Austin-Healey Roadster - today's tempter

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Healey founder Donald Healey had a remarkable start to his career. In a feature on one of his creations, we noted: "Healey volunteered with the Royal Flying Corps when WWI began at the ripe old age of 16. Following the war he began learning motor skills at his father’s shop in Cornwall.

"Soon he was entering every rally he could with his 832cc Triumph Super Seven. He entered the 1929 Monte Carlo rally for the first time in 1929, got lost and was disqualified.

"The next year he returned – and finished seventh. A year after that he won outright."

See the story here.

Of his numerous creations, the 'big engine" Austin-Healeys are among the most prized, shoe-horning a circa three-litre six intended for a bigger car into a two-seater roadster.

That was a pattern that brought enormous success across the decades, and remains popular in classic car competition.

This 1963 model is a Mk2 3000, a manual overdrive, and is being sold out of NSW (a little north of Sydney) with a roadworthy certificate. It's priced at $85,000.

 

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