Classic and Sportscar Centre

Telephone: 01944 758000
Email: [email protected]

Classic and Sportscar Centre, Malton

Corner Farm, West Knapton, Malton, North Yorkshire, UK, YO17 8JB


Opening Hours

  • Mon-Fri: 9.00am-5.30pm
  • Sunday: 10am-4pm
  • Closed Saturday
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Price: £SOLD

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1953 Healey Abbott DHC

We are delighted to offer this incredibly rare motor car onto the market. We are told only 77 Abbott Drophead Coupes were ever made and there are only 33 known survivors. The Donald Healey Motor Company completed its first car in 1945, going into production in Warwick in 1946. The Donald Healey Motor Company first offered the Elliott Sports Saloon and Westland Roadster, both powered by the superb Riley four cylinder 2.4 litre engine. For a short time, it is said 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 replaced by the Tickford Saloon and Abbott Drophead Coupe, both of which had an improved chassis incorporating Girling brakes. These later models were more refined and better equipped than their predecessors. Despite being a heavier car, they were still capable of 100mph. Production of the Healey Abbott ceased in 1954 by which time just 77 had been built.

This stunning example spent the late 1960's, 1970's and early 1980's in the Henry Ellard collection. We cannot guarantee, but are told the Healey entered the collection as a very low mileage vehicle with around 25,000 miles recorded. The Healey Abbott spent many years unused and untouched in the collection and during the late 1980's and early 1990's re-commissioning work was carried out and the vehicle put back on the road.  We have paperwork and invoices for overhauling the brakes including rebuilding the master cylinder, new dash gauges, rev-counter cable, throttle cable, oil and filter change,  new shock absorbers, front springs, exchange steering box, new pins, bushes, new petrol tank, new tyres, new hood, re-chroming and a full bare metal re-paint.  This work cost in the region of £8,000. The Healey Abbott covered in the region of 5,000 miles during the early 1990's. NYK 794 changed hands in 1994 and by 1996 was having further expenditure. A new kenlowe fan was fitted, a new exhaust was later fitted the engine regularly serviced. In 2002 the clutch was replaced and the ignition system replaced. The Healey Abbott has been regularly used since the late 1990's and in 2003 the car was taken to Jordan as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of motoring sport in the country and was paraded in front of the King. The car was later taken on the Fougeres rally and performed well once again.  A mileage log and report from 1996 at 26747 miles to 2007 at 32989 miles is with the comprehensive history.

The Healey Abbott history file also contains invoices from 2007 to recent detailing regular maintenance work. We have invoices for brake shoes, cylinders, brake hoses, new thermostat housing gaskets, new regulator and cosmetic work to include removing the woodwork and re-coating it. The lovely leather work was also treated. NYK 794 presents well and now records a mileage of 34,000. The car is an older restoration but retains lovely bright paintwork and has an excellent, solid body and underside. Chrome work is of a good standard, the hood is in lovely order and the interior is beautifully finished and retains substantial originality. On the road performance is very impressive. The Healey Abbott feels quick, responsive and the engine is beautiful with lots of power and good oil pressure. The gearbox is smooth to use and the car handles well with sharp brakes and very good handling. NYK 794 is said to be one of the best Healey Abbott's left and is featured on ‘The Association of Healey owners' flyer. This is a very high quality car in a perfect condition to use, enjoy and has proven capable of long distance touring. 

Price: £SOLD