Healeys at the Classic Motor Show NEC Birmingham 2022

This is a special report created for the benefit of Healey enthusiasts who subscribe to CSI. On Friday 11th November, I had the privilege of attending the annual Classic Motor Show held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The purpose of my visit was to photograph those cars that caught my eye, with a bias towards rare ones and then to publish a report on the CSI website. Since my involvement with the Healey Motor Company Archive, owned by the Warwickshire County Record Office, I always seek out Healey cars that are being exhibited at any event I attend. 

The Birmingham Classic Car Show is always a happy hunting ground for those seeking Healey cars, via the presence of the Midget and Sprite Club (MASC) and the Austin Healey Club exhibition stands. It was on those stands that I saw the majority of the cars shown below. However, we start off with a car that was, somewhat incredulously, being displayed on the Historic Marathon Rally Group stand –

Warren Kennedy’s Healey X5

1950 Healey X5 (Nash Healey) Nash 3.8 Ltr. straight six engine. Raced at Le Mans.
1950 Healey X5 (Nash Healey) Nash 3.8 Ltr. straight six engine. Raced at Le Mans. It has recently been offered for sale and could be yours for a mere £M1.2!

1950 Healey X5 (Nash Healey) Nash 3.8 Ltr. straight six engine. Raced at Le Mans. Rear

Midget and Sprite Cub Stand

Midget and Sprite Club stand at the Classic Motor Show, NEC Birmingham 2022

A Special Mk.I Sprite with a steel bonnet built at the BMC South African factory
A Special Mk.I Sprite with a steel bonnet built at the BMC South African factory.

A Special Mk.I Sprite with a steel bonnet built at the BMC South African factory. Rear

'Rollhard' Mk.I Sprite
‘Rollhard’ Mk.I Sprite
Mk. III Midget in racing trim
Mk. III Midget in racing trim

Mk. III Midget in racing trim. Rear

Mk. I Sebring Sprite raced by Oxford Universities Motorsport Foundation
Mk. I Sebring Sprite raced by Oxford Universities Motorsport Foundation

AUSTIN HEALEY CLUB STAND

1954 Austin Healey !00 BN1 with special features inclding wing (fender) vents registered by DMHC and possibly used as a demonstrtion car
1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1 with special features including wing (fender) vents, registered by DMHC and possibly used as a demonstration car.

Austin Healey 100 BN 1 with wing vents

1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1 restored and modified to 'Le Mans' spec. by Gerald Stevenson. A truly amazing car!
1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1 restored and modified to ‘Le Mans’ spec. by Gerald Stevenson. A truly amazing car!

Jensen Owners Club Stand

The JOC was celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Jensen C-V8 and the 50th Anniversary of the Jensen-Healey
The JOC was celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Jensen C-V8 and the 50th Anniversary of the Jensen-Healey.

Jensen-Healey on the JOC stand at the Classic Motor Show November 2022

Jensen-Healey on the JOC stand at the Classic Motor Show November 2022. Rear

If you would like to see more, mostly British cars, across the ages, that were on display at this show click on the images below –

Classic Motor Show Report – Part One

Classic Motor Show 2022 Report Part One

Part Two

Classic Motor Show 2022

 

Nick

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