Classic AutoRAI 99: post-war cars:
or Healey-Westland? According to the owner it's a Westland-Healey, a car developed by
famous British sportscar designer Donald Healey and built in the Westland Aircraft factory
to fill some of the excess production space after the war-production had ended. In car
documentation on the other hand you're far more likely to find it as Healey-Westland.
This curvy car
was one of the first to carry the Healey name. After working for companies like Triumph
Donald Healey started producing his own cars in 1946 on a limited scale. These first cars
were fitted with pre-war Riley engines and components and were available with bodywork
from Elliot (coupé), Duncan (two-door saloon), Abott (drophead coupé) and as this
Westland convertible. In general these early Healeys are referred to as the 2.4 litre
models, after the engine displacement.
A Healey-Elliot coupé won its class in the 1948 Mille Miglia race, establishing the Healey name as a true sportscar manufacturer.
Only 87 Westland
convertibles have been produced between 1946 and 1950. Its 2443 cc engine was good for 105
hp @ 4500 rpm and a maximum speed of 170 kph. As you can see on the pictures its canvas
top is only rudimentary; this car was meant to be driven open.
Given the history, the special ring of the Healey name and the rarity of these cars its surprising to find that their value nowadays is that of a modern, regular middle-class car, although the convertible models are worth somewhat more than the coupés and saloons.
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