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1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 "Goldie" Up for Auction!

Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 10:00am
Get your checkbooks ready (Yes, "cheque books" in the UK). Austin-Healey 100-6 "Goldie" on auction at RM Sotherbys tonight from 7pm EST but the car has an interesting history...
 
Austin-Healey 100/6 "Goldie" up for auction.
 
Pepper Yandell © 2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 "Goldie" Up for Auction!

If you have a penchant for shiny things and half a million US Dollars to spend, then this 24-Karat gold-plated 1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 up for auction in New York City tonight from 7:00pm EST might just be the perfect Christmas present with which to treat yourself.

 
Flat Chat - Austin Healey Owners Club Newsletter
 
Pepper Yandell © 2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

This unique Austin-Healey has its place in history, not only for its lavish appearance but as the big hit car that dominated the floor at the October 1958 London Motor Show at Earls Court.

Donald Healey's Public Relations Manager, Ken Gregory proposed the idea of a radically outfitted Austin-Healey to outshine the competition at the London Motor Show. Donald Healey was initially reluctant to go ahead with the project due to the high costs but Gregory's persistence changed his mind - as well as providing a buyer to commit to purchasing the car.

 
 

The car - valued at £4,000 at the time (approximate £86,000 in today's money) - was sold to the Daily Express newspaper who offered the Healey as a grand prize in a contest; the winner of which apparently sold the car shortly thereafter.

 
Gold-plated brightwork and ivory paint
 
Pepper Yandell © 2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

After passing through a number of owners, the car was eventually purchased in 1983 by Bruce and Inan Phillips from Healey Surgeons in the USA who gave it the apt name "Goldie," however the car wasn't in great condition.

 
"Goldie@quot; before restoration
 
Photo courteousy of Inan Phillips, Healey Surgeons

Bruce and Inan began work to restore the Healey to its former glory with a showroom finish; ready for the Healey Club show in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 
Restoring the interior trim
 
Photo courteousy of Inan Phillips, Healey Surgeons

A.H. Spares was also involved in the restoration; we re-plated some of the larger pieces in gold including the wing beadings, bumpers and windscreen frame!

 
Gold-plated brightwork and ivory paint
 
Pepper Yandell © 2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

The Healey was shown at various gatherings in the US and Canada before being reunited with Donald Healey himself. The car was eventually sold to the current owner.

Under the current caretaker, "Goldie" underwent fresh restoration work before being shown at the 2012 Concours d’Elegance of Texas.

 
Gold-plated brightwork and ivory paint
 
Pepper Yandell © 2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

"Goldie" is up for auction at RM Sotherby's in New York City tonight from 7:00pm EST for between $350,000 and $550,000 without reserve.

The exhibition is open to the general public from 10:00am until 5:00pm EST. Admission to the auction is for registered bidders only so you will need to register to bid if you fancy a chance at owning some historic opulence but be prepared to dig deep.

 
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