Austin-Healey was a brand of sports car. The marque was established through a joint venture arrangement set up in 1952 between Leonard Lord of the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation and Donald Healey, a renowned automotive engineer and designer.
Austin Healey H100 Earls Court 1952
Healey ran a small works company, producing only a small number of cars.
Healey showed a car at the Earls Court motor show in 1952 called the 100.
On seeing this car the general public's enthusiasm for the car, Austin
thought fit to produce the car at Longbridge. This car later went on to be
known as the Austin-Healey 100. This was the original ‘big
Healey’ with a 2.6 litre four-cylinder engine.
a properly restored model can fetch anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 at
auction, while a healthy aftermarket serves Austin-Healey enthusiasts who
can find a ready supply of project cars in the $5,000 to $10,000 range.
The body of the MkII 3000 was built by Jensen. Austin-Healey produced cars until 1972 when the 20-year agreement between Healey and Austin came to an end. Donald Healey left the company in 1968 when the British Motor Corporation (Austin had merged with Morris in 1952 to form BMC) was taken over by British Leyland.
Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite
A nice example with non-standard wheels
Donald Mitchell Healey (3 July 1898 – 13 January 1988) was a noted British rally driver, automobile engineer, and speed record holder.
Born in Perranporth, Cornwall, Healey became interested in all things mechanical at an early age, most particularly aircraft. After leaving school he joined Sopwith Aviation Company from where he volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and earned his "wings" in 1916. During the First World War, he served on anti-Zeppelin patrols and also as a flying instructor.
Shot down by British anti-aircraft fire on one of the first night bomber missions of the war, he was invalided out of the RFC at the age of 18. He returned to Cornwall and took a correspondence course in automobile engineering. After the war, he opened a garage in Perranporth.
In 1931, Donald Healey won the Monte Carlo Rally driving an Invicta. He gained a reputation as a consultant engineer and designer and was appointed General Manager of the Triumph Motor Company in 1931. He went on to create the renowned Southern Cross and Dolomite 8 models.
During the Second World War, Healey was in charge of developing an aircraft carburettor for the Ministry of Supply and also worked with Humber on armoured cars. In 1945, he formed the Donald Healey Motor Company Ltd, based in an old RAF hangar at Warwick. The company developed the Austin-Healey and Austin-Healey Sprite motor cars in licensing arrangement with British Motor Corporation in 1952 and 1959.
When BMC was taken over by British Leyland in 1966, Donald Healey became chairman of Jensen Cars and was made a CBE. Donald Healey died at the age of 89. In 1996, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Austin Healey with soft top
There were many production models of 'Big' Healeys
POINTS OF INTEREST
COMPETITION UK 2005
Healey Sport is the motor sport centre of the Austin Healey Club UK and coordinates the classic racing, rallying, sprint and hill climbing in the UK and Internationally. The major events organised include:
The Sprint and Hill Climb Challenge The 2005 challenge was a thirteen race series (sponsored by Rawles Motorsport and MPH Restorations) and was won overall by Pat Cooper in his much modified 100/6.
The series kicked off at Loton Park on Easter Monday (28th March) with a fantastic hill climb up through the deer park at Sir Michael Leighton's country home. The sprints were held at venues such as Goodwood, Curborough, Cornbury, Three Sisters and Anglesey and the hill climbs were held at Prescott, Shelsley Walsh, Harewood, Wiscombe Park and Gurston Down. Each venue challenged the Healey driver's skills and abilities. This series is open to any Healey driver with some or no motor sport experience and a car that is road standard or fully modified; half the races were handicapped to take into account the different abilities of the driver and their cars, so everyone had an opportunity to win a race. Although competitive, there is a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the thirty or so drivers who regularly compete. For more details click here (or click on 'Sprint and Hill Climb' on the starting grid above). The provisional 2006 calendar of events is now available by clicking on the 'Events' tab.
The UK Race Series The 2005 UK Race series (sponsored by Rawles Motorsport) was won by Drew Cameron in a Class D Speedwell Sprite.
The series included nine rounds between April and October at the UK's top venues, including Brands Hatch, Mallory Park, Donington Park and Oulton Park. This one make series is open to any Healey driver who wants to take part in full circuit racing, be it with a road standard or modified Big Healey or Sprite. For more details click here (or click on 'UK Racing' on the starting grid above). The 2006 calendar of events will be available on the site shortly.
COMPETITION INTERNATIONAL - 24 Heures du Mans Classic
The Le Mans 24 Hour Classic event is taking place on 7th, 8th and 9th July 2006.
Dutch Healey Competitions (DHC are the competitions arm of the Austin Healey Club NL) have entered a big Healey that will be driven by Rinus and Jaap Sinke and Hans Van der Kerkhof. DHC have also organised a travel and events package for the event which includes: entry to the circuit, one lap of the track in your Healey, hospitality tent with food and drinks, rally shield and polo shirts. To find out more about the package, go to their website www.dhc.nu and click on the Le Mans 2006 tab.
UK entrants to the Le Mans Classic include Mike Thorne in his Healey 100 and Hugo Holland-Bosworth and David Grace in their 3000's. Chris Clarkson may well be driving the ex John Chatham car DD 300 for its new owners. It is understood that no further entries are being accepted for the event.
The Third Historic Motorsport Show - HealeySport took a stand at the Third International Historic Motorsport Show on the three days from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February 2006 at the Stoneleigh Showground near Coventry.
Many Healey owners were attracted to the stand, partly to take a look at Mike Thorne's very smartly turned out 2005 Class winning Healey 100 (pictured right) but also to discuss how to take part in the Race or Sprint and Hill Climb series. As a result we anticipate seeing a few new faces next year.
Austin Healey clubs located worldwide. If you club is not listed, use the link at the bottom of the list to send us your club url or email address - all for classic British Austin Healeys.
Club USA (Publisher of Austin Healey Magazine)
Wide Austin Healeys
Tel:- 0044 (0)1892-783135
MORE USEFUL LINKS:
automobile-portal.com, links to all things car-related
Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon (inc Heritage Certificates)
Classic Car Restoration Courses at Further Education Colleges in England, Scotland and Wales
Leaded Petrol Finder from Bayford Thrust
BMRC (Austin Healey section)
Classic-Car-World is a unique Internet portal for the Classic Car enthusiast
All about spark plugs, from Century Performance Center
Some useful tips on cooling systems from Stewart Components
Healey Toy Factory, as featured in Revcounter May 2001
The MGA with an Attitude (tech help for common components) NEW!
The H100 Donald Healey and Leonard Lord- Earls Court 1952
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