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Donald Healey’s 100 Coupe for Auction

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***UPDATE*** Sold for £639,900 (CDN$ 1,310,246) inc. premium

This weekend Bonhams will offer arguably the most desirable Austin-Healey ever produced: Donald Healey’s personal 1953 Austin-Healey 100/’100S’ Coupé at their The Bond Street Motor Car Sale in London.

The car was built as a styling exercise executed by Gerry Coker who designed the Austin-Healey 100 and Sprite. In his own words he added “lift the rear deck to make the hard top more proportionate”. Futhermore he also chose the original color scheme of Carmine Red with a black roof.

Inside the car recieved a bespoke interior with a central Becker radio and speaker built into the dashboard. Futher interesting details include rotary A55 heater switches, lockable sliding windows and a locking mechanism for the doors.

Donald Healey took particular interest in the Coupe. He registered it ‘ONX 113’ and used it as a support vehicle at events like the Mille Miglia. Throughout its life it was upgraded by the factory to 100S specification.

Having being owned by the Arthur Carter collection since 1972, ‘ONX 113’ is in remarkably original condition and totally unsymettric like many of the Healeys we see in the shop.

Bonhams will offer ‘ONX 113’ at their upcoming The Bond Street Motor Car Sale on 6 Dec 2015 in London alongside a remarkable collection of British sports cars.

BJ8 Restoration: Part 4: Metal Work

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Once our BJ8 project was stripped bare and blasted, we then had a unique opportunity to address the weakness of the original design and deal with any present or future problems.

We trusted Steven Gicas to do the job. Trained by Roy Moore for Jetstream, he has put together several of the Hugh’s brothers Healeys and will be working on more Healeys in the future.

After cutting away the inner, intermediate and outer sills, we decided under Steven’s guidance to replace all 10 floor board pieces. These were simply tacked onto the chassis by the factory with little regard to corrosion protection between the floor and chassis. Steven applied weld-through primer the entire ‘sandwich’ surface which when combined with seam sealer should outlast the intended lifetime of the structure. This also refreshed the flanges that the inner sill attaches to.

We also spent considerable money to get the fenders, doors, sills, shut panels and hinge panels sufficiently lined up. Steven weighed down the chassis to mimic the 690 lb engine and transmission, but I would recommend leaving the engine in for this process otherwise.

This leaves the Healey ready for Trevor Black to do final bodywork and prepare it for one his superb topcoats. It will be going back to its original hue of dark Britsh Racing Green GN25.

BJ8 Restoration: Part 3. In the bare metal for a brief moment.

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It took a considerable amount of effort and time to get our Austin Healey 3000 completely stripped, so we are taking every step to make this a thorough chassis restoration.

So, we loaded it up on a very impressive rotisserie and send it to Todd at Fox Kustoms for media blasting who did a stellar job which was aided by a balanced setup.

With bare metal on our hands time was of the essence, it had to get protected immediately which meant a marathon epoxy prime which took three hours of continuous spray. This is probably the most intense chassis to prime/paint of all the British cars.

Today, sitting in a dark green hue of Valspar 999DTM, the Healey was finally towed by Sean at Sharky’s off to Stickler’s Speed Shop where inner, intermediate and outer sills will be completely replaced as well as a plethora of other work.

BJ8 Restoration: Part 1 The Teardown

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Following advice from Earl Kagna we started with the doors on our BJ8 restoration which led to the removal of the dash pad, front window and fenders.

This alone yielded numerous surprises including a sample of the original British Racing Green under the dash pad. Furthermore the car was very straight with all the inner fenders nicely intact.

Typical for this model, we were forced to immediately call Austin Healey AutoFarm Canada and order the inner, intermediate and outer sill pieces which will correct this car back to 100%.

With all the fenders off we carefully pried the center aluminum shroud off the car, eventually defeating the mastic plant resin to reveal the engine and chassis superstructure in one fell swoop.

Sold: 1959 Austin Healey 3000 MK1 BT7

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-Careful and meticulous ownership from new.
-100% solid and original panels
-Delivered new to San Francisco with Wire Wheels, Overdrive, Heater, Adjustable Steering Column.
-Offered with an original hardtop, sidecurtains and tool kit
-High level of maintenance and operating condition.

Here is a chance to buy one of the most impressive BT7s we have seen. Its owner Jim Briske has been involved with the Healey concours community for a considerable time and has faithfully reconditioned most of the car to retain its originality.

Somewhat of a unique opportunity, the car is now located at a 3000 ft elevation in Maui, and would make the ultimate vacation testdrive.

CAR’S CURRENT CONDITION
-72 spoke painted wire wheels/ Michelin tires from Hendricks Wire wheel.
-4 new hubs, original knockoffs.
-Silicone brake/clutch fluid, new hoses
-Balanced rear brake drums
-Rebuilt swivel axels
-Rebuilt original rear springs
-Rebuilt original shocks
-New wiring harness [British Wiring ]
-Original chrome replated
-Interior, grey leather, red trim done by John Wilson, Oregon. To concourse standard.
-3 Tops. 1.Concorse condition hardtop, old English white, headliner from Roger Moment,
-Window and trim from Bill Bolton.
-2.New Robbins top, original top frame
-3.Surry suntop. [see photo]
-Sidecurtains: Original , reconditioned, see photo
-Engine: Replaced freeze plugs, timing chain,tensioner,seal. Rear oil seal, lighten flywheel [Bill Bolton]. Rebuilt starter & generator. Stainless steel exhaust . Spin on filter[original included] Car has run on Mobil 1 since 1989 . Alum. Flex fan from Norm Nock. [original included] Spare water pump in boot. Original radiator R&R with sleeved thermostat installed. No over heating problems.
Transmission: Toyota 5 speed with Smitty kit. Original trans. With 22% overdrive included. The Toyota trans allowed for a R&R of original trans.[ Preventative maint.] So the that the car could be driven. I did that with my BJ8. Both trans. use Redline oil.
Tool Kit: Original, unrestored. Verified as correct for this car by Roger Moment