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The Austin-Healey automobiles were produced from 1953 to 1971. The name Austin-Healey was formed by a partnership comprising the designer Donald Mitchell Healey and the manufacturer Austin Company of Longbridge, Birmingham. The first series were 4-cylinder three-speed transmissions using an Austin A-90 engine. These were known as the 100 Series. In 1956 Austin- Healey introduced the 6-cylinder 102 hp four-speed to compete with the Triumph TR Series. Between 1956 and 1968 horsepower gradually increased to 150 for competitive purposes. The 3000 Series was discontinued in 1968, a victim of tougher American regulations. However the smaller Sprite model continued for three more years.