Austin hyphen Healey was a marque in its own right. It is always listed
separately from Austin, who were merely the manufacturers. It was not a model
of Austin, like the Westminster, and I think the fiercely proud Healey family
would be horrified at the suggestion.
BMC paid royalties to the Healey family on every Austin-Healey sold until
1970, when the agreement made in 1952 ran out. For 1971 the Austin-Healey
Sprite Mk IV became simply the Austin Sprite, at which point it was indeed a
'model' of Austin. One thousand of these were made before the Sprite name was
dropped in favour of the Midget.
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