The Donald Healey Motor Company debuted its stunning little sportscar, the 100, at the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show. Using the four-cylinder 159ci (2.6-liter) Austin Atlantic engine, the roadster was competition to Triumph's TR2. Four years later the 100 turned into the 100-Six using Austin's six-cylinder 159ci (2.6-liter) engine. The Austin Healey 3000 MkI came in 1959 with an output of 124bhp (92.5kW). While looking like a sports roadster, Pat Moss proved what a worthy rally car the Healey was too by winning the Liege-Rome-Liege Rally. A re-styled MkII followed for 1961 with a curved screen, wind-up side windows and vertical grille slats. The final MkIII version (1964-1969) was the best, with 150bhp (112kW) and servo brakes. All the Healeys used a ladder-frame cross-braced chassis with wishbone and hard leaf spring suspension. They were a handful, with understeer which could very quickly switch to oversteer.
Austin Healey 3000 Specifications
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