[Healeys] Badges (was: Re: Paint type and color)

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Sat Oct 20 09:22:05 MDT 2018

There is also variation in repop badge stampings (I hijacked this thread 
for Michael).  Note in the photo that the top badge has the lettering 
raised with the letters having flat tops and vertical sides, whereas in 
the bottom badge the lettering is rounded--as would appear in a 
cross-section--and the letters are skinnier. To me, the former is much 
more appealing; but when ordering from different vendors it's a crapshoot.

On 10/20/2018 2:48 AM, Patrick & Caroline Quinn wrote:
> Hello Michael
> A piece of trivia that has interested me.
> From looking at quite a few cars I believe that it was with the 
> introduction of the BJ7. The flat Austin-Healey badge was phased out 
> with the end of the 3000 Mk1 and the Mk2 BT7/BN7 was equipped with the 
> raised badge, but it was still Austin-Healey. With the BJ7 it was 
> Austin Healey.
> Why? That’s a mystery of life.
> Hoo Roo
> Patrick Quinn
> Blue Mountains, Australia
> *From:*Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] *On Behalf Of 
> *Michael Oritt
> *Sent:* Saturday, 20 October 2018 8:08 AM
> *To:* Steve Byers
> *Cc:* Austin Healey
> *Subject:* Re: [Healeys] Paint type and color
> Without trying to hijack this thread perhaps I can get the ansdwer to 
> a question I have been wondering about for a long time:  Does anyone 
> know what drove the badge change from "Austin-Healey" on the early 
> cars to "Austin Healey" on later cars?  While I know there is often no 
> rhyme nor reason for variations in Healey equipment, etc. it appears 
> that once the change was made it stayed that way and thus it appears 
> to have been an intentional decision.
> I have heard one  explanation that the badge supplier mistakenly left 
> out the hyphen and in order to get a break in price BMC accepted the 
> order and stuck with the new badge design.  This smacks of cynical 
> humor but perhaps it is true.
> Can anyone shed any light here?
> Best--Michael Oritt
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