"The result of a joint venture, as its name suggests, the Austin Healey was built at Longbridge before moving to the BMC works at Abingdon. It evolved from the timeless 100/4 to accept a bigger six cylinder engine followed by the larger still three litre unit, or ‘3000’. All three incarnations looked superb and drove equally hence their regular use within motorsport. An aluminium model was also produced in very limited numbers and, as result, coveted. The 100/6 could comfortably exceed 100mph, a big deal back then especially at a time when a Ford Popular would struggle to reach 70mph.
Zerwick Automotive Engineers are respected specialist in restoration based in Knysna, South Africa. They rebuild, to impeccable standards, a range of classics and ship world-wide. It is this father and son partnership, with over 71 years of experience between them, that we are lucky enough to impart, that are responsible for restoring this example. Initially all paint was removed including box sections and repainted with a rust preventative coating before top coats applied. The suspension and rear axle was removed, cleaned and rebuilt; the engine was refitted with new gaskets and seals with the cylinder head overhauled. The interior is completely new throughout including boot liner and all chrome re-chromed. Wiring was repaired with the starter and generator overhauled. A Certificate of Valuation can be found in the history file detailing it to be ‘restored to absolute new factory specifications’ with an estimated value in 2015 of 620,000 Rand (£32,000). Some non-Healey parts were fitted during the restoration although this was rectified when it arrived in the UK by Austin Healey specialists, Orchard Restorations. Presented here in classic blue over white with, unusually, a hardtop to match, this great driver’s car is competitively priced and runs, as you would expect, extremely well indeed."