Austin-Healey SPL227

In 1953 Donald Healey wanted to promote his new sports car and it was decided a great way to make a splash would be to break the speed and endurance records for production cars. The team from Warwick spent a goodly amount of time developing a streamlined version of what would eventually become the 100S and the basis for all of the Big Healeys to follow. In this homage to the Austin Healey endurance cars of 1953 and 1954, I’ve penned:

  • The ’53 car as it arrived at the Bonneville Salt Flats—When it first hit the Flats the Healey came replete with wheel spats, a headrest fairing, metal tonneau, what most think was an MGB seat (in place of the rather sparsely padded Healey production seat), 16″ 54-spoke wire wheels, and an aero wind screen. Most of the special equipment was dropped for the both the speed and endurance runs after it was discovered to collect the salt from the track and slow the car.
  • The ’53 car as prepared for the speed run—Minus the spats and headrest fairing the “production” Healey topped 142 miles per hour, more or less obliterating the existing production car speed record then help by Triumph.
  • The ’53 car as prepared for the endurance run—The main differences between speed and endurance preparations were the omission of the rear view mirror (presumably because of drag) and the substitution of the folding speed screen for the wrap around aero screen. The endurance car also used 15″ front wheels, again, to help reduce drag.
  • The ’54 endurance car (as recreated by Steve Pike)—For the 1954 Bonneville (and other) races, the Healey engineers upgraded to Dunlop disc wheels and a David Brown center shift gearbox as well as the first four-wheel disc brake system used on a production car. The other notable difference is the protrusion of the air intake through the grille work which, while not very attractive, proved to be very efficient at forcing air into the air box—an early from of ram air that would become popular a decade later.
  • The ’53 tribute endurance car (as recreated by Tom Kovacs at Four In Tune)—This version started off as a BN1 and was then modified to recreate the ’53 endurance car…but with some important differences. The MGB seat was replaced with 100S style vented chairs, the disc brake was also added along with center shift gearbox and other additions to help make it into a drivable road car including de-misters and wipers (not found on the original cars), a folding windscreen as found on the BN1 and BN2 models, and a number of other small changes.

The Bonneville series is not available with any equipment or color options, illustrated as all of the “specials” were in the famous “Listerine” green favored by Warwick for the endurance cars.

From $235 – $295, Press run – 25

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Austin-Healey SPL277 Specifications

  • Limited edition fine art print (25)
  • Printed on acid-free, museum quality, giclee paper
  • Each print is numbered and signed
  • Includes Certificate of Authenticity
  • Available in two sizes—12" x 24" or 18" x 36"
  • Domestic shipping via USPS 2-Day Priority, International shipping via USPS First-Class (please see Shipping and Delivery Policy for more information)
  • Low resolution proofs furnished prior to printing (approval required)
  • Prints ship in 10-14 days (on average) after approval of low resolution proof

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Austin Healey SPL227 Bonneville limited edition fine art print

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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 22 x 4 x 4 in

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