Hearing that GBSCC has been negotiating to buy the rights to the Austin-Healey name brought a wry smile to my face. The main reason for my amusement over the whole issue is that the Financial Times has reported that GBSCC is trying to negotiate a deal with Nanjing for the rights to the name – and yet, as far as I understand, the only rights MG Rover ever had to the name were for the distribution of spare parts.
Nope, as far as I understand, GBSCC will need to talk to the Healey family if they want to sell cars wearing the hallowed name. That shouldn’t be such a hug obstacle to success, because the last time I looked into the issue, the family was prepared for MG Rover to use the name, as long as the price was right and the quality was up to scratch.
That shouldn’t be a major issue on both counts, because using elements of the X12 (MG ZT 260) platform and lumpy (if not lightweight) Ford V8 engines, the progamme would definitely be a goer. In fact, under Project Viking, this has been looked at for some time.The other reason for my amusement has that many people have began to whisper that GBSCC is closely tied to the Phoenix Four (who still happily trade), and much earlier this year, I had a conversation with another magazine News Editor who came to the conclusion that any Austin-Healey project would make, ‘a nice retirement plan’, for the P4.
Is it the case that this is now happening?
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