In her 1995 hit “Ironic,” singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette laments the bits of cosmic irony that surround life, singing about moments such as “a traffic jam when you’re already late,” or “a death row pardon two minutes too late.” All of us have experienced ironic twists in our lives; in fact, what would life be without them? In many cases, the cosmic irony of a situation escapes us in the moment, and we don’t even know the full import of what has transpired until we look back — hindsight vision is always 20/20 (ironically).
Today’s seller relates a story in his listing that brings this theme to light. He is selling his car, by all accounts a perfect example of a restored Austin Healey 100-6. So, why would someone sell something so precious and obviously dear? The seller relates his reason:
“To begin with, I would like to answer an obvious question-If this car is as great as I say it is, why am I selling it? One year into my ownership of the car I was diagnosed with cancer and suffered through over a year of intense treatment. The permanent damage the cancer did to my back prevents me from driving a manual transmission, or a car that I have to bend over to get in or out of. The money from this sale will go directly to pay off my medical bills, and hopefully save our house.”
Today’s remarkable find is the car being sold, this stunning 1958 Austin Healey BN6 100-6:
Rarely do we see such a gorgeous car up for auction. The seller says this is a complete frame-off restoration by the previous owner. According to the seller, “the previous owner was a huge fan of the look and performance of the early works rally cars, such as the one driven by Pat Ross in the 1960 LIEGE-ROME-LIEGE rally, his goal was to duplicate the look and performance of these early cars using modern suspension and performance parts, and have a car built that could be driven anywhere in total comfort and safety.”
The restoration appears to be an unqualified success, although we caution prospective buyers to ask lots of questions about the mechanical state of the car, or any other concerns they might have. But take a moment to appreciate the seller’s personal opinion — there is much to learn about the experience of driving the car from his description in the listing:
“The car is a joy to drive, and when you start it you are treated to the deep throated sound of the Big Healey Six, now bored to 3 liters. The distinctive hiss of the 2″ SUs add to a mechanical symphony that begs you for the feel of the open road.”
Then the seller leaves us with this thought about the car:
“When I was in isolation for a month in the hospital, I dreamed every day of taking the car up Hwy 1, the wind in my hair, no monitors, no chemo, no doctors, just the sounds and feelings of this car, going up & down through the gears. It gave me hope when I needed it the most.”
Thank you to seller tessarosa55 for sharing this story with us, and using eBay as the marketplace to sell this car. We wish you well, and hope that the car sells quickly.