Our Story

Restoring & caring for classic cars for over 25 years

Cape International builds cars that work in the real world, intelligently specified and exquisitely detailed, setting the highest standards in Austin Healey and Porsche 911 restoration. We are also one of the largest stockists of new, used and Austin Healey parts  and accessories.

Our mission is to help you build the car of your dreams, helping classic legends live on.

Our Roadmap

Time working with timeless classics

1987

Our founder, Steve Norton bought his first Austin Healey, a rusty project RHD Mk II tri-carb, and it was completed in perfect time to deliver him to the church for his wedding day in 1993.

1987

1992

The car that started it all. Steve Norton proud as punch with Concours award for his first Austin Healey SEE 360.

1992

1993

The Midland Healey Centre was launched and the Austin Healey journey begins.

1993

1994

Our first catalogue was printed. In the days before the internet this was one of the first glossy accessory catalogues devoted to Austin Healey.

1994

1999

The company’s name was changed to Cape International reflecting a link to the Warwick birthplace of the marque and our widening reputation for selling parts worldwide.

1999

2002

AH50 Golden Anniversary Celebrations.

Steve Norton joins the AH Club’s organising team planning the marque’s 50th anniversary.

Our first CapeSport 3000 is assembled ready for launch at AH50. It is launched to rave reviews and features on front cover of Classic Cars magazine.

2002

2003

Cape International’s 10th Birthday

CapeSport 3000 is delivered to its new owner. With finishes like unique metallic silver over gloss black, a black hardtop and minilite wheels, it firmly placed Austin Healey in the GT class.

2003

2004

Works start in earnest on the CapeSport 100S

2004

2005

AHX11 is one of the first 19 prototype BN1 cars hand built at Warwick and the earliest standard pre-production car on the planet! Its arrival at Cape for full restoration cements our reputation as marque experts. The finished car would eventually be acquired by the Dutch Healey Museum as one of their key exhibits.

2005

2008

The Austin Healey Club celebrate again at Goodwood for the Sprites 50th birthday. Cape join with a CapeSport 100, AHX11 and the ‘Monaco car’.

2008

2009

AHX11 and latest CapeSport 100 take top honours at Concours. 

2009

2012

Cape relocate to larger premises in Redditch. This move provides bigger workshops and improved office space, new staff arrive and systems are upgraded. 

2012

2014

Cape purchases 911’s and starts its Porsche adventure. Same high quality standards applied to a new marque.

2014

2016

Our Earls Court Motor Show BN2 arrives at the UK Austin Healey Clubs National Concours. On display for the first time since its 1955 debut it wins its class and becomes national Champion.

2016

2018

Capes stand at the NEC Classic Car Show announces the Liberty acquisition and spotlights its ongoing commitment to Austin Healey and Porsche enthusiasts alike.

2018

2019

Drew Pritchard and the film crew from ‘Salvage Hunters’ visits Cape. 

2019

2019

RLF 500, one of the original 55 100S arrives at Cape for ground-up restoration. Our long-standing association and proven experience and knowledge of these rare cars helps us secure the project.

2019

2020

Cape completes the 100S restoration and RLF 500 represents the Austin Healey Club at Hampton Court for the prestigious London Concours.

2020

2020

Official launch of CapeSport 911 #1.

2020

2021

Cape exhibit at the Honourable Artillery Company in London to curtain raise their second CapeSport 911. 

2021

2021

Cape comes full circle, Steve proud as punch (again) receiving class and outright concours prizes with the restored RLF500. 

2021

In the Press

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