The Iconic Austin Healey 100
Hitting the scene in 1953, the Austin Healey 100 was an instant success. Produced from 1953 through 1956, the Austin Healey 100 was equipped with a 2,660cc four cylinder, overhead valve powerplant with top speeds around 100mph - hence the "100" designation. Austin Healey cranked out 14,612 of these little beauties.
Donald Healey's Austin parts bin sports car was a landmark in all respects. Seductive, rapid, sharp-handling, practical and above all cheap, it took America by storm. The 2.6-liter 4 cylinder engine came from the Austin A90 Atlantic. An initial three-speed gearbox was replaced by a four-speed in 1955. Both were available with overdrive, and bigger brakes at the same time. Corrosion and rust is any Healey's worst enemy. This car has enduring appeal and is eligible for some great events such as the California Mille and the Mille Miglia. Prices reflect the esteem of the marque at $30,000 - $50,000.
Overall, the car earns four out of five stars for reliability, maintenance costs and market appeal. It earns three out of five stars for parts and support. Later this week we'll scour the car world for an Austin Healey 100 for sale. Who knows, it just may be your next car!
(Description courtesy of Sports Car Market magazine)
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