The personalities who created the Healey and Austin Healey automobile
are a special breed. Following the interruption that World War II had
on his life, Donald Healey resumed his lifelong passion ultimatly
resulting in a line of automobiles that have become the de-facto
benchmark in British Sports Cars.
In this section of the website we provide profiles on Donald, his
sons and the Healey family. We will also profile the individuals that
were key to and had so much influence on the cars produced under the
In addition, over the past 50 years a great following of Healey
owners and drivers has emerged uninterrupted and now even spans
multiple generations with cars being passed from father to sons and
daughters to grandchildren.
We in the Austin Healey Club USA call these people
enthusiasts, some call them obssessed, and I am fortunate enough to
call many of them friends.
The Austin-Healey Sprite was a small open sports car designed by Donald Healey.
Its release was announced by British Motor Corporation (BMC) in 1958.
It was a small, low cost sports car designed to fill the hole in the
market left by the small pre-war Austin Seven sports cars. The car was
designed by the Healey Motor Company within the bounds of their
partnership with BMC. It first went on sale at a price of £669.
It used a tuned version of the Austin A-Series engine and as many
other components from existing cars as possible to keep the cost to a
Probably the most recognizable Austin Healey, the 100, 100-6
and 3000 models are referred to as "Big Healeys" by enthuiasts.
Rumoured to be a term Donald Healey used to distinguish the cars from
the smallet Sprites.