Austin Healey took off as a partnership in 1952 between Leonard Lord who used to work at the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and the Donald Healey Motor Company, a distinguished automotive engineering and design firm. According to the partnership agreement between the two parties, the company was to produce cars for period of 20 years and true to the agreement, Austin Healey ceased making cars in 1972 after the 20 years period elapsed.
Earlier on, Donald Healey had left the company in 1968 when British Motor Holdings was merged into British Leyland. He joined Jensen Motors, another well established firm that were in charge of making bodies for the “Big Healeys” since their formation in 1952. He rose to become the chairman of Jensen Motors in 1972. Throughout the production time, Austin Healey concentrated on sports cars. Below is a look at two of their most popular models to date:
The Austin Healey 3000
The Austin Healey 3000 is arguably one the most loved classic British sports car of all time. It was an instant hit with many car lovers when it first got into the market in 1959. The 3000 was one of the few cars to attain a classic status while still in production. This model particularity performed well in many rallies and circuits since its introduction. The car’s body was made by Jensen Motors while the assembly took place at BMC Abingdon factory. The Austin Healey 3000 was meant to replace the 100/6 and came with a host of new improvements and features such as a bigger 2912 cc engine capacity, adjustable front seats, front disc brakes and wire wheels as standard. A better model named the Mk II was launched in 1961. This model came with three S.U carburetors an improved engine with 132 bhp. The last version of the 3000, the Mk III was introduced in 1964. With an higher engine power, improved rear suspension, a more chic interior and servo assisted brakes, the Mk III was poised to take the sports car market by storm and went on to become the most famous 3000 model.
The Austin Healey Sprite Mk 1
The Mk 1 was launched in 1958 as a pocket friendly and economical sports car. It was sold for 669 Sterling Pounds which was cheaper than a Morris Minor at that time. The Mk 1 ran on the A series BMC engine and the Austin A35 gear. The headlights were mounted above the bonnet to be in tandem with lighting regulations which led the car being nicknamed as the Frogeye Sprite. The Sprite boasted of incredible road-holding ability and its performance was relatively good compared to other cars in its class. The Sprite’s production came to an end in 1961 when the Mk II was introduced into the market.
The Austin Healey models were popular thanks to their well thought out features and design. Quite a good number of their models were sold beyond Britain’s borders. For Austin Healey owners residing in Sydney, getting an Austin Healey car battery is as simple as dialling 1300 468 931. Not only will you get a competitive quote but you will get the battery replaced sooner than you expect it.
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