Austin-Healey Kit Car

Bet you haven’t seen one of these for awhile – an Austin-Healey kit car. There used to be a great many of these around, with many aftermarket companies offering their version of an updated Austin-Healey 3ooo.

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Most of the later kit cars were better cars than the original cars in terms of horsepower, handling, braking, comfort and convenience, fit and finish, and without a doubt, reliability.

Yup, Lucas electrics from the 60’s were pretty abysmal, and that by itself made a lot of British cars from the era staggeringly unreliable. Things would go wrong with those cars that would have been wildly hilarious had it not happened to you, and left you stranded somewhere.

As an example, I had a Jaguar E-Type that had an odd electrical gremlin that no one could fix for for a couple of years – the headlights would flicker on if I went over bumps,or for instance, railroad tracks. Once in a while, the wipers would also come on at the same time.

(shrug) Lucas electrics, you know.

This car is in that “much better than the original” in term of dependability category. It’s got a rock-solid, steady Ford 302 with a matching Ford transmission, and that adds up to 325 horsepower going to the rear wheels. All new wiring, disc brakes, suspension, larger tires, and the list goes on and on.

The particular “replica” car (don’t say Austin-Healey kit car around any of these guys that make replica cars) came from Sebring International, a respected firm in the UK. They’ve been around quite awhile, and make a quality product. I’ve seen many, many of their cars over the years – some with 500 horsepower and some with very nice comfort updates like AC, power window lifts, new “infotainment” units in the dash, etc.

This is a nice one. And we’re proud to be part of it’s history now.

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