Austin Healey is a British car manufacturer that specializes in making exceptional and unique sports cars. The Company appeared in 1952 and was the result of Leonard Lord and Donald Healey collaboration. The existence of this really amazing manufacturer came to an end in 1972 when the agreement between Austin and Healey was no longer valid.
The first model was named Austin Healey 100 and was built from 1953 until 1956. The “100” in the name of the series means that this car can reach 100 m/hour, a really unbelievable number for a sport cat of that time. This car was equipped with a 2660 cc I4 engine and three- or four-speed manual transmissions. During the three years of this car’s production only 14,634 vehicles were produced.
In 1956 the Austin Healey 100-6 series appeared. This one lasted for another three years, until 1959. This car had a better engine, the 2639 cc I6 that gave it more power and as a result, more speed of 103.9 m/hour. It could accelerate up to 60 m/hour in almost 10.7 seconds. The exterior design of the second generation of Austin Healeys was not that different from the first series, and the features of the car remained almost unchanged. The total amount of 14,436 100-6 cars was made and sold.
With the great success that followed the first two generations of Healeys the Company decided to make another series of cars, the Austin Healey 3000. It appeared in 1959 and existed until 1967. This was a two-door sport roadster equipped with a 2,912 cc C-Series I6 engine. The maximum speed of this car increased to 115 m/hour. Once again, the design and exterior changes were minor compared to the previous models but this didn’t prevent thousands of people from buying this vehicle. Even when it was discontinued, Austin Healey 3000 remained the most sold series of the entire production time.
There were some additional limited series made, like Austin-Healey Sprite and different concept cars, with the latest one announced in 2005, so the work of the greatest British sports car manufacturer didn’t die in 1972.