John Bennett

I’ve owned my 1959 Austin Healey 3000 since 1990, when I bought it as a bit of a wreck, although not a rusty one. I had the bodywork stripped, dents repaired and treated it to a re-spray by a classic car specialist. I then, with the help of a friend , rebuilt the mechanical parts over a period of six years as and when I had time and spare cash to complete the job. After 24 years it’s now one of the family. The longest trip it’s undertaken since has been through France, Belgium and on to Luxemburg. In the last 2 years we’ve taken it to France and Ireland.

The second car is a 1959 Austin Healey Sprite, which came back from the USA having been stripped for racing. Again with the help of my friend Geoff Crowther, the car was completely taken apart, repaired as necessary, given a re-spray and rebuilt. This was completed in 2003. It won best convertible in show at that years Footman James Classic show at Cristal Palace and broke down twice on the return journey. It’s not on the road at the moment, because it sticks in first gear – hopefully I might get it on the road again soon.

A very nice couple cars, we thank you for your input to the Boys and Their Toys

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