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