New British manufacturer Caton introduced its debut model. It is a Restomod of the Austin-Healey 100/4 sports car, produced between 1953 and 1956. The roadster has a new body, a Bridge of Weir leather interior, and a more powerful engine. Caton’s partners include the Envisage Group engineering and J.M.E Healeys, which has been servicing, repairing, and restoring original Austin-Healeys for over 40 years.
Caton was founded by leading members of the Envisage Group engineering staff, and its goal is to resurrect iconic British models of the past. Envisage’s projects already include an electric NAWA Racer cafГ© cruiser, a Jaguar D-Type Continuation roadster, and a Rayo supercar based on a Lamborghini Huracan chassis. But now the portfolio will be replenished by Healey by Caton – Restomod Austin-Healey 100/4, produced between 1953 and 1956.
Caton’s technical partner J.M.E Healeys, which has been servicing, repairing, and restoring original Austin-Healeys for more than 40 years, will be assisting in the construction of the Healey. The Restomod will have a sleeker bodywork with voluminous rear wings and a bigger overhang at the front, with the body, first hand-formed from aluminum on a roller-drawing machine and then transferred to a CAD model.
Under the hood of the Healey by Caton will be installed “four” with a working volume of 2954 cubic centimeters. It is a lighter and upgraded version of the standard Austin-Healey 100/4 engine, equipped with two H8 carburetors, a camshaft with a more aggressive cam profile, pistons with increased compression ratio, and an all-steel crankshaft. Output is 188 bhp and 264 Nm, twice as much as in the 100/4. The only known dynamic data is the top speed of 161 kilometers per hour.
Instead of 3-speed “mechanics” with an inconvenient lever, the restored will use the 5-speed gearbox of a modern model. There will be a leaf spring suspension in the rear, but J.M.E. Healeys decided to add shock absorbers to improve drivability. In front – the peppered levers and adjustable struts. The roadster is 30 kg heavier than the Austin Healey 100/4 and weighs 920 kg.
Inside, the pedal assembly and transmission tunnel have been changed, and the door pockets now accommodate a bottle of water. There will be no multimedia system even for an extra charge, as well as the heater, but you can put a few USB ports to charge gadgets. The seats, doors, dashboard, and center tunnel are upholstered in hand-selected Bridge of Weir leather.