Friday, June 29, 2007

This one's for...

...my friends Joan, Paula, Kim and the enigmatic "JustFly", who expressed appreciation for the Austin-Healey photo I posted a few days ago.

Believe me, if I had known Healeys were chick-magnets, I would have stuck up a bank to be able to keep mine....

Here, for their (and, I hope, your) enjoyment, is a picture of the rarest Austin-Healey of all -- not to mention the one I most wish I could own -- the 1955 100S.

The Donald Healey Motor company built only 55 of these racers, which were lighter, more powerful and therefore quicker than the regular "100." A 140-mph car was really something in those days....

I've put some miles on one (not the one in the picture) and found that it, like so many old race cars, was delightful to drive. I loved it, found it an easy car to drive on the street. I will say that without modern power assists for steering and brakes, it took some muscle to push it along at high speeds.

But that's what makes a Hero Driver!



If I ever win the lottery, get a Real Job or (don't laugh) attract a Sugar Momma, a 100S is at the top of my list....

10 comments:

betty said...

It is a cute car. That's kind of a female-type response since I don't know much about cars except that they're cute or ugly. I saw the ugliest car the other day and Paul loves it. It looks like a box with 4 wheels!

justfly said...

"enigmatic" hmmmm...I guess I will take that as a compliment! :)

It is a very cute little car. It would look nice in my driveway :)

John said...

British racing green. The MGA I learned to drive in was that color.

Anonymous said...

Nice... :)

Sally said...

It was me that said nice, hehe. I forgot how to use this thing..

joan said...

I think the Sugah Mommas are already hooked up with the Sugah Daddies. At least it seems that way. :)

Anonymous said...

Green is my favorite color...
go for the green!

Looks like that has a "louvered hood..." correct?

MrScribbler said...

"Anon" -- All 100S Healeys had louvered hoods, plus the leather strap to hold them in place.

And, BTW, the green color was a bit of a rarity for this model; most were painted white with the lower body side (if you look closely, you can see a sweeping "crease" in the door and rear fender) painted a unique blue called "lobelia." This car was always green.

DAL said...

So many cool cars, so little money and places to park them all.

MrScribbler said...

dal -- I have a one-car garage, and the 100S would fit inside very nicely....