Lot 88 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £61,875
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: AUB225E
Chassis No: HBJ8L41884
Mot Expiry: Oct 2020
- Subject to a body off restoration in 2000 including a new chassis
- Overhauled engine, gearbox, overdrive and drivetrain
- Numerous photos and invoices included
This lovely Healey was the subject of a full chassis / body restoration in 2000 by Andrew Foster, an Engineer from Huddersfield in W. Yorks. It was subsequently awarded 'Best Car in Show' together with two other awards during the 2001 Healey Day at Brooklands Museum in Surrey. The present owner acquired the car the following year and decided to completely overhaul / upgrade the original engine / gearbox / overdrive and drivetrain. Almic Engineering of Oldham, Lancs, a well-respected company whose owner is a personal friend of the vendor, were entrusted with this work which included: full strip down and overhaul of the engine with new forged pistons, Kent Performance camshaft, Denis Welch Sports Exhaust System (including manifold), unleaded valve seats, sports coil, high-torque starter motor and Thermotec insulation. A fully refurbished 28-percent overdrive unit was also fitted at this time and there are numerous photos and invoices on file to support this work.
Since this mechanical work was carried out, approximately 10,000 trouble-free and very enjoyable miles have been covered on Club Runs and Tours in the UK and abroad. The Healey further benefits from a professionally fitted Dark Blue Mohair Hood and Tonneau Cover and sits purposefully on 5.5-inch chrome wire wheels shod with quality 185-section tyres. The fastidious vendor has owned many high-quality sports cars during the past fifty-plus years and he had intended to keep this lovely Healey for many more. Indeed, the vast expenditure shortly after purchase and a continuous programme of preventative maintenance since then was carried out with this aim in mind. Sadly, recent health issues have led to a reluctant but necessary decision to change to a vehicle with automatic transmission and it is therefore with a heavy heart that he prematurely offers his pride and joy to a new owner at a reserve figure well below the £80,000 replacement figure that was readily agreed to by Ageas Insurance only last year.
PLEASE NOTE: As part of the restoration a new chassis was used on this Lot.