It’s time to seek out house for an additional reimagined basic sports activities automobile in your lottery-win storage. The Healey by Caton is what occurs when the Austin Healey 100 of 1953 is reborn with the exacting engineering knowhow of the twenty first century.
It can also be the primary product of a newly fashioned luxurious British design firm known as Caton, which is part of Envisage Group, a bespoke engineering providers firm based in 2009.
Rather than a newly-built ‘continuation’ automobile, like these seen from Jaguar, Aston Martin and Bentley lately, the Healey by Caton retains an unique Healey’s determine. Caton then blends new and previous manufacturing strategies – the latter together with use of an English Wheel to roll the automobile’s aluminum physique panels – to provide a automobile that resembles the Fifties’ unique, however is sort of all new.
When seen in isolation, with solely the obscure picture of an unique Austin Healey in my thoughts’s eye, the Healey by Caton appears very acquainted. But a look at an image of an unique shortly modifications this angle.
The reincarnated Healey is identical measurement as earlier than, however appears wider and extra aggressive, due to the dearth of a entrance bumper, neater entrance fenders with their beads and seams eliminated, and wider rear fenders that give the impression of fatter tires and due to this fact larger efficiency.
It’s a neat visible trick that makes the automobile appear extra highly effective, whereas retaining the dainty proportions of a seventy-year-old, two-seat British sports activities automobile. Modern prospers embrace LED lighting entrance and rear, and a trunk lid fastened with inside hinges connected to fuel struts and operated with a distant key fob.
Tim Strafford, CEO of Envisage Group, a strategic associate of Caton, mentioned: “The Healey by Caton is a car for those who appreciate beautiful objects and exquisite works of art. It is also for those who love the smell of petrol and the sound of a high-performance engine running on carburettors.”
With regard to efficiency Caton is staying near the unique. This isn’t any pumped-up hotrod; as a substitute, the automobile is designed to be loved at authorized speeds on the general public highway – one thing that’s more and more uncommon amongst immediately’s high-performance vehicles. The Healey is powered by a four-cylinder, 2,954cc engine producing a modest 185bhp and 195 ft/lbs of torque, and mated to a brand new, five-speed transmission.
There’s additionally a side-exit exhaust, on the motive force’s aspect for enhanced acoustics, and enlarged Twin H8 carburettors – the latter a distinctly old-fashioned addition for a automobile in-built 2022.
Suspension setup stays true to the unique, with double wishbones on the entrance and semi-elliptic leaf springs on the rear. The steering is unassisted, simply because it at all times was, and there’s nothing in the best way of driver aids like ABS or traction management. However, bigger and extra highly effective brakes will come as welcome aid to anybody acquainted with driving vehicles from the Fifties.
The inside is all-new however designed to sympathetically resemble the unique. The greatest modifications embrace the relocation of the gearstick from the aspect of the transmission tunnel to a extra typical place, centrally and atop the tunnel.
A way of elevated house is achieved with new door playing cards that carve deeply into the door itself to boost elbow room and permit house for storing a water bottle. Caton says a brand new pedal field contributes to the automobile now accommodating drivers over six ft tall – one thing the unique struggled with.
There’s no stereo or touchscreen show to pollute the purity of the automobile’s classic cabin, however a pair of USB ports, hidden beneath the central arm relaxation, are supplied as an possibility.
Just 25 examples are to be constructed, with the value being within the area of $520,000, inclusive of the donor automobile however not together with native taxes. Those fortunate people can choose no matter exterior shade they like, and are given free rein for the inside too. On the subject of personalisation, Caton says it’ll welcome prospects on a “highly personal, one-to-one basis” to its Coventry, England headquarters as frequently as every requires.
Caton additionally says how the 25 patrons of the reimagined Healey can “add completely bespoke and personal touches to any aspect of the car, from the exterior paint to interior materials and trim.”
Production is about to scheduled to start within the second quarter of 2022 and the automobile will make its international public debit on the Salon Privé London occasion on 21-23 April.