared to do a lot of maintenance and repairs. Nice to have a drip pan in your garage or driveway too. [​IMG]

    Mort
     
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    thanks for all the feedback i really do appreciate it.

    i do want something unique, i'm just not impressed with what im seeing in the showrooms these days. i've really just started to look into this so im still doing my research.

    another option would be to get a 'kit car' so i might look more into that.
     
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    First place I'd look would be your state motor vehicle department to find out what's involved with even getting it registered. Second stop would be my insurance company....coverage for physical damage may not even be available (at anything close to a reasonable cost anyway)

    Mort (who suspects that NeerajC might have some sadistic and/or masochistic tendencies [​IMG] )
     
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    Then you should consider a Cobra.

    I would look no more.

    Good luck,
    Bill
     
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    Custom chopper perhaps? They cost even more and break-down twice as much! Such a deal! [​IMG]
     
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    not as a DD. I'd look at something like the attack. it's based around a honda engine, looks nice, handles OK, not sure about acceleration.

    I believe this place deals in the kits as well as turnkey cars, but I don't really follow the kits.

    http://www.venomracing.net/

    I own an old audi beater, I think it's on par with a brit as far as electrical gremlins, just more circuits and crappy wiring to filter through [​IMG] the current toy is a V8 FC RX-7, an LS1 powered FD would make a nice DD if you feel like a little work.
     
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    i do have masochistic tendencies; im a jeep freak so i'm used to modifying a perfectly normal vehicle into something even better [​IMG]

    thanks for like to venom racing, i checked it out but the don't seem to sell the attack anymore. it is a very nice ride. i think i will definately look into state regulations and insurance quotes before i go anyfurther.

    thanks again for all your responses
     
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    well shit.

    Ok, here's a forum dedicated to the attack, the good, the bad, and the ugly appears to be there
    http://www.attackforums.com/

    good luck on your quest, keep us posted!
    Just picked up a new project car last week so I'm having a blast and pulling my hair out all at once. Cash, meet project, project, this is cash, you know you're just going to burn it all anyway so lets just get it over with.
     

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