1948 Healey Elliott Saloon  Chassis no. B1708 Engine no. N7181B1338

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Lot 321
1948 Healey Elliott Saloon
Registration no. KTU 271 Chassis no. B1708 Engine no. N7181B1338

Sold for £ 30,475 (US$ 39,383) inc. premium
1948 Healey Elliott Saloon
Coachwork by Samuel Elliott & Sons

Registration no. KTU 271
Chassis no. B1708
Engine no. N7181B1338

Footnotes

  • The Donald Healey Motor Company completed its first car in 1945, going into full-time production in a disused RAF hangar in Warwick the following year. Given Donald Healey’s background, it was inevitable that his firm’s first products would be cast in the sporting mould. An ex-RFC fighter pilot and many times Monte Carlo Rally competitor during the 1930s, Healey had won the ’31 event for Invicta and later that year joined the Triumph Motor Company, where he went on to develop the Dolomite Eight and Southern Cross sports cars.
    Healey’s first offerings as an independent producer were the Elliott sports saloon and Westland roadster, each taking its name from the coachbuilder responsible for the body. Both models were 2.4-litre Riley-powered 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 In 1950 the Elliott and Westland were superseded by the Tickford saloon and Abbott drophead coupé, by which time a total of only 101 Elliott saloons and 64 Westland roadsters had been built.
    A coachbuilt car that could show many of its contemporaries a clean pair of heels, this Elliott-bodied Healey sports saloon was fully restored in the late 1990s. The car remains in generally excellent condition, the engine in particular having only 2,000-or-so miles on its bores since the rebuild, which included a conversion to shell-type bearings. Finished in light blue with matching leather interior, the vehicle is offered with old-style logbook, current MoT/road fund licence, Swansea V5 registration document and a substantial quantity of restoration invoices and photographs. This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of these handsome sporting saloons that aroused such interest in their day for their unique combination of performance and precise roadholding.
1948 Healey Elliott Saloon  Chassis no. B1708 Engine no. N7181B1338
1948 Healey Elliott Saloon  Chassis no. B1708 Engine no. N7181B1338
1948 Healey Elliott Saloon  Chassis no. B1708 Engine no. N7181B1338
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