Over the last 15 years through my interest in early Healey’s I have put together a collection of what I consider to be important cars in the development of the Healey Motor Company and Donald and Geoffrey Healey’s careers. These include;
A1501 The prototype Healey Westland, this was the very first car designed and built by Donald Healey. Work started on this car just as the war ended in 1945, Bill and Ray Buckingham at Buckingham Sheet metal were commissioned to build the chassis and body, the car was completed for testing on the 11thJanuary 1946.
A1502 The Prototype Healey Elliott, the body was designed by Allen Bowen Ltd of Lemington Spa, This car took a little longer to complete and was tested in Italy in late October early November were it set the speed record as the fastest car in production. 104.65 mph.
A1503 The first Production car a Westland.
A1531 Healey Elliott, This car was owned by Ken Downing and was raced through-out the 50’s in the UK. It was one of the 5 Healey that took part in the very first race at Goodwood finishing second behind the Prycott Jaguar.
A1534 One of 6 chassis bought by Pietro Nessi and bodied by Beutler as a Coupe, this car entered the 1948 Mille Miglia, and returned again in 1949
A1541 Ex Works Healey Elliott, ran with the number plate 192 AC , this car was converted to a High light model in 1948, just before Donald took the car to the Paris 12 Hour Race at Monthery, were Tommy Wisdom set the speed record in the Timed run. It then went on to enter the Monte Carlo rally in 1949 with Donald at the wheel, then on to the 49 Mille Miglia, agin with Donal and Geoffrey at the wheel. Jack Bartlett tried to talk Donald into entering a car at Le Mans without success. Donald did not think his car would stand 24 Hours Endurance. Finally Donald gave in and lent the car to Jack Bartlett, Hence with the number plate JGO 892 the car went to France. With Bartlett and Mann at the wheel they bought the car home 13thoverall, A great success and officially the first Healey to race at Le Mans. The car then returned to the Monte Carlo in 1950, and back to Le Mans as a works entry in the 1950 Le Mans. In the hands of Jack Bartlett the car race in the UK and was eventually sold in 1951 and was registered for the first time as EO 9664.
A1557 Healey Duncan Saloon, one of only 6 survivors World wide.
A1564 Healey Duncan Drone One of only 3 survivors World wide.
B1650 Healey Woodie Estate, the sole survivor of only a handful of Woodies bodied by Dibbins for Hector Dobbs to get around Purchase tax of 60%
B1564 Healey Westland better known as GWD 43 Donald Healey’s own Westland that he drove in the 1948 Mille Miglia and Tommy Wisdom drove again in the 49 event.
X5 The prototype Nash Healey, Donald drove this car on the 1950 Mille Miglia and it was entered in the 1950 Le Mans with Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton driving, Finishing 4th Overall.
N2025, 1950 Panel Craft bodied Nash Healey
N2301, 1953, The only Factory built Nash Healey Roadster with wind up windows and a removable hard top. Commissioned for a Swiss client, it stayed in his ownership until 1967 when it was exported to Texas, USA.
Healey Silverstone, Super Charged E Chassis
Healey Silverstone D Chassis
Healey Fiesta, The Prototype, The last car built by Donald and Geoffrey Healey.
This is just a selection of the collection, most of these are fully restored, and are used on regular occasions at events around the world. Over the next few months we will be trying to secure one of a number of sights ear marked in the Warwick area to house the cars on a permanent display, along with the vast collection of items and memorabilia collected over the years. The collection will continue to grow we are always on the look out for cars or memorabilia connected to the Healey Motor Company or the Healey Family. At present the collection is located near Milton Keynes, if anyone would like to come and visit and talk Healey you would be welcome. Warren Kennedy