1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068
Lot 130
1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé
Registration no. NYK 794 Chassis no. F3068
£ 45,000 - 55,000
US$ 57,000 - 69,000

Lot Details
1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068 1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. F3068
1953 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupé
Registration no. NYK 794
Chassis no. F3068
*One of only 77 Abbott Drophead Coupés
*Formerly part of the Henry Ellard Collection
*Regularly used for the last 20 years
*Present ownership since 2015
*Extensively restored

Footnotes

  • 'NYK 794' is a 1953 Healey Abbott F Drophead Coupé built using the 2.4-litre Riley engine favoured by Donald Healey. In 'The Healey Book' by Bill Emerson, 'NYK 794' is featured on page 58 as an example of the Abbott F, only 77 of which were made. It is understood that only 20 are still in roadworthy condition today and this is a very rare motor car.

    'NYK 794' formed part of the Henry Ellard collection from the late 1960s to the early 1980s with a reputed 25,000 miles on the odometer. The Abbott spent many years unused in the collection before being re-commissioned during the late 1980s/early 1990s for road use, for which paperwork and invoices are on file.

    During the early 1990s, the Abbott covered around 5,000 miles, changing hands again in 1994. By 1996 it was benefiting from further expenditure; a new Kenlowe fan was fitted, and later on a new exhaust system, and the engine regularly serviced. In 2002 the clutch and ignition system were replaced. The Abbott has been regularly used since the late 1990s, and in 2003 was taken to Jordan as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of motor sport in the country, being paraded in front of the King.

    The previous owner kept the car for some years before the steering became too much. The current owner - grandson of Peter Cavanagh, one of the founding fathers of the Healey Drivers' Club, and also committed Healey enthusiast - then purchased the Abbott in late 2015. A significant amount of restoration work was undertaken at the time of acquisition including a full re-spray; new seats; and numerous repairs to running gear and electrics. A rolling restoration has continued since then, the most recent works including fitting a new wiring loom; new convertible hood; and new carpets together with other mechanical works (all invoices present).

    In 2017, the Abbott was driven to Barcelona and took part in the 'Espirit de Montjuic' event, completing a number of laps of the Formula 1 Circuit de Catalunya. The current owner's growing family means they can no longer travel together in the Abbott. As they believe the car should be used and enjoyed they have taken the reluctant decision to sell so that others can enjoy the Healey.

    NYK 794 thus represents a a rare opportunity to acquire a seldom seen motor car from one of Britain's most respected and appreciated manufacturers.
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