The Austin-Healey models of the 1950s would be just the beginning for the British sports car manufacturer, and it all would begin with the Healey Hundred. Donald Healey developed a single Healey Hundred to be shown at the 1952 London Motor Show. The design would impress Leonard Lord, the managing director of Austin so much, that he would strike a deal with Donald Healey to produce the cars in quantity at his Longbridge factory. This partnership would lead to the production of the Austin-Healey 100, 100-4, 100-6 and 3000 throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The Big Healeys are popular with buyers and collectors thanks to their sleek and sophisticated look, as well as their performance and racing pedigree.
If youre thinking about buying a classic Austin-Healey of the 1950s, the Beverly Hills Car Club is happy to provide you with information on some of the 1950s most popular Austin-Healey models as well as model-specific Buyers Tips throughout this website. Lets take a look at the models from the 1950s.
The Austin-Healey 100 and 100-4 are considered the original Austin-Healey models and were part of the BN1 and BN2 series of production that would last from 1953 to 1956. The 100-4 would be replaced with the 100-6 in 1956. Featuring a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive, the Austin-Healey 100-4 was sleek and sophisticated, while providing the raw racing appeal that the buyers of the time craved. A true two-seat Roadster, the 100-4 is popular today with collectors and enthusiasts. However, always be prepared to thoroughly inspect these examples for rust, as this can be a big problem with classic Austin-Healey of the 1950s.
In 1956, the 100-4 would be replaced with the Austin-Healey 100-6. Boasting a longer wheelbase by several inches, the 100-6 would give owners more cabin room and the option of 2+2 seating. A 2.6L engine would power the car and give it 102hp, yet because of overall weight, the 100-6 would actually be slower than the 100-4. If youre thinking about buying an Austin-Healey from the 1950s this is something to take into consideration.
The 3000 was introduced in 1959, replacing the Austin-Healey 100-6. Despite the name change, the changes were relatively minor. The wheelbase and body remained unchanged, and the 3000 would be offered as a 2+2 and Two-Seat Roadster. There would be several variations: Mark I, Mark II and Mark III. Because of the racing pedigree and exceptional style that was offered by the Austin-Healey 3000, many of todays collectors consider it an excellent purchase for both restoration and occasional driving.
The Beverly Hills Car Club is renowned for their diverse collection of American and European classic cars and is always bringing new models into their inventory. If youre in the market for an Austin-Healey of the 1950s, be sure to browse their online inventory to view the models currently available to you. They also encourage you to browse their website to learn more about the brand and their company. Should you have any questions, they are just a phone call away. Connect today to get started!