Tuesday, November 29, 2011

the Austin Healey

"Filling Up", a painting by Malcolm Root featuring an Austin Healey 100 and what looks like a Lambretta motor scooter; an easily identifiable English village scene.
1959 Austin-Healey 3000
This was a British sports-car which lasted for 20 years from 1952 to 1972, a joint venture between the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and the Donald Healey Motor Company. The models produced were the 100, 3000 and Sprite.

The cars were extensively raced at Le Mans, in Sebring in the US and in classic rallies by the BMC competitions department.

The marque was recognized from the beginning by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Healey models raced in club racing in D, E, and F production classes, winning National Championships in both D and E Production. In 1953, a special streamlined Austin-Healey set several land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

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