Austin-Healey 3000 – 1959

Austin-Healey 3000 - 1959

The ‘Big Healey’ appeared in 1956 when the 100-6 was introduced, continuing in production for a dozen years. The name was coined to differentiate between large and small Austin-Healeys after the Frogeye Sprite appeared, applying retrospectively to the 100-6 as well as the Austin-Healey 3000 that superseded it (with the number of cylinders replaced by cubic capacity to distinguish old from new as both models looked almost identical).

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Austin Healey Sprite – 1958

Austin Healey Sprite - 1958

Buoyed by the success of the Austin-Healey 100, partners BMC and Donald Healey came up with a clever new concept. The innovative 1958 Austin-Healey Sprite was designed to appeal to increasing numbers of youngsters with good incomes who were excited by the idea of open-top motoring but couldn’t afford the expensive roadsters driven by their well-heeled elders. It proved to be an inspired thought.

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