03.03.2006 - Cold Cash: Healey Begins Accepting Deposits for Unnamed Speedster

WARWICK, England — HFI Automotive, the British company that recently acquired Healey Automobile Consultants (HAC), which controls the famous Healey brand, is wasting no time in getting a new Healey onto the market.

HFI claims to have "the sole legal right to produce and sell Healey cars in all major markets." Note that it's branding them "Healey," not "Austin Healey"; Rover and its predecessors never owned the Healey name but only licensed it from HAC.

HFI says plans are well advanced for a high-performance sports car "with the DNA of a Healey 3000" in convertible and coupe body styles, as well as a modern replacement for the much loved Healey Sprite small roadster. Further down the line, the range will include several other "niche-market performance vehicles," HFI says. Production locations and manufacturing partners will be announced later.

The company is offering potential customers the opportunity to reserve any chassis number from the first 203 vehicles of the initial production run, in exchange for a deposit of $1,700. Why 203? The offer is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of HAC founder Donald Healey's Bonneville land speed record of 203 mph.

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