1950 Healey Silverstone Roadster  Chassis no. D37 Engine no. B4025

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Lot 611
1950 Healey Silverstone Roadster
Registration no. VTW 5 Chassis no. D37 Engine no. B4025

Sold for £ 34,500 (US$ 44,503) inc. premium
1950 Healey Silverstone Roadster
Registration no. VTW 5
Chassis no. D37
Engine no. B4025
The Donald Healey Motor company completed its first car in 1945, going into full-time production the following year. The firm’s first offering was a 2.4-litre Riley-powered sports saloon with welded-up chassis and Healey’s own trailing arm independent front suspension. For the clubman racer there was the dual-purpose Silverstone, a model equally at home on road or track. The saloon’s engine and basic underpinnings were retained, though with shorter frame, stiffer springing and - unusually for the time - a front anti-roll bar. The lightweight two-seater body was crafted in aluminium, and the car’s purposeful look was enhanced by cycle wings and closely spaced headlamps mounted behind the radiator grille. Another novel feature was the spare wheel protruding from its compartment in the tail, thus doubling as a bumper! The Silverstone was soon making a name for itself in rallying and circuit racing, with many future stars gaining their first track experience in the car, most notably Tony Brooks. In all, 104 Silverstones were built between 1949 and 1951.

The Motor, when it announced and featured the model in July 1949, described the Silverstone as a ‘light competition-type two-seater to sell at the basic price of £975’ while observing that ‘weighing only 18.5cwt, the new Healey offers improved performance for competition work, yet remains entirely suitable for normal road use.’

We are advised that this example has a Riley Pathfinder engine, fitted by previous owner David Vine. Finished in dark blue with red interior, ‘VTW 5’ is offered with publicity pamphlet, specification sheet, price list, sundry photocopies and Swansea V5 registration document. Eligible for many prestigious events such as the Goodwood Revival meeting for modest outlay.

Saleroom notices

  • Chris Berens of the Healey Owners Club has very kindly informed us that D37 was originally registered OPC 267. It competed in the 1950 1,000 Mile Rally and appeared in The Motor’s report in the 15 November 1950 issue (page 299). It also competed at the 1951 Easter Meeting at Goodwood in March (driven by a Mr Marsh), and again at Goodwood in June. Records also indicate the D37 competed in the 1951 Exeter Trial.
1950 Healey Silverstone Roadster  Chassis no. D37 Engine no. B4025
1950 Healey Silverstone Roadster  Chassis no. D37 Engine no. B4025
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