TransDev Chairman’s British V8 roars in Malta

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TransDev Chairman’s British V8 roars in Malta

V8 in Mdina Glass Concours D’Elegance, Malta

TransDev’s Chairman Ian Osborne took his 1956 Austin-Healey 100 to the Mdina Glass Concours in Malta, where the ferocious fighter plane livery and V8 turn of pace provided awards and thrills.

Like many classic cars the Austin-Healey has an intriguing history with the main clue in the striking livery. It was converted to V8 power in the Fifties by its first owner, a US airman, who bought it from Austin-Healey’s export department. He then drove it to his airbase in Spain where he flew F-100 interdiction fighters. Following this he then sent it over to the US on a military transport plane. When Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) rules changed, to allow the new wave of small block V8s, the airman swapped the original four-cylinder engine for a Chevrolet V8.

Ian expanded on this by saying, ‘This car predates the AC Cobra – in fact, Carroll Shelby approached Austin-Healey for bodyshells without engines, but they turned him down flat so he went to AC instead. Although Shelby was always going to use a Ford V8, this is similar in spirit.’

Ian and his Austin-Healey, which also features products available from TransDev such as a CONTI Pioneer belt, won Best Overseas Entrant and maintaining the car’s historic image. He collected his trophy wearing a period USAF officer’s uniform. The next day Ian took to the street track on the outskirts of Mdina, coming second in the race for modified sports cars.

Ian Osborne in TransDev Warehouse