The Cooper Healey is based on running gear which is essentially standard BMW 325i, which translates to a car that just feels so right. Rolling on Firestone 195/65x15 tyres, it rides and handles with a classic feel yet everything operates with a modern feel of solidity and robustness. With the engine almost mid-mounted, overall balance is excellent. There is plenty of feedback through the unassisted MotoLita steering wheel, which is mounted on a splined hub on the fixed angle column. Even without ABS (it could be an option in the future), the brakes still provide strong and easily modulated stopping power.
The end result is a sports car with all the looks, feel, sensations and all-round charisma of a classic British roadster combined with the mechanical reliability of a modern, proven and inspirational sporting power-train for similar money to what a top class original Austin-Healey would cost. Purists may bemoan such a combination, but to dismiss the Cooper Healey on the grounds of originality would be to miss out on what is a very appealing amalgam of sports car excellence.