England is a small nation with a large population that has produced an outsized proportion of the world's great ales, men's clothing, rock bands, and cars. What is the most quintessentially British car to emerge from that scepter'd isle?

Donald Healey CBE is one of the great underappreciated patrons of automobile enthusiasm. He was able to convince the very proper head of the Austin vehicle concern to support his effort to create a car that existed, really, just for the joy of driving. Using fairly normal Austin A40 mechanicals draped with a classically gorgeous body, the Austin-Healey 100 (and later 3000) defined British motoring for a generation: harsh ride, minimal creature comforts, debatable practicality, and endless fun.

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