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Austin-Healey 3000

Austin-Healey 3000 (United Kingdom, 1959-1967)

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When Donald Healey was seeking a replacement of the Riley-engined Silverstone, he decided to focus on developing a car that would attract American buyers, with a price in between the low-cost MG TD and the expensive Jaguar XK120.

The Healey Hundred, which was named for its intended top speed, was displayed for the first time at the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show. There, Sir Leonard Lord convinced Healey that Austin should produce the model as the Austin-Healey 100. Over the years, the design would become incredibly popular, and it would eventually mature into the 3000, a larger six-cylinder model with increased creature comforts and, by the time of production’s end in 1967, improved brakes, road-holding, and ground clearance.


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Austin-Healy was born out of an agreement established in 1952 between Austin’s chairman Leonard Lord and a prominent engineer and designer in the automotive industry named Donald Healey. Lord and Healey signed a 20-year long contract that resulted on the Austin-Healey brand. Donald Healey, however, would end up leaving the company before the expiry date, in 1968, in order to join another British car producer, Jensen Motors.   Austin-Healey stopped m...  more

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