It is in fact, IMHO a HOS (heap of ........) It looks cheap and garish and
look a cheap kit car. I have seen a few of these over a number of years and
they just plain look horrid. As someone who has also seen a big Healey that
was custom modified (went down like a lead balloon at a Healey meet) there is
still no comparasion. You need to perhaps, actually see the car to
appreciate how awful it is.
Now, the new Mini is a car that looks just right.
As for Beamer, if they are going to resurrect any name, it will be one they
do own (and they cannot use the Healey name any more than Austin could after
the agreement expired) it will RILEY and they have said as much. I think it
is just the ill-informed non-motoring or amateur motoring press that
speculate about a return of Austin-Healey (in complete ignorance of the
history of the Healey name).
In a message dated 27/02/01 11:29:37 Pacific Standard Time,
<< <<The HMC Sports Car is an evocative replica of the classic Healey Sports
Car but with all the advantages of modern engineering and refinement. "It's
a replica that honours the original rather than debases its legacy" -
Autocar Feb '99. The HMC marque is internationally recognised as one of the
finest reproduction motor cars hand-built today. >>
It is NOT a "Healey" .