Healey Sports Cars

mods & upgrades for Healey (Nash, Austin, or Jensen) cars, including engine swaps

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HealeyRick
Rick Neville

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Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Shelby-Healey
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: July 27, 2014 09:25PM

Most V8 Healey guys know that Carroll Shelby approached Donald Healey with a plan to install a small block Chevrolet motor into the Healey. The proposal was nixed by British Motor Corporation and Chevrolet and after being shut down there CS turned to Ford and AC to give birth to the Cobra.
Austin-Healey 100S historian Ken Freese was reading John Morton's book,"Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s" and found the Healey played a part in the history of the 427 Cobra as well. According to Morton, Phil Remington gave Ted Sutton the job of installing the 427 into the Cobra because he was impressed with the job Sutton had done installing a small block Ford in his Austin-Healey. Sutton said the task of fitting the 427 into the Cobra was very similar to installing the 289 into the Healey.
Apparently the Sutton Healey still survives. Here's the story: 2011 Coastal Swap Meet Tradex Abbotsford
Photos by Cam Hutchins
and here's some pics:

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j222/healeyrick/Shelby_Healey_zps87729b83.jpg

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j222/healeyrick/Shelby-Healey1_zps677db599.jpg

I find it really interesting that according to the linked article, Shelby was considering selling conversion kits to "Cobraize" the Healey.


DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
(406 posts)

Registered:
11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: Shelby-Healey
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: August 01, 2014 04:53PM

Can't hold a candle to the famous Neville Healey which, according to its owner, goes like stink.


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(467 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Shelby-Healey
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: August 07, 2014 12:39PM

Yeah, and when it doesn't go, it just stinks.


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(467 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Shelby-Healey
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: August 07, 2014 12:43PM

A long-time Healey guy has sent me an article from the Austin-Healey Club of America magazine, "Chatter" written by Ted Sutton, describing his HiPo powered Healey as well as an "interesting" ride with Carroll Shelby in the prototype 427 Cobra. If you want a copy, shoot me your email in a PM and I'll forward the PDF


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