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!

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.

1966 Austin-Healey BJ8 Race Car

1966 Austin-Healey BJ8 Race Car

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Ed Muncie has been campaigning this car since 2014 with great results. Purchased in 2013, Ed decided he wanted to go racing with his new acquisition.

After many long conversations, we decided on a short and long term plan for the car’s build. Primarily Ed wanted to be able to continue to drive the car on the street, but also be able to push the car to its limits at the track. Obviously compromises had to made, but working together we have done well in fulfilling his needs.

Wanting a truly vintage look and feel to the car, Ed opted for a rally style hardtop and lights and the simple British Racing Green paint. We decide to initially invest the time and effort in three area areas; safety, handling, and braking.

The suspension was upgraded to higher rate springs and re-valved shocks. The camber was altered and the wire wheels were replaced with cast Panasports for better rigidity. Sway bar sizes were increased and other minor tweaks were performed. The car retained it original ride height to make street travel far less treacherous to the expensive bits underneath.

As Ed makes his living as a risk management executive, we had to make sure we got the safety thing just right. The mods were done in conjunction with commonly acceptable vintage racing General Competition Rule specifications. An FIA acceptable fuel cell, Four point roll bar, Sparco racing seats, and Schroth belts keep Ed safe and firmly in place.

His interior looks completely normal with stock instruments and switches. The fire bottle and emergency shut off switch were integrated into the roll bar and top. The ignition wiring was modified to insure proper disconnection in case of an emergency. In an effort to keep the driver the proper 2” below the rollbar height, we agreed to lower the floors 1.75” inches to accommodate Ed’s height and retain the hard top. This allowed the seats to be lowered appropriately.

The brakes were upgraded to racing pads and fluids and have held up admirably. The car has been super reliable, and the key was to not have so many changes and upgrades that we could not sort and performance issues separately.

The current plan for the off season prior to 2016 is to build a reliable high performance motor, that will allow track performance with street tractability. Stay tuned.

1955 Austin-Healey 100R

1955 Austin-Healey 100R

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The 100R was Mark Baker’s dream child. His goal was to design and build a car that should have been built by BMC. A companion to the 100S and 100M, the 100R for Rally. All alloy, with a 100S plus spec motor, 100S style interior and special paint, Mark’s car was truly unique and genuinely a work of art. The car brought $124,000 at the Bonham’s Scottsdale auction in 2013.

From the Bonham’s Auction

Restored as a competition special in a period style by a renowned Healey aficionado, this 100 impresses with its extraordinarily tasteful craftsmanship and choice of period-correct performance upgrades. Built in the spring of 1955 as a left-hand-drive BN1 model, this Healey was most likely exported to the US that same year for delivery to the first owner.

The BN1’s whereabouts during the late 1950s and 1960s remains unclear, but in 1972, 16 year old Mark Baker purchased the car. Mr. Baker had gotten the Healey bug while at his dentist’s office in 1967, where he spotted a new-at-the-time Golden Beige 3000 BJ8 in the parking lot.

Baker would later sell the 100, only to buy it back again, ultimately keeping it until his passing in 2011. A devoted enthusiast of the marque, Baker owned and operated the renowned Durand, Illinois-based Austin-Healey restoration shop Sport and Specialty. When time came to restore his old 100, Baker had a clear vision for the project. As described by him in the December 2002 article of Healey Marque magazine featuring this very special car: “This car is a concept of what I felt BMC could have done with the 100 if their priorities were different. The rally effort for the 100’s was nothing like the six cylinder cars, racing and sales being up front”.

Carried out during the late 1990s and early 2000s, the restoration and design of Baker’s 100 BN1 Competition Special is nothing short of breathtaking. The bodywork was completely reworked in alloy, like the contemporary 100S racers. A large, competition style alloy fuel tank was installed, with a quick-release fuel filler coming out through the trunk. The bumpers were removed, and a competition-style custom hardtop installed. A set of Dunlop D-Type style pin-drive alloy wheels were custom made in the UK and appropriately fitted with Dunlop Racing tires. Girling disc brakes fitted to all four corners ensure that the Healey stops as well as it goes, and the suspension was upgraded with heavy-duty springs, competition shocks and beefy sway bars mounted both front and rear. A limited slip differential was fitted, and a 4-speed close ratio gearbox installed.

The interior was outfitted with 100S style bucket seats, a D-Type style beech steering wheel and an 8000rpm BMC tachometer. The engine work naturally incorporated a bevy of upgrades, ultimately resulting in a reported 190bhp and massive 200 foot-pounds of torque. A reinforced engine block was fitted with a Billet crankshaft and Carrillo rods, forged high-compression JE pistons, while valve size and cam timing were revised for ultimate performance. Throughout the whole project, Baker endeavored to stay true to the car’s era, using genuine period-style speed equipment and parts where possible.

Since the 100 BN1 Competition Special was finished in 2002, it has received a number of awards at Austin-Healey shows, becoming well known in the Healey community. The level of detail that Mark Baker lavished upon this car is quite breathtaking to behold; it was clearly a labor of love. Baker’s enthusiasm for the marque, impressed upon his young mind after a chance sighting during a 1967 dentist’s appointment, is clear. This superb Austin-Healey, clearly designed for high-speed motoring, should prove a fine companion on the open road, and one that Donald Healey would surely look upon with a smile.

1956 Austin-Healey 100M

1956 Austin-Healey 100M

1956-AH-100M-1Melvin and Lynn Dale asked us to provide an Austin Healey Club of America Concours Gold Level restoration on their 1956 100M. The 100M is special in that only 640 cars were produced at the factory. This car has been certified factory produced and is as original as could be restored, winning 971 out of 1000 points (950 plus points is Gold) in it’s first showing in Gettysburg PA in July of 2015. It also won first place in the Concours Class in the Popular Car Show. It is arguably one of the nicest 100M automobiles in existence today.