Rare Healey 100S Comes to the Chateau

Tuesday 7 July 2015

Richard Plant, 57, is looking forward to putting his rare Austin-Healey 100S, which he only bought a year ago, through its paces at the event.

Made from aluminium, with no bumpers or hood and a plastic windscreen, the Healey 100S was built for speed. It came second in the Frederick Dixon trophy in 1955, driven by its first owner, David Shale. The car went on to be owned by Tony Lanfranchi, who raced prolifically during the late 1950s. In period it raced all over the UK, winning a large number of races.

The Healey then spent 42 years being preserved and maintained as part of the Arthur Carter collection of Healeys. It returned to racing about 10 years ago and has competed in many races, rallies and tours, including the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and the Mille Miglia.

Only 50 Healey 100Ss were made, with just 38 believed to be in existence today. This particular model is unusual in that it has an Aston Martin gearbox and is British racing green, rather than the standard colouring of white over lobelia blue. Both features were changed almost from new by David Shale.

Richard has been competing for 15 years and usually races Morgan cars. He has taken part in over 200 races in Morgans, with the Morgan Motor Company Challenge title being his best win.

With so few Healey 100Ss left in the world, it will be a real treat to see this one in action. We wish Richard the very best of luck for the weekend.

  • Healey 100S at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
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