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Austin Healey

Austin Healey

Donald Healey’s varied career included being a garage proprietor and building radios in Perranporth, in his native Cornwall. He was very competitive in motorsport during the 1920s and early 1930s, and indeed won the 1931 Monte Carlo Rally in an Invicta. Healey worked for the defunct Riley company from 1933, and later was employed by both Triumph and Humber. The motor company bearing the now famous…

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Austin Healey 100/3000

Austin Healey 100/3000

RATING:

9 / 10

PRICE: £5000-£100,000+

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Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    100/4: 1952-56 100/6: 1956-59 3000 Mk I: 1959-61; 3000 Mk II: 1961-62 3000 Mk IIA: 1962-64; 3000 MkIII: 1964-67 (4000 prototypes ‘67-’68)
  • Bodywork:
    Two-seater and ‘two plus two open-top sports
  • Engine:
    (All in-line, overhead valve) 100/4: Four-cylinder 2660cc 90bhp 100M: 2660cc 110bhp; 100/6: Six-cylinder 2639cc 102bhp to November 1957 117bhp from November 1957 (4000 Rolls Princess-powered) 3000 Mk I 2912cc 124bhp Mk II 132bhp 3000 Mk III 148bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    100M: 9.5 sec; Others 10-12 sec
  • Top Speed:
    105 mph 3000 Mk III 120+ mph
  • MPG:
    17-28

PAST: One of the true greats, ‘Healey Hundred’ made its debut at the 1952 London Motor Show before being taken under the wing of BMC, and launched as the Austin Healey 100 (BN1 model). From late 1956 the Big Healeys used six-cylinder motors, the first example being the 2.6-litre 100 Six. From‘59 to its demise in ‘67 the engine became 2.9-litres, front disc brakes were standard, a 2+2 came on stream as did a 2+2 along with a plusher cabin
. PRESENT: Big and brutish, the Healey is a genuine old school sportster. ‘Six’ no quicker than the more agile, better handling ‘Four’. Only car that comes close thesedays is the TVR Chimaera!

FUTURE: No longer the poor mans’ XK as prices can match the Jag, especially 100M. Excellent spares and support and all cars are usually worth saving.

Jensen Healey GT

Jensen Healey GT

RATING:

6 / 10

PRICE: £1000-£6000

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    Jensen-Healey 1972-76; Jensen GT 1975-76
  • Bodywork:
    Two-door open sports two-door fixedhead (GT)
  • Engine:
    Twin overhead camshaft 16 valve in-line four-cylinder (Lotus) 1973cc144bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    8.5 sec
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph
  • MPG:
    20-25

PAST: Conceived as the totally all new modern replacement for the Big Healey, the Jensen was a clever amalgamation of Lotus, Vauxhall and Sunbeam parts all wrapped up in a Spitfire-like body when launched in 1972. Power came from the new Lotus 907 16v engine based on a Vauxhall block. Mk2 of ‘74 tidied up looks and tightened iffy build quality plus gained a five-speed gearbox. GT was plusher 2+2 Sports hatch (1975) but curtain finally fell on the car in 1976 – less than 11,500 were made.

PRESENT: A good performer in its day thanks to 144bhp and car was streets ahead of the MGB/TR6.Today, they still impress with their pace and handling if in good order but refinement was never that hot.

FUTURE: Cars are finally being valued properly and prices for good ones are rising, especially rarer (473 made) GT. Spares okay and full rest os now viable.

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