[Healeys] Fwd: 1956 Austin-Healey 100M

Steven Kingsbury airtightproductions at icloud.com
Fri Aug 3 07:15:32 MDT 2018

The paint job you're talking about here would look rather odd and I've never seen one like that either. What I was talking about is the actual swage line in the metal. My car is one color, as were most of the early cars because as Gerry said, that's just the way the British did them. The rear "wing" was smooth. No crease in the metal. That made the two tone paint job more difficult as there was no line to follow. And so Donald asked Gerry to design and show the body guys where the crease should be made in the actual metal so painters would have a built in line to follow.  Make sense now?  

On Aug 03, 2018, at 02:27 AM, Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net> wrote:

OK, now I'm even more confused than usual; I have never seen any two-tone car with the bottom color stopped at the rear wheel well (is that what we're talking about?).  That would be sorta like the early 'Vettes, which had a small, oval 'cove' that looped from the front wheel well back to in front of the rear wheel well and back.

I can attest that, even with the swage line, it is difficult to get a smooth, continuous line from behind the front wheel well to the back of the rear shroud.


On 8/2/2018 3:21 PM, WILLIAM B LAWRENCE wrote:
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

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