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Happy Birthday Donald Healey

Tuesday July 3, 2018 at 10:28am
Happy Birthday Donald Healey
Donald Healey speaking at the BBC.
Photo credit: BBC
Happy Birthday Donald Healey

Happy Birthday to the one and only Donald Healey who would be 120 today!

Born in Perranporth in 1898, Donald Healey became a successful rally driver after winning the 1931 Monte Carlo Rally.

The Austin-Healey name was formed in 1952 in a joint venture between the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation and the Donald Healey Motor Company after Donald Healey designed and built a singled "Healey 100" for the 1952 London Motor Show.

Black and white photo of an Austin-Healey 100 taken by Ashley Foster

It was under this partnership that the iconic Austin-Healey 100 or BN1 was manufactured, followed by the BN2, 100/S, BN4 (the first series with a six-cylinder engine), BN7, BT7, BJ7 and BJ8 models.

Fred Draper in the stores at A.H. Spares during the early days.

Our founder, Fred Draper was the Parts Manager at the Donald Healey Motor Company during the time the Austin-Healey marque was produced, before he left in 1969 to form A.H. Spares Ltd.

BBC article commemorating Donald Healey:
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