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Healey Elliott and Westland
The Healey Elliott was Donald Healey's first closed saloon model. Bodies were built by Samuel Elliott and Sons (Caversham) on a chassis of Healey's design, and with a 2443cc 4-cylinder twin Riley engine (from the RMB) tuned to give 104bhp. The Healey Elliot saloon set a record of 110mph on the Jabbeke straight in Belgium in 1947, the fastest 4-seater closed saloon in the world. 104 Healey Elliots were built from 1946-1950. At the end, Elliot and Healey fell out, and the replacement saloon was built by Tickford. The Healey Westland was an open roadster version of the Elliott built by Westland Motor Works (Hereford).
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Healey Westland 1947 - badge on bonnet side
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Healey Elliott - grille. Behind this grille sat the 2443cc dohc Riley engine
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Healey Elliott. Hector Hobbs, a racing driver and campaigner of Healey Elliotss had this Woody estate car created on an Elliott chassis to sell from his dealership in Southampton. 17 cars were commissioned as this wood and aluminium body was cheaper to sell than a fully built up car.
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Healey Elliott Woody
Healey Elliott Woody front
Healey Elliott Woody. Although most Healeys were named after their coachbuilder, some 123 Healey chassis were supplied to other coachbuilders. This strange Woody was bodied by Hector Hobbs and built by Dibbins of Southampton because wood and aluminium was easier to obtain in the late 1940s, and coachbuilt bodies were not subject to purchase tax as were fully built cars.
Healey Elliott Woody rear
Healey Elliott Woody. In postwar Britain the Government put restrictions on the supply of steel, linking its release to export sales, thus giving reason to build 'Woodies'out of more plentiful wood and aluminium. Additionally, fully built cars over a certain value attracted massive purchase tax on top of the sales price, whereas cars bought as a chassis and sent to a coachbuilder did not.
Healey Westland 1947 front
Healey Westland 1947. Earlier Westlands had their main headlamps either side of the grille, and these were later moved out to the wings. The chassis was shared with the Elliott Sports saloon and both had a 104bhp version of the Riley 2443cc twin cam 4-cylinder engine.
Healey Westland 1949 front
Healey westland 1949. Later Westlands got more conventional lighting with the main headlamps on the outer wings and higher up. The Abbott and Tickford which replaced the Elliott and Westland had triangular grilles in place of the auxiliary lamps.
Healey Westland 1949 rear
Healey Westland 1949. Essentially an open version of the Healey Elliott sports saloon, the Westland was named after Westland Motor Works (Hereford) who built the roadster body
Riley RMB
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