Well-known Knysna resident, Ricky Cooper, was approached by a company to build a fibreglass reproduction of the Austin Healey. After the first year they decided to "go their separate ways" and produce these car on their own.
"We have been involved with the building of classic cars for about 25 years and have built up a reputation with old cars," explained Cooper. "We decided to proceed with building these vehicles as they are very sought after and most people have owned one at some time in their lives, and it brings back so many memories.
"When building the cars we try to keep it as original as possible with the standard models (Austin Healey). It is still up to the client out there to change and add optional extras," said Cooper.
Marck Cooper, Ricky’s son, builds the chassis and all the mechanical work on the car. "Together we produce an awesome product," said Ricky. He further explained that they did not refer to the vehicle as a replica, but as their own car, "a Cooper Healey and Austin Healey with a twist""
In conclusion Cooper said: "Once we get our production going we will be exporting them to the United States and Europe." The Cooper Healey sells in the region of R335 000.