1950

1949 Healey Silverstone

Vehicle Profiles

Roadster

Chassis Num: D13
Engine Num: 83698

In 1945, Donald Healey Motor Company Ltd completed its first car. A year later they entered into full-time production with a 2.4-liter Riley-powered sports saloon with welded-up chassis and Healey's trailing arm independent front suspension. The Silv....[continue reading]

Roadster

Chassis Num: D-3

In the 1930s, Donald Healey was technical director at Triumph. Following World War II, in 1946, he set-up a new company in Warwick, England bearing his name with the purpose of building the Healey Elliot, a fast saloon with a Riley engine. The Healey....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: D13 
Roadster
Chassis #: D-3 

History

The Healey Silverstone was produced from 1949 through 1950, during that time, 105 examples were produced. These cars were built before the 'Nash-Healey' and 'Austin-Healey' by a number of years.

These hand built, two-seater, machines were designed to be light, quick, and agile. The vehicle featured a twin high-camshaft Riley 2.5-litre engine, capable of producing 104 horsepower.
Riley transmission and rear axle also accompanied the 'sporty' little British vehicle.

The spare tire was mounted horizontally in the rear of the vehicle. It served a duel purpose; it was the bumper for the vehicle. The front of the vehicle was void of a bumper.

The Silverstone's were a two-seater with little luggage space. Since they were hand-built, they were expensive. This made the vehicle suitable for only one purpose: motor-sports. The vehicle weight 2,050 pounds thanks to its aluminum body. The chassis was a simple, box-section, design featuring an independent front suspension and beam-axle in the rear. The Silverstone could achieve a top speed of around 105 miles-per-hour.

Due to their limited production these vehicles are very rare and desirable.


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