Update: For Auction: Austin-Healey 100-4 Coupe
Offered in this years Amelia Island Auction, a Austin-Healey 100/4 (Fastback-)Coupe. A styling never made by the company, never for sale.
Caravelle Hardtop Window - Steel Roof
The windshield from a Healey 3000 Mk III convertible and the rear window from a Renault Caravelle hardtop, turned upside down, dictated lines and proportions. Ralph built a full-scale wood buck over which California Metal Shaping, who were making bodies for Carroll Shelby’s AC Cobra Daytona Coupes at the same time, formed the custom top and bootlid out of 18-gauge steel. Gil’s Auto Body Shop, a custom shop in East Los Angeles, did the final welding and assembly, including frenched-in taillights.
60s Trend - Fastback Coupe
Although never produced, this Healey represents the fastback trend of the 60s. There are numerous examples of one-off cars, like the SRX 210 MGA Twin Cam that with a steel made Fastback-Coupe styling raced privately entered in Le Mans every year between 1959 and 1961, with a first in class and 12th overall result in 1960.
Companies like Lenham, J&P, SAH or Ashley realized the possibilities and produced light fastback fiberglass hardtops for the new generation of small sportscar, Triumph Spitfire or MGB. It was affordable, fast and easy to mount, or dismount, if you wanted your roadster feeling.
Today fastback hardtops are getting more appreciated, the early and rare types are sought after, but the cars are not as exclusively as their period correct steel made one-off coupes, as they start to appear in the biggest auctions of the world.
The trend didn't went by unnoticed, MG added the MGB GT in 1965 to the portfolio, styled on the MGB Roadster by pininfarina. The second example, the Triumph Spitfire, didn't get it's GT version, but the even stronger 6 cylinder GT6. Therefore Fastback hardtops for the Spitfire kept selling and more companies and designs appeared on the market.
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