Brit pick – Austin Healey 100/4 v 3000 Mk3, E-type converted to RHD, Capri v Scimitar and restored, repairing cracked cylinder heads
The Big Healey 3000 Mk3 was launched 50 years ago, the final evolution of the original 100/4 sports car. The 100/4 was a parts bin runaway success, earning valuable overseas sales, especially in North America. From first to last, we compare them and decide which is best. E-type Jaguars will always command high prices, but there is a way to grab a bargain. Meet the reader who imported one, converted it tow RHD at the same time as restoring it. Ashley specials are a rare sight but we’ve found a beautifully restored 1172 GT.
Every enthusiast wants to swoon their partner with a classic car present. Meet the man who did just that by buying his wife an Austin A40 for restoration. The Essex V6 engine found fame in many Ford models but also Reliant’s Scimitar. We compare the Scimitar with a Mk1 Capri to see where the Essex is most at home. Not content with creating one revered Le Mans Spitfire, Jigsaw racing went on to create two more. We catch up with them in Part 2 of our exclusive look.
Our Masterclass tech guide is a revelationary look at repairing cracked cylinder heads many would consider scrap. Don’t miss it! We show you how to make new glass runners from suitable steel (car sill) to replace corroded, obsolete originals. Project Traveller sees yet more welding, this time to the driver’s sill and A-post. Triumph Stag Rescue is really coming together now, as Mike fits more key components such as the driveshafts and rear subframe.
Plus, our ever-popular 22-page staff diaries section is packed with more hands-on advice featuring classics owned by the team. We’re joined by our new recruit and his classics including two Austin Healeys. Cars include Morris Minors, Peugeot 205, Austin A40, Davrian Mk8, Jaguar XJ6, RMB Gentry, MGB GT, Midget, Triumph TR6, Triumph Spitfire Mk3, Land Rover, Triumph TR7 Sprint, Peerless GT, VW Cal-look Beetle and more.