Classic Clinic specialises in classic car servicing, maintenance and repairs on the Gold Coast, and one of our absolute favourite car makes to service are classic Austin Healeys, the ‘Big Healeys’ and Austin Healey SpritesWhether you’re looking for someone who specialises in Austin Healey servicing, Austin Healey maintenance, or Austin Healey repairs, you can rest assured knowing the highly experienced team at the Classic Car Clinic have had hands-on experience working on all Austin Healeys.
We have close ties with local owners clubs and an extensive network of suppliers for parts which we source both locally and internationally. When required, we also engineer our own parts and have strong working relationships with body and paint specialists, all of which are very familiar with this great British car.
Austin Healey was established in 1952 through a joint venture between the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and the Donald Healey Motor Company (Healey), a renowned automotive engineering and design firm.
BMC merged with Jaguar Cars in 1966 to form British Motor Holdings (BMH). Donald Healey left BMH in 1968 when it merged into British Leyland. Healey then joined Jensen Motors, which had been making bodies for the “Big Healeys” since their inception in 1952, and became their chairman in 1972. Austin-Healey cars were produced until 1972, when the 20-year agreement between Healey and Austin came to an end.
The Sprite was designed by the Donald Healey Motor Company, with production being undertaken at the MG factory at Abingdon. It first went on sale at a price of £669, using a tuned version of the Austin A-Series engine and as many other components from existing cars as possible to keep costs down. Over its long history, several marks of the Sprite were created with production of the ‘Frogeye’ commencing in 1958 and finishing with the Mark IV in 1971.
Healey built a single Healey 100 for the 1952 London Motor Show, and the design impressed Leonard Lord, managing director of Austin, who was looking for a replacement for the unsuccessful A90. Body styling was by Gerry Coker. The chassis was designed by Barry Bilbie.
The “100” was named by Healey for the car’s ability to reach 100 mph (160 km/h); its successor, the better known Austin-Healey 3000, was named for the 3000 cc displacement of its engine.
Apart from the first twenty cars, production Austin-Healey 100s were finished at Austin’s Longbridge plant alongside the A90 and based on fully trimmed and painted body/chassis units produced by Jensen.
The 100 was the first of three models later called the Big Healeys to distinguish them from smaller Austin-Healey Sprite. The Big Healeys are often referred to by their three-character model designators rather than by their models, as the model names do not reflect the mechanical differences and similarities well.
The first 100s (series “BN1”) were equipped with the same undersquare 87.3 mm (3.4 in) bore and 111.1 mm (4.4 in) stroke 90 bhp (67 kW) 2660 cc 4 cylinder engines and manual transmission as the standard production A90, but the transmission was modified to be a three-speed unit with overdrive on second and top.
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The BN2 was fitted with a real four-speed manual transmission, still with overdrive on the top two gears. Other features that distinguish the BN2 from the BN1 are the slightly larger front wheel arches, different rear axle and being the first 100 with optional two-tone paint.
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A high-performance 100M model was introduced in 1955 with larger carburettors, a cold air box to increase engine air flow, high-lift camshaft and 8.1:1 compression pistons. It produced 110 bhp (82 kW) at 4500 rpm. The front suspension was stiffened, and the bonnet gained louvres, along with a bonnet belt. Approximately 70% of 100Ms were finished with a two-tone paint scheme, including one White over Red and another in Black over Pink for display at the 1955 London Motor Show. In all, 640 100Ms were built by the factory.
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Built primarily for racing, the aluminium-bodied “100S” (for Sebring) model developed 132 bhp (98 kW) at 4700 rpm. Five works development/special test cars carrying the “SPL” chassis number prefix were developed during 1953 and 1954, with one winning its class at Sebring in 1954 and prompting the “S” designation. Only 50 production 100S cars were made, hand-built by the Donald Healey Motor Company at Warwick, delivered between February and November 1955 and carrying the “AHS” chassis number prefix
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BN4 and BN6
The 100-6 featured a 2 inch (50.8 mm) longer wheelbase than the 100, a more powerful straight-six engine in place of its slightly larger inline-four, and added two occasional seats (which later became optional). The body lines were slightly streamlined, a smaller, wider radiator grille placed lower, an air scoop was added to the bonnet, and the windscreen fixed. The 2+2 BN4 was produced from 1956 onwards, and the 2-seat BN6 in 1958–9.
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BN7 and BT7
The Austin-Healey 3000 was announced on 1 July 1959 with a 3-litre BMC C-Series engine to replace the smaller 2.6-litre engine of the 100-6 and disc brakes for its front wheels.
Other changes were minor compared to those between the original 100 and the 100-6. The wheelbase and body were unchanged, as were the body-styles, a 2+2 or BT7 and a two-seater BN7.
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BJ7 Sports Convertible
The 3000 sports convertible Mark II was launched at the end of August 1962. It was a true convertible with almost saloon car comfort, a new wrap-around windscreen, wind-up side windows, swivelling quarter lights and a quick-action folding roof.
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BJ8 Sports Convertible
The 3000 sports convertible Mark III was announced in February 1964 with power increased from 136 bhp to 150 bhp by a new higher lift camshaft. SU HD8 carburettors replaced HS6 units increasing the choke size from 1.75 to 2 inches, or total area 6.3 sq. inches, increasing by 30.6%). Power-assisted braking became standard instead of optional. The new car’s fascia displayed its speedometer and tachometer directly in front of the driver.
The Mark III BJ8 remained in production until the end of 1967 when the manufacture of the Austin-Healey 3000 ceased.
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Regardless of the model, if you’re in need of a trusted classic Austin Healey mechanic to service your classic Austin Healey, then the qualified and experienced team at the Classic Car Clinic are the team to turn to. Contact us today about your Austin Healey servicing requirements on the Gold Coast.