Friday, November 13, 2009

1960 Austin Healey 3000 MK I

This is kind of amusing... The title of this eBay listing states "1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Music pedigree-former owner!" I've been in the music industry in one form or another for all of my adult life, so that caught my attention.

It turns out the owner of this car was Phil Walden. Walden is legendary in the music world. He founded Capricorn Records and discovered bands such as the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, 311, Widespread Panic, The Dixie Dregs, Cake, and many others. Even my pals, The Swinging Steaks, released their major label debut on Capricorn. He was a major force in the music industry for awhile, that's for sure, but how many people know his name? And, really, is that a selling point when it comes to this Healey?

In its day, a Healey 3000 was a step up from an MG or Triumph and a step below a Jaguar in the British sports car pecking order. Prices now are close to E-Types and 4 or 5 times the price of an immaculate MGB.

Healeys like this generally sell for between $35,000 and $60,000, so the seller is not adding a "premium" for it being once owned by Phil Walden (which would have been ridiculous).

It doesn't matter who owned it, this appears to be a nice old Austin Healey 3000. According to the seller it has been completely restored, and there's no reason to doubt that.

Phil Walden probably didn't tuck this car away and just take it to shows. He most likely drove the hell out of it. You should, too. Find a copy of the Allman Brothers "At Fillmore East", put the top down and take a drive through the south. For a little while you'll feel like a record executive, circa 1971.

Located in Barnesville, GA, find the eBay listing here.

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