1975 Healey 1000/4
Registration no. JUY 841N
Frame no. HEA105
Engine no. CNML1825JH
As the supply of Square Four spares dwindled, Redditch-based 'Squariel' enthusiasts the Healey brothers George and Tim began manufacturing parts, a venture that became a full-time business in 1967. The Healeys wanted to offer an updated Square Four as a complete motorcycle and turned to Roger Slater, who had obtained the UK manufacturing rights to Fritz Egli's spine-type frame. Metal Profiles supplied the front fork, while the large drum brakes were sourced from Italy. Later versions had disc brakes and cast alloy wheels. The Healeys claimed that their new 1000/4 produced 50bhp, some ten horsepower more than the old Square Four, and weighed 80lbs less, all of which added up to a measurable improvement in performance. Hand built in small numbers, the Healey 1000/4 was expensive to make and demand was necessarily limited. Production petered out towards the end of the 1970s.
This rare Healey 1000/4 was purchased by the current (third) owner in July 1984 and has covered only 3,383 miles from new. Benefiting from a complete engine rebuild, undertaken by the owner in 2010, the machine is described as in generally excellent condition and offered with V5C registration document and expired MoT (August 2012). A hydraulic rear brake and instrument binnacle with oil pressure gauge are the only notified deviations from factory specification.
- The vendor is the second owner of the machine.