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The Healey Factory

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 31st 2019
Where dreams can come true
The sign says it all.

Before I qualified for a driving licence, I dreamed of owning a sports car. You know, one of those cars that the soft top could be removed or folded down for open-air motoring.

Car showroom
The impressive shop window.

In my day, as a youth, sports cars were the fastest vehicles on the road. I achieved my dream three times, but alas a baby does not fit into a two-seat car.

Austin Healey
Drool material.

Now, of a more mature age, the dream has returned, and can be achieved, at a price, at the Healey Factory.

A 1960s vintage MGA.

The Healy Factory operated in Ringwood for 24 years, before moving to the current Mitcham site in 2012. It is highly visible as you pass it in Whitehorse Road. Owner Rob, initially specialised in Austin Healeys but has now broadened into a classic sports car specialist.

Austin Healey
Naturally Healeys featured in the showroom.

Wandering through the showroom, memories and images of the past come flooding back seeing cars such as MG, Triumph, Austin Healy, Jaguar, Sunbeam, Lotus and many others sitting before you, all in pristine showroom condition.

Sports cars.
Take your pick

The Healy Factory has a staff of 27 who have a wealth of racing, rallying and car building experience and are mostly Classic Car owning enthusiasts.

Their tradesmen include mechanics, body makers, panel beaters, welders, automotive painters, fitter and turners and toolmakers. Most of the staff have vast experience beyond their trade, skills learnt from enthusiasm to do things better.

Austin Healey
A Healey receiving some TLC in the well equipped workshop.

Sports car.
Under restoration.

Not only does the Healy Factory sell cars, they service them, repair them, and have a huge range of spare parts.

Car showroom.
A large range of spare parts are available from the spare parts counter.

The Healy Factory is well worth a visit. It shows what motoring was like in the 1960s and allows the more mature to drool over their boyhood dreams. The staff don't mind you just dropping in for a look, as long as you don't drool onto the showroom quality condition of all their cars.

My drooling commenced before I set foot inside the showroom. In the window was a Triumph TR-5. I owned one in 1969. Brand new, it cost me around $4000. I eagerly read the price tag. $75,000. Shattered dreams, but I promised the salesman I would return, the day after I won the lottery. "I've heard that before," he replied. One day I hope to make both our dreams come true.

Triumph TR-5.
Triumph TR-5.

TR-5 cockpit.
Memories of many miles sitting here.

If I did win the lottery I would also buy an E Type Jaguar, the only car I dreamed about, but didn't own, although I did get to drive one once.

E Type Jaguar.
E Type Jaguar - super dream material.

If your dreams don't match your budget, a MGB could be affordable, at around $17,000. Division two in Tattslotto would give you a good you a good deposit on one
Take it from me, open-air motoring is a unique and different experience. The sounds, the smells and the scenery are all increased, as is the wind in the hair, if you have any left. An experience to remember is driving at night with the top down after a very hot day is pure ecstasy. Natural air conditioning.

Even if you only have a passing interest in motoring of yesterday, the Healey Factory is worth a visit.
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When: Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 5.30 pm. Friday & Saturday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Phone: 9872-2900
Where: 646 Whitehorse Rd Service Rd, Mitcham VIC 3132
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As always another great post. I will take the probus club for a visit early next year, David J
by johns (score: 2|142) 909 days ago
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