On this day in auto history - January 13th

Mon 13th Jan 2020

It was on this day in 1988 that celebrated English car designer Donald Healey passed away at the age of 89.

The Cornishman had been one of the giants of British motoring having made a name for himself in rally driving before finding worldwide due to the creation of the Austin-Healey sports car marque in a joint-venture with Austin Motors.

Helped by the phenomenal success of the Austin-Healey 100 - one of first ‘affordable, high-performance sports cars - Austin-Healey became a giant brand in the 1950’s and enjoyed plenty of success on the race track along the way.

Donald Healey was to later form his own design consultancy and, after his association with Austin’s parent company (BMC) ended in 1967, he was to enjoy a lengthy chairmanship of Jensen Motors during which time he received a CBE.