Donald Healey's Austin-Healey 100 Coupe to auction at Bonhams
Two rare and important Austin-Healey motor cars are heading to auction at Bonhams, from the distinguished collection of Arthur Carter.
Throughout his life Carter assembled the world's greatest collection of Austin-Healeys, and is a highly respected marque expert. Having sold most of his collection in recent years, Mr Carter is now set to part with the last two significant cars in his collection: a 1959 Works Rally 3000, and a 1953 Austin-Healey 100 Coupe owned by company founder Donald Healey himself.
“I have enjoyed owning these cars for many years and am not using them as much as I would like," said Carter. "The time has now come for Bonhams to sell the cars and I am sure the new owners will enjoy them as much as I have.”
The Austin-Healey 100 Coupe is one of two examples produced by chief designer Gerry Coker on the four-cylinder Austin-Healey 100 platform. Healey wanted to explore the idea of producing a coupe for series-production, and then commandeered one of the cars for himself.
He then drove the car, registered ONX 113, extensively over a 10-year period as his everyday car. It has been described as "perhaps the most important – and arguably most coveted – Healey of all", and "a truly historic and significant motor car".
The second car on offer, the 1959 Works Rally 3000, has an extensive racing history, having been piloted by the likes of Jack Sears, Pat Moss (sister of Sir Stirling Moss) and John Gott.
“As an Austin-Healey owner myself, I am a committed and avid fan of the marque," commented James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director. "I have handled some of the most important Healeys in my 30 plus year career but have always wanted the privilege of representing Mr. Carter’s legendary 100 Coupe. That time has now arrived and I will enjoy every minute of bringing ONX to market."
“What I find most exciting is that, although serious Healey collectors were aware of the car, many collectors in the more general market did not know that Healey produced a 100 Coupe – and one as special as this example. It was no secret that Mr. Carter owned the car, but it appeared rarely, and at Club meets at that. It is a dark horse – under the radar of many – that is ready to grace the world’s most prestigious concours and other historic motoring events. There is no doubt the car will attract the attention of world’s great collectors”.
The two cars will be offered for sale as part of a major year-end auction at Bonhams in New Bond Street on Sunday December 6.
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