In 1952, Donald Healey introduced what was to be the most famous car bearing his own name, the Austin-Healey 100.
It all started with a joint venture between the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and the Donald Healey Motor Company to develop the Austin-Healey British sports car.
The Austin Healey 100-6 is a two-seater roadster that was produced from 1956 to 1959 that was a replacement for the Austin-Healey 100, which was then followed by the 3000.
The Healey 100 survived 15 years in three distinct incarnations, with changes and alterations made along the way.
The existing chassis required an update on the new cars, which were designed by A.C. Sampietro during the war.
In this time, the three of these cars were the most popular of the Austin-Healey’s models.
Due to their success, the three models together were commonly referred to as the ‘Big Healeys’ in the late 50s.
An original two-seater, race setup, street legal 1953-1955 Austin-Healey 100S was sold by Bonhams in December 2011 for $1,332,900.
The Healey 3000’s have a broad history as they raced in most major circuits around the world.
Austin-Healey was extensively raced by Donald Healey Motor Company in Europe at Le Mans and in Sebring in the U.S.