2019 Healy Enigma

Highlights


  • Low mileage
  • Just 1 keeper
  • Excellent condition
  • The perfect car for the summer
  • A real head turner


The Appeal


Produced by Healey Designs, the Enigma is a very interesting vehicle. The Enigma utilizes the ever-reliable Mazda MX5 as the base for the car, with a bespoke chassis and stylish GRP bodywork. This combination results in the reliability and performance of Mazda’s flagship sports car, with the class and attention to detail of a hand-built car.

This particular example is in fantastic condition and has been built to a high standard by its current keeper. As these vehicles are seldom seen in the UK, they tend to turn heads wherever they venture, presenting buyers with the chance to own a truly interesting and exclusive vehicle. 

The History and Paperwork


  • IVA certified
  • Will come with a full year’s MOT
  • Previous invoices for parts
  • Magazine featured kit car
  • Dry stored in a garage 
  • 2 Keys
  • V5C present

This Enigma is rather significant, as built by the current owner as the first Mk3 Healey Enigma kit, with support from the factory. The car utilises a low mileage Mazda MX5 NC as the donor for the project, which had just 39,000 miles on the clock. The current keeper insisted on doing the majority of the work himself and, with support from Healey Designs for fitting the engine, produced a fantastic result. 

Since being built and receiving IVA, the car has been dry stored in the garage and now awaits a new home, leaving the current keeper to enjoy a new project.

Buyers will be pleased to know that this tasty Healey Enigma comes with a great collection of paperwork, including the V5C document, magazine features, and previous invoices. The invoices make note of parts purchased for the build, such as an Exedy clutch kit and the Team Dynamics wheels. 

The Interior


  • Superb condition
  • Custom seats and upholstery
  • Manual folding roof
  • Custom Enigma floor mats
  • Pioneer head unit with Apple Car Play
  • Front and rear dashcams

The interior of this unique kit car is in fantastic condition, and as a result of its creator’s attention to detail, sports a few custom touches. 

Although the Enigma is hardly a common vehicle, the current owner chose to stand out from the crowd and installed custom red and cream upholstery. The result is a fantastically eye-catching interior that suits both the sporty and classy nature of the car. As expected given how little the car has been driven since being built, both front seats are in excellent condition, showing no signs of wear. The door cards and carpet follow suit, as do the steering wheel, gear gaiter, dashboard, dials, and all controls. 

One rather interesting point worth noting is just how easy the roof mechanism is to operate. You’re just one central latch away from enjoying the breeze in your hair, making this Enigma one of the easiest convertibles to live with and enjoy. 

The Exterior


  • Gorgeous retro styling
  • Excellent condition
  • 18” Team Dynamics Monza R alloys
  • Mohair soft-top roof

A sleek bonnet scoop, vented front panels and sweeping lines give the Enigma a very sporty appearance, with the rear of the vehicle paying homage to the Austin Healey 3000. Packed with curvy lines and bold styling, the Enigma is a modern road vehicle with buckets of classic character. 

This particular Enigma is in fantastic condition and shows off its grey paintwork very well. With only a few minor defects in the paintwork, the car presents well and boasts what is surely one of the finest kit car finishes. Headlights, tail lights, trim pieces, and details follow suit, showing no signs of damage or age. 

Being a convertible, the mohair soft top is, of course, one of the main features we’re interested in. Fortunately, the roof is in great condition, with no rips or tears. 

The car sits comfortably on a set of 18” Team Dynamics Monza R wheels, which fill the arches very well and only add to the car’s sporty stance. The wheels are wrapped in a set of Maxxis VS01 with plenty of tread left for the lucky new owner to enjoy. 

The Mechanics


  • Full working order
  • Drives fantastically
  • 2.0L inline four-cylinder
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Dyno tuned to 149.2hp, with printouts
  • Stainless steel cat-back exhaust
  • Mazda MX5 reliability

As these quirky kit cars utilise the ever-dependable Mazda MX5 platform, they closely follow the Japanese roadster’s fantastic handling characteristics and excel on country roads. With an impressive power to weight ratio, it's not uncommon for these cars to keep up with even the most purpose-built performance cars on twisty lanes, surprising many an enthusiast. 

This particular example fires up right away and drives perfectly. Equipped with a long-life stainless steel cat-back exhaust system, this Enigma also emits a tasteful note, that fills you with excitement as you rev through the gears. 

With no known mechanical or electrical issues, this Healey Enigma is sure to be the perfect top-down toy for the upcoming summer. 

Summary


As the rather on-the-nose name may imply, the Healey Enigma is truly a unique vehicle. 

The vehicle offers a fascinating blend of Japanese reliability and performance, with sleek British styling. This particular example is in fantastic condition and is ready to be enjoyed by the lucky new owner. 

With more sunny weather on the horizon, this quirky convertible should be at the very top of your list.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2019
  • Make Healey
  • Model Enigma
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 41,000 Miles
  • Engine size 1998
  • Town Liverpool
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Merseyside
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
11 bids from 7 bidders
  • th•••• £15,250 26/06/22
  • He•••• £15,000 25/06/22
  • Ph•••• £14,000 22/06/22
  • Jo•••• £12,500 22/06/22
  • vi•••• £10,500 22/06/22
  • Jo•••• £10,100 20/06/22
  • th•••• £8,400 20/06/22
  • Jo•••• £8,000 20/06/22
  • lu•••• £6,000 19/06/22
  • th•••• £5,000 19/06/22

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