[Healeys] Healey MK.IV ADO51 ADO52 + MGC?

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Fri Sep 1 21:23:13 MDT 2017

Looks like this is a unique piece of Healey history.  Sorry, Peter, you 
need to donate this to the Healey Musem immediately.


On 9/1/2017 5:38 PM, HealeyRick wrote:
> Very interesting.  Bob is right, ADO 51 and ADO 52 were the 
> badge-engineered MG/Austin-Healey products that were to replace the 
> Austin-Healey BJ8.  ADO 51 was to be the Healey variant until DMH put 
> the kibosh on it.  A picture is attached. It was supposed to be the Mk 
> IV, although after ADO 51 was dumped, the Rolls-Healey became known as 
> the Mk IV.  ADO 52 went on to being the MG-C, which evidenced DMH's 
> foresight in canning it as the next Healey.
> I'm surprised BMC got as far along with the project to start producing 
> replacement gasket sets under the ADO 51 numbering.
> I've written an article on the end of big Healey production that goes 
> into greater depth on why the car ended production when it did, and it 
> wasn't US safety regs as most of us have always thought.  You'll have 
> to wait until the Nov. issue of Healey Marque to read it, though.
> Rick Neville
> On Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 5:41 PM, Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net 
> <mailto:bspidell at comcast.net>> wrote:
>     I think the AH 3000 'Mk. IV' was going to be a badge-engineered
>     MGC, until DMH put the kabosch on the idea, no?  Maybe the gasket
>     co. jumped the gun.
>     Bob
>     On 9/1/2017 12:27 PM, Peter Caldwell wrote:
>>     I am about to list on eBay a head gasket set with unusual
>>     packaging, I think.  Adds confusion to the comparison of Healey
>>     and MGC engines?
>>     Peter C

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