The Austin-Healey 100 is a sports car that was built by Austin-Healey
from 1953 until 1956.
Based on Austin A90 Atlantic mechanicals, it was developed by Donald
Healey to be produced in-house by his small Healey car company in
Warwick. Healey built a single Healey Hundred for the 1952 London
Motor Show, and the design impressed Leonard Lord, managing director of
Austin, who was looking for a replacement for the unsuccessful A90. Body
styling was by Gerry Coker, the chassis was designed by Barry Bilbie
with longitudinal members and cross bracing producing a comparatively
stiff structure upon which to mount the body, innovatively welding the
front bulkhead to the frame for additional strength. In order to keep
the overall vehicle height low the rear axle was underslung, the chassis
frame passing under the rear axle assembly.