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

Mirek Sharp m.g.sharp at sympatico.ca
Sat Oct 20 21:05:03 MDT 2018

I think that the hyphen was dropped to identify more closely with the flair of Aston Martin (which is not hyphenated) and distance themselves from the pretentiousness of Rolls-Royce (which is hyphenated).  (my tongue is stuck firmly in my cheek.)




From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Bob Spidell
Sent: October-20-18 11:22 AM
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: [Healeys] Badges (was: Re: Paint type and color)


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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