No, none of your children are going to get it. The Idaho British Car Club
is going to put you in it and heft it on our shoulders and to the mournful
tunes of the pipes carry you both out to the back lot of Barger Matson
wrecking yard and put you to rest. Beer may be involved.
With greatest respect,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave & M" <email@example.com>
To: "Patton Dickson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "tom felts" <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 8:37 AM
Subject: Re: Value insanity?
> Hi Guys,
> Maybe second childhood?
> In 1959 I bought a fairly new low mileage BN2 for $1,700. We really
> enjoyed it for a few years. When a couple of children came along, the
> Healey had to go in 1965. Sold it for $2,000 with V8 conversion which I
> now regret putting into it.
> In the intervening years I played with a Chrysler 300D, a Mercury
> Cyclone GT, a Mustang, & several transportation cars. Always missed the
> Healey though.
> Delayed mid-life crisis?
> Fast forward 37 years. Decided I had to have a BN2 again. After much
> searching, found a very solid, no rust BN2 with well restored body,
> paint, & chassis for $24,000. Kind of high, but the lack of rust was a
> premium I was willing to pay for. Same color as the original car. Put
> another $25,000 plus into finishing the body & interior details, drive
> train, running gear, interior. Have more $ into it than I could possibly
> get out, but the fun of working on it & driving my youthful dream is
> My "old age" makes the car noticeably less comfortable than I
> "remembered in the early days" but I will hack it for a few more years.
> 10 hour days in blistering sun & wind or rain, is just no fun anymore.
> Even stooped to putting a semi-permanent hardtop on it which increased
> the comfort level tremendously. Wife likes it much better also. Doubt if
> I'll ever remove the hardtop. Young hearts in old bodies & old cars.
> My two sons-in-law & grandsons have absolutely no interest in the car,
> grandaughter thinks it's cute but I don't trust her near it.
> Fortunately, my insurance prohibits any driver with less than 10 years
> driving experience. It's unknown what I'll do with it later on -
> whenever that is. When that time comes, I would obviously like it to go
> to someone who really appreciates it & will treat it carefully. Likely
> won't have much choice though. Probably one of the kids will get it.
> Dave Russell