Donald Healey was active in motor sport well before World War II, his achievements including an outright win with an Invicta in the Monte Carlo Rally and no less than six Alpine Cups. He drove and designed cars for Triumph from 1934 to 1939, but after the war he decided to go it alone and produced a series of sports cars using Riley and Nash engines that soon ran up an impressive number of successes in events such as the Targa Florio, the Mille Miglia and the 24 hour races at Spa and Le Mans. In 1952 he showed his Healey 100 at the London Motor Show. This used the four cylinder, 2.6 litre Austin A90 engine and, by the time the show closed, Healey had been signed up by the Austin Motor Co, which would make the car as the Austin Healey.
The ultimate Healey model came in early 1964 with the introduction of the BJ8, the 3000 Mk III. The car incorporated myriad changes, most notably increased power, twin 2” SUs, revised exhaust system, new dash design, electronic tachometer and vacuum brake servo. The interior was far more refined, for example: the old steel dash panel was replaced with wood veneer, the seats covered in real leather and a useful console placed between the front seats.
This original home market car was prepared for competition by Maurice Jennings of SRS Motorsport and is now run by noted Big Healey specialists, Cape Sport International of Redditch, who tell us it would cost over £100k to replicate today. The car is now fully prepared for International road rallying with both an MSA Special Stage log book and full FIA papers.