1952 Austin Healey 100 - next ››
As most enthusiasts will tell you, the Healey 100 was first
displayed at the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show in England, and
that a deal was struck with Len Lord from Austin to build the
car as the Austin Healey 100. Part of this arrangement was that
The Donald Healey Motor Company would build a number of cars
at it's Warwick works before before Austin took over the task
of volume production. Chassis 138031, body number 24 is the
first production Austin Healey 100 to be produced at Austin's
Longbridge works. This Significant Vehicle in the Ancestry of
the of Austin Healey vehicle range is now owned by Blair
Harber from Canada, and is undergoing sympathetic restoration,
with due care to the vehicles original specifications. The following
web pages will document the restoration from start to finnish
and Culminated ( hopefully ) with the vehicle being presented
for display at the Open Road 2002 meet at Lake Tahoe in the
Donald 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 the general publics 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.
A more powerful version of the car was launched in 1959, the
The original ‘big Healey’ was the Healey 100 with a 2.6 litre
Although Austin-Healeys were built in Great Britain, they
were designed to appeal to Americans-in fact, Austin-Healey
exported 89 percent of their cars to the United States. Among
these automobiles, the 100 and 3000 Series-or “Big Healeys”-produced
from 1953 through 1968 were the fastest and most glamorous.
In 1972 Austin-Healey ceased building cars, However Healey’s
name lived on with the Jensen-Healey, and Sprite parts were
still to be used in the MG Midget.
Austin Healey “Frog Eyed Sprite” (above picture)
In 1958 the Sprite was released, the much-loved “Frog-Eyed-Sprite”,
have enthusiasts spread around the globe. The headlights were
originally intended to be retractable, but due to the costs
involved the idea was shelved, and they were just bolted to
the bonnet! A good job too, I think. The public sure liked the
car, because the company sold almost 40,000 units.