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Donald Healey was an outstanding achiever in motorsports and manufacture. Always proudly a Cornishman, a fighter pilot in the First World War, and founder of a burgeoning garage business in the 1920s, he became a tireless rallyist, culminating in his winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1931. In the 1930s he was with Triumph, but his true career as a a car designer and manufacturer began straight after World War II, when he launched the sleek 100mph Healey Elliott, at the time the world’s fastest saloon car. Other Healey models followed, then Nash Healeys, but all through this period Healey was suffering the pressures of lack of money that haunt so many entrepreneurs. True success finally arrived with his Healey Hundred in the early 1950s, a quintessential sports car design that was immediately snapped up by Austin and became the Austin-Healey 100, to be followed by the 100/6, the 3000 and the tiny Sprite, all of them achieving great commercial and competition success. For this exhaustive biography of the man and his work, John Nikas has drawn on interviews and reminiscences from family and colleagues, detailing every step of Healey’s hectic career, while many of the illustrations have never seen before, including photographs from Healey’s personal albums and design drawings of the cars. Healey: The Men and the Machines details the career and cars designed and raced by Donald Healey.
Author: John Nikas
Publisher: Herridge & Sons Ltd.
Illustrations: 350 color & b/w photos