The Restoration of the First Production Austin Healey
Update July 2001
Above, Mike Lewis from M&G Vintage Car Restorations
ponders the task at hand.
The image above, shows the difference between the original
front wing on left and the reproduction. While the reproduction is correct
for later cars, note the dramatically different profile when compared to
this early panel. Below a template is taken from the original wing to assist
in the modifications to the reproduction panel.
The condition of the original left wing, illustrates
why it was decided to use reproductions.
Templates are taken from the original wing to assist
in the modification of the reproductions. The template highlights the difference
in length from the top edge of the wing to the top of the wheel arch. This
is another common point of variation on BN1 panels, even in the later steel
Once again, the image above highlights the extent of
modification required to make panels fit the car. It is interesting to
note that the BN1 series of cars are as close as Healey's come to being
hand built cars. The panels vary dimensionally far more than the later
cars and can cause a great deal extra work when attempting to use a panel
from another car. I would speculate that this may be due to Jensen's ironing
out of the problems involved in producing panels from the low cast tooling
used for their production.