1967 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8

1967 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8

1967 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8

A new Kilmartin chassis and Sport and Specialty body and paint

Sport and Specialty restoration

John Saccameno’s new Healey. Basically, a brand new car: Chassis, body, engine, trans, suspension, etc. John bought the car from a customer who decided to go racing instead of pursuing the build with his son. We had done a fair amount of the work already. The car has a new Kilmartin chassis and typical Sport and Specialty quality body and paint work. Since the car was already white, John decided to brighten it up with the blue coves, leather interior, Mini Lite style wheels, and an Everfast blue top. The car also sports a five speed in place of the 4 speed and OD, as the original trans was useless. A wonderful car to drive and is winning a few awards!

1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Ghia-Aigle

1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Ghia-Aigle

 

1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Ghia-Aigle Cabriolet

Made by Ghia-Aigle in Lugano Switzerland designed by Giovanni Michelotti

Sport and Specialty - 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Ghia-Aigle Cabriolet

This is a special car, as it was a unique prototype and one of only six Cabriolets produced for the Turin show that year. It came to us after many years of neglect and unsympathetic craftsman performed at a variety of other shops. Over time we were able to get the car running right with the proper serial numbered engine rebuilt to factory specs, the transmission, and it’s column mounted four speed transmission working properly. We also made sure it had brakes that worked well, had a top that sealed, and an interior with a high quality fit and finish. Finally, once we aligned the car it drove great and is back on the road, being enjoyed.

1956 Austin-Healey 100S Tribute

1956 Austin-Healey 100S Tribute

Sport and Specialty - 1956 Austin Healey 100S Tribute

As the prices for the actual Austin-Healey 100S cars have skyrocketed, a customer in St. Louis approached Sport and Specialty to build a unique one.

The car was engineered by Mark Baker with the intention of utilizing the best attributes of the 100S, while improving upon it’s inherent weaknesses, making it more friendly in today’s driving environment.

Starting life as a 100M, the car was given a completely new Kilmartin Sheetmetal chassis, correct body styling, as well as add on components to include a custom fabricated 100S oval style opening and grill. The interior was done correctly as a 100S, to include the properly vented seats and steering wheel. The four cylinder 100 engine was modified to produce 145 horsepower on pump gas, and cruise smoothly with taller gearing and a non-standard overdrive unit.

It was indeed intended as a tribute car, not a replica, as evidenced by the left-hand drive steering and rear exiting exhaust. All-in-all, a very special build, winning Best of Show at the 2010 Austin Healey Club of America Conclave in Galena, IL.

1957 Aston Martin DB Mark III

1957 Aston Martin DB Mark III

This car, belonging to Peter Conover of Oak Park, IL, has become a favorite among the Midwest British car community. Finished in 2011, Peter drives this beautiful car long distances every year to show it. Peter was very active in the restoration of the car, making weekly 150 mile round trips to Sport and Specialty to work on the car personally. Peter maintains the car religiously and takes enormous pride in its appearance and upkeep.

His restoration story is one of our favorites. His patience, persistence, and careful research resulted in a truly fantastic car and a connection to both the car and the people around it.