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Austin-Healey 100 (1953 - 1956)

Last updated 19 March 2013

 
4
Good to drive, better to look at, excellent to drive, a proper 'English' sports car
Limited weather protection, unrestored cars will cost big money to get pristine
14,634
were produced
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Introduction

The Healey 100 first appeared at the 1952 London Motow Show. It was an appealing little car that that caught the eye of BMC boss Leonard Lord. And just like that, the Healey 100 becaame the Austin-Healey 100 overnight as Lord liked it enough to offer to build it.

The timeless, low-slung looks hid running gear plucked from the Austin parts bin, including the four-cylinder 2660cc engine from the A90 Atlantic. It was rorty, honest and - most importantly - fast, and just as Lord predicted, the Healey 100 became an instant overnight success. The USA took the 100 to its heart, and the car was also a substantial success there, boosting BMC's exports and profitability usefully.

And today, it's an enduringly appealing sports car that continues to win new friends.

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