15k: V8 Power: 1956 Austin Healey 100

What is it about classic British sports cars that brings out the Chevy V8 hammer mechanics?  It is as if every British car from the 50s/60s has a picture of Anna Kendrick painted on the side and suddenly leering drunks jump out of the bushes and start planning V8 swaps.  It wouldn’t be bad if the swaps ended in a worked monster of a Corvette beater, but they almost inevitably end up in tears, crushed dreams and rust.  Like this 1956 Austin Healey 100 currently bidding for $15,101 in Easthampton, MA with 4 days to go on ebay.

This thing looks scary….the picture above shows that at least its got a grill and radiator in it, but the exterior condition can best be described as “needs work.”  To say the rear fenders and brake vents looks interesting, is the highest compliment we can cough up.

The original 2.6 liter inline-4 has been replaced with a 327 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 from a Corvette.  This 327 was supposedly a fuelie, but is now fed via a massive set of dual carbs which would have been rated at around 365 horsepower from the factory.  The owner says he awakened if from a 20 year slumber and managed to drive it recently, but the fuel filter clogged after a few miles.

The inside is full of more scary stuff, in the form of a partially gutted interior and an odd looking shifter level that seems to compensate for the offset linkage. It likely won’t be a problem, because in this car you’ll probably die the first time you drive it before you have a chance to shift into second gear.

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