H&H Classics Limited - Imperial War Museum, Duxford Auction
Viewing Day: Tuesday 18th June 2019
Auction Day: Wednesday 19th June 2019 @ 13:00.
Estimate: £40,000 - £45,000
Donald Healey's eponymous company built a prototype two-seater sports car for display at the 1952 London Motorshow. It was based on Austin A90 Atlantic mechanicals and sported a sleek body designed by Gerry Coker and built by Tickford. Dubbed the 'Healey Hundred', the Ice Blue machine so excited Austin's Managing Director, Leonard Lord, that a deal was struck to build the car in volume at Longbridge. The newcomer was renamed the Austin Healey 100 and the rest is history. The model enjoyed steady development with the four-cylinder cars giving way to the 100-Six of 1956, which was followed by the first of the 3000s in 1959. The final iteration was the 3000 MKIII, which was launched in October 1963 and mildly upgraded (Phase 2) the following May. Production closed at the end of 1967 after 42,926 had been made, 17,712 of which were MKIIIs.
This Phase 2 example rolled off the Abingdon production line on January 14th 1965 and was despatched to the dealer in New York two months later. The accompanying Heritage Certificate shows it to have been equipped with wire wheels, overdrive, heater, adjustable steering column and a laminated windscreen, all of which desirable items were still evident when it returned to these shores in 1995, at which point it was converted to righthand drive. Since then the Healey has been equipped with electronic ignition, a side-exhaust system, anti-roll bar, replacement dampers plus more recently a new mohair hood and retrimmed interior. 'MVG 130C' has apparently flown through its last seven MOT tests with no advisories, and is currently considered by the vendor to have 'very good' Red interior trim and 'good' bodywork, White paintwork, six-cylinder engine and four-speed manual gearbox. He is now offering the car complete with the aforementioned Heritage Certificate, sundry invoices and several old MOT certificates, plus one valid into September.
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