[Healeys] Fwd: 1956 Austin-Healey 100M

WILLIAM B LAWRENCE ynotink at msn.com
Thu Aug 2 16:21:30 MDT 2018

I've seen a few cars with the two tone extended to the rear of the fender (sorry wing) with varying results. It has to be tough to get the right line without the swage.

Bill Lawrence

From: Steven Kingsbury <airtightproductions at icloud.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 10:10:58 PM
Cc: Bob Spidell; healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Fwd: 1956 Austin-Healey 100M

I remember talking with Gerry Coker about this in an interview I did with him. He also told me about the design of bringing the swage line past the rear wheel opening. He thought it should end at the opening, but since folks wanted to two tone the cars and needed a line to follow, Donald asked him to continue the line and send his suggestions to the body makers.  And the rest as they say, is history. But if you notice the early cars do not have a swage line that flows past the rear wheel opening.

On Aug 02, 2018, at 02:11 PM, WILLIAM B LAWRENCE <ynotink at msn.com> wrote:


If you have a copy of the Austin Healey 100 service manual take a look at the very first factory illustration on page iii. It shows the correct installation. The story is that Gerry Coker was looking for a detail to break the slab sided aspect of the car by emphasizing the sweep of the swage line to enhance the overall design. He found the shape he wanted by breaking one of his long, narrow pen nibs in half and using that for his model. To place the blunt end of the spear forward would be counter to the overall aesthetic he was looking for. I think of it as an arrow or a spear in flight.

My opinion, but evidently the manufacturer's also.

Bill Lawrence

From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> on behalf of Steven Kingsbury <airtightproductions at icloud.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 2:57:49 AM
To: Bob Spidell
Cc: healeys at autox.team.net<mailto:healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Fwd: 1956 Austin-Healey 100M

Bob, you think the spears are correct on this car? Really? And you're so detailed on your other comments. I don't want to come off as a know it all, because I know very little about these cars, but every factory photo I've ever seen of an Austin Healey doesn't match with this photo from Hyman's car.

On Aug 01, 2018, at 06:55 PM, Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net> wrote:

No, the wing spears are correct.

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