The annual Keels and Wheels Auction in Seabrook, Texas represents one of the best second-tier events in the country and for the second year in a row has included an auction in conjunction with the festivities on the lawn and water.
Motostalgia offered a good variety of selections to choose from and as is becoming the norm, there were several affordable level British sports cars on hand at this year’s Seabrook Concours.
(HBT7L-6048) The 1960 Austin Healey 3000 MKI was advertised as a BN7 but it was most definitely a four-seat BT7 that achieved a very strong $71,500 given the level of its restoration and the wide availability of more desirable alternatives. There was no arguing that the chrome wire wheels added greater eye appeal than would have the standard painted spokes and the paint was finished to a very good – but not flawless standard. All told it was likely a fair result for both parties but given that Big Healeys have receded from their six-figure high water mark of several years ago it falls on the well sold side of the ledger.
(TS/64559-L) The same, however, cannot be said for the 1960 Triumph TR3A which sold for a surprising $41,800. The car was subject to an older restoration and although it was holding up well, it was not in concours condition but what was there was correct and well presented. Perhaps it was the relatively rare color scheme of black over red or maybe it was that the crowd was in the mood for something from England that was on the affordable side of the spectrum. Whatever the reason, it was well sold at the price.
(3032) The Nash-Healey Le Mans coupe represented something altogether different as it was a relatively shabby example that presented ample evidence of both use and abuse. There was a great deal of cracking in the paint and the use of bond during its previous restoration was plainly visible. The rubber was dry and cracked and the trim was well scratched and worn. Given all those faults the price paid here was high as the cost to remedy the visible (and invisible defects) would have bought you a much nicer car. Very well sold at $62,000.
All images courtesy of Motostalgia.