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Austin Healey History

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History Of Austin Healey Sports Cars

1898: Donald Mitchell Healey (DMH) is born in Perranporth, Corwall, England.

1928: DMH wins first RAC Rally

1931: DMH wins Monte Carlo Rally

1945: Donald Healey Motor Company incorporated.

1948: Healey Silverstone roadsters and Healey Abbott & Elliot saloon cars produced.

1949: Donald healey meets George Romney of Nash on the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner
1949: DMH & Tommy Wisdom take Silverstone to 2nd/1st in class on Alpine Rally

1950: Silverstone wins production car race at Brands Hatch
1950: The Nash-Healey coupe and roadster cars are built

1951: DMH and son, Geoff, start designing and building 100 prototype.

1952: The Healey 100 is introduced at the Earl's Court Auto Show. Leonard Lord of Austin signs agreement with DMH to produce the 100 badged as an "Austin Healey." The first 20 Austin Healey cars are built at the Warwick plant

1953: First Longbridge Austin Healey 100 (BN1) is produced.
Production: 94 cars (8/1/52 - 7/31/53)

1958: The Austin Healey Sprite was released, the much-loved "Frog-Eyed-Sprite", has enthusiasts spread around the globe. The headlights were originally intended to be retractable, but due to the costs involved the idea was shelved, and they were just bolted to the bonnet! A good job too, I think. The public sure liked the car, because the company sold almost 40,000.

1967: Production ceases.

1968: Final BJ8 is built - the only car built that year. The Healey 4000 prototype is rejected by British Leyland. Relationship with British Leyland for Austin Healey is ended.

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