Unique Austin Healey at auction

Unique Austin Healey at auction

One of the "most significant" Austin Healey vehicles of the decade is set to go under the hammer.

The car can boast to being the oldest right-hand drive Austin Healey available, specialist car auctioneer Coys said.

As part of the True Greats event in London on December 3, the vehicle is expected to sell for between £100,000 to £130,000.

Chris Routledge, managing partner of Coys, said: "This car is arguably the most significant Austin Healey to be offered on the open market this decade. It is a unique opportunity to inherit a competition car rallied by a true legend like Betty Haig."

The 16th of 20 pre-production Healeys built at Cape Works in Warwick in 1953, the classic has a lightweight all-aluminium bodyshell - a feature not seen on the vehicles developed for actual production.

The car was owned by rally driver Betty Haig and competed in the Great Auclum Speed Trials as well as the Paris to St Raphael Rally. It was there that it triumphed in the 'over two litres' class and gained acclaim for beating two Lancias.

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