Interior Trim & Upholstery Kits for Austin Healey BN1 to BJ8
Since our establishment in 1980, John Skinner (Manufacturing) Limited have been producing replica automotive interior upholstery and trim parts for the Austin Healey ‘Big Healey’ range, including the 100-4, 100-6 and 3000 models. Our dedicated team of trimmers and sewing machinists work from detailed patterns and tooling that we have developed over the years thanks to our close association and feedback from vintage Austin Healey enthusiasts, trimmers and classic car clubs worldwide. As a result we at John Skinners are able to produce interior trim and upholstery to the highest quality levels, and have done for many years to a variety of countries worldwide. We manufacture your interior trim requirements to either items to Original Specification, or a more specialist custom look if you prefer. We cans source original materials solely used by the Healey cars, such as Karvel Carpet; and we are one of the only manufacturers in the world to hold stock of the specialist BJ8 3000 Mark 3 Black/Silver Chrome piping. In addition to this we also have the correct high frequency weld tools to enable us to emboss the patterns that were used on the BJ8 Panels and Seat Covers.
The Austin Healey BN1, the first of the ‘Big Healeys’ 100 series, also known as Healey 100-4, was developed by Donald Healey and produced at Warwick and Longbridge in 1953, 1954 & 1955. The BN1 was a 2 Seater Convertible Soft Top car, and it is understood that production numbers were between 10,030 (Robson, 1981) and 10,688 (Clausager, 1990).
In August 1955 the Austin Healey BN2 (100-4) model was introduced by Donald Healey at the Longbridge factory production line. The main difference from its predecessor was the gearbox clutch housing which changed the styling of the carpet around this area. Production ran from 1955 to July 1956, during which time approximately 3,924 (Robson, 1981) and 4,604 (Clausager, 1990) were delivered.
During 1956, Donald Healey introduced the updated Austin Healey BN4 (100-6) model. This was the first of their 4 Seater Convertible Soft Top models to it the production line. (Pre 68,959). The majority of these models were made at their “Longbridge” factory, before the switch was made to their “Abingdon” factory in April 1958. A total of 6,045 (Longbridge built) and 4,241 (Abingdon built) models were produced in 1956, 1957, 1958, and 1959.
After the Austin Healey factory production line moved to its Abingdon unit during 1958, they also introduced the 100-6 BN6 Big Healey. This was a 2 Seater Convertible model and featured elements of both the BN1/2 Two Seater and BN4 Four Seater models previously manufactured by Healey. Production ran from March 1958 to the same month in 1959, producing a reported 4,150 cars during this period (Robson, 1981).
The year of 1959 saw the Abingdon built Two Seater Convertible Austin Healey BN7 introduced under the general of the Healey 3000 Mark 1. The Austin Healey 3000 models reflected an increase in engine size, amongst other changes. Produced during 1959, 1960, and 1961 the BN7 model saw 2,825 MK1 models produced, with a further 355 Mark 2 models being made during 1961 and 1962.
During the same period as the BN7 Two Seater Convertible, Donald Healey also commission the 4 Seater Convertible 3000 Mark 1/2 BT7 model. Manufactured during 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962, a total of 15,921 models were delivered, with the majority being export deliveries. The majority of the interior trim was the same as the Abingdon built BN4 (100-6) model, with some subtle differences around the gearbox area.
The Abingdon factory commissioned another Four Seater Convertible to their Austin Healey 3000 range, dubbed the BJ7 (3000 Mark 2). This model varied quite a bit internally from its predecessor, the BT7. During 1962 and 1963, a total of 6,113 BJ7 models were manufactured, again with the majority being shipped to North America.
The six year period between 1963 to 1968 saw the mass production of possibly the most famous of the Austin Healey cars, with the 3000 Mark 3 BJ8 model. It was a 4 Seater Convertible and featured slightly modified trim, including the introduction of embossed “welded” patterns on the Vinyl Seats and Quarter Panels. A total of 17,712 BJ8 cars were produced, with approximately 1,390 being classified as Phase 1, and the rest as Phase 2 models.
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