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Andy Jones and his BJ7
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Austin-Healey 3000, MK II BJ7
I got my car in 1977, kind of a College Graduation Present to myself. After-all, I had worked part-time through-out college & had banked a whopping $3000 by graduation.
Starting to work full time directly after College; I had never seen or heard of an Austin-Healey, but I knew I was going to have a weekly paycheque.
Coming from Windsor Ont., (once the Automotive Capital of Canada) virtually everyone in my family worked for one of the Big-3 automakers. Taking a different path, I worked for a local Engineering Firm, but we did plenty of work for the Big-3 in their production plants … so naturally, cars were in my DNA. On coffee breaks we would mill about, talking cars, reading the latest auto magazines & dreaming what car should be coming home with us.
Well; the break room also had stacks of older magazines, & this is where I found “that” June issue of Road & Track, circa 1976. It had a feature article “Austin-Healey Used Car Classic”. One look at that car & I was bitten. Sure we loved our Mustangs, Camaro’s, Barracuda’s etc… & with my parents being “off-the-boat” from the UK, I also appreciated the Morgan’s, Lotus’, Triumph’s, etc. But that Healey!!! I had either never seen one before or noticed one before; Of course it wasn’t the traditional Detroit iron we were used to seeing, but now I needed to have one.
But wait; being the fiscally responsible kid that I was, I checked-in with the family Financial Advisor to see what I could afford. After getting information on financial planning for my future with my life savings of $3000… all he could say was “how old are you” - “Isn’t there anything you would prefer to do with your money before you settle-in for a life time of saving plans” - “Like travel or buying sometime?” Wwwell; I didn’t waste any time telling him about the Austin-Healey I had seen in that magazine. I probably filled an hour of his day telling him in great detail about the car. And then after all that He could only say “you better go find one”.
Caricature by John Swann