As a British sports car maker, Austin-Healey became prominent in the auto industry in 1952. Through a joint venture between the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation and Donald Healey, the brand become well known and well received. The British Motor Company later merged with Jaguar cars in 1966 to form British Motor Holdings. When Donald Healey left BMH in 1968 he joined Jenson Motors, a company that had been making the bodies for the “big Healey’s” since their debut in 1952. In 1972 Austin-Healey car production slowed and eventually came to an end when the 20-year agreement between Healey and Austin timed out.