1951 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. C1899 Engine no. B5935

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Lot 767
1951 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé
Registration no. MGK 577 Chassis no. C1899 Engine no. B5935

Sold for £ 17,825 (US$ 22,940) inc. premium
1951 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Abbott

Registration no. MGK 577
Chassis no. C1899
Engine no. B5935

Footnotes

  • The Donald Healey Motor Company completed its first car in 1945, going into production in Warwick the following year. The firm’s first offerings were the Elliott sports saloon and Westland roadster, both powered by Riley’s robust four-cylinder 2.4-litre engine and constructed on a welded-up X-braced chassis featuring Healey’s own trailing arm independent front suspension. For a time the Elliott was the world’s fastest closed four-seater production car, clocking 110mph at Jabbeke, Belgium in 1947. In 1950 the Elliott and Westland were superseded by the Tickford saloon and Abbott drophead coupé, both of which enjoyed an improved chassis incorporating Girling brakes. They were more refined and better equipped than their predecessors and, although heavier, still good for the ‘ton’. Production ceased in 1954, by which time a total of only 77 Abbott drophead coupés had been built.
    A coachbuilt car that could show many of its contemporaries a clean pair of heels, this Abbott-bodied Healey is one of five cars purchased from the dispersal sale of the Harry Ellard collection in June 1984 by the vendor, a long-term acquaintance of Mr Ellard. A millionaire bachelor, Harry Ellard had served an engineering apprenticeship with Henry Meadows of Wolverhampton, whose engines powered many of the Lagondas and Invictas he was especially fond of. Later he set up a metal-processing factory in Wednesfield and used his fortune to accumulate an extensive collection of motor vehicles, numbering 90-or-so at the time of his death in December 1983. The Healey was subsequently restored (in 2001/2003) and repainted in its original colour, the engine having been stripped and discovered to have already undergone a total rebuild. Last taxed for the road in 1966, it has covered fewer than 200 miles (on ‘trade’ plates) while in the vendor’s hands. The car is offered with old-style logbook and MoT to 29th August 2007.
1951 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. C1899 Engine no. B5935
1951 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. C1899 Engine no. B5935
1951 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. C1899 Engine no. B5935
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