Although it was considered to be a totally separate model from the 100 Six, it was basically the same car with a bigger engine and improved brakes. It became known as the “Big Healey” and didn’t alter much from its debut in 1959 until the end of Production in 1967, leaving its mark in many European Competitions along the way.
The stylish sportscar with a rugged personality had a ladder-frame chassis with a front suspension consisting of dual control arms, coil springs and lever-actuated hydraulic dampers and a live axle in the back with semi-elliptical leaf springs. The MKI’s 3.0-litre OHV six-cylinder mated to a four speed manual made 124 horses. Produced in two trims — a two-seater and a 2+2 (the latter’s rear seats proved to be a tight squeeze) — the MKII which came in 1961 upped power to 132 horses, but the triple carbs proved a pain to tune. The final iteration, the MkIII, wasn’t a stripped down roadster anymore — it was the most luxurious of all featuring wire wheels, leather seats and a full wood dash with new instrumentation. Best of all, it made 150 horses and is the most sought after of all the Big Healeys. Most were shipped to the US and a mint condition example fetches as much as Dh400,000. Well worth it for this British brute.