1952 Alvis Healey Sports Convertible,
Lot 220
1952 Alvis-Healey Sports Convertible Chassis no. G514 Engine no. 25314
Sold for £39,100 (US$ 65,720) inc. premium
Lot Details
1952 Alvis-Healey Sports Convertible
Registration no. FF 8100
Chassis no. G514
Engine no. 25314


  • Referred to by the factory as the 'Healey Three Litre Sports Convertible', the Alvis-Healey bore a strong resemblance to the first Nash-Healey, the two cars' Gerry Coker-designed bodywork being built by Panelcraft of Birmingham. In 1949 a chance meeting between Donald Healey and George Mason, boss of Nash-Kelvinator, had resulted in a new US-only model being added to the Warwick-based company's range - the Nash-Healey. The latter combined Nash's 234.6ci (3.8-litre) overhead-valve six and three-speed/overdrive gearbox with the chassis of the Healey Silverstone sports-racer. Crafted in aluminium and featuring a distinctive Nash-style grille, the streamlined body foreshadowed that of the Austin-Healey 100.
    A new chassis – the G type – was designed for the Alvis-engined version, which first appeared at the 1951 London Motor Show. The body was subtly different from that of the Nash-Healey and featured lockable doors, a convenience rarely found on British sports cars of the period. Equally unusual was the fact that a heater and radio were standard equipment. The 2,993cc six-cylinder Alvis engine produced 106bhp, the same as that of the contemporary 2.4-litre Riley-engined Healey, albeit at lower revs. Well furnished and appointed, with wind-up windows, lockable glove compartment and a large boot, the Alvis-Healey was made until 1953, by which time only 25 had been produced, plus a further three with the Riley engine.
    The history of 'FF 8100' can be traced back to 1961 when it was owned by a Mr Owen Moore-Bocarro of Guildford, Surrey. In 1963 the car passed via Park Motors (Kingston) to Mr Anthony William Davies of Esher, Surrey. A member of the late owner's family, his wife - Mrs Patricia Anne Davies - sold the Alvis-Healey to the deceased in 1995 (bill of sale on file). Last MoT'd in 1971, the car is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. The odometer reading of circa 40,000 miles is believed genuine. Accompanying documentation consists of a quantity of expired MoT certificates, old-style logbook, prototype technical drawings and old-style Swansea V5 document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note there is just one expired MoT on file, not "a quantity" as catalogued.
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