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Healey: Silverstone

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October 1949. With an anti roll bar fitted to front suspension.


Healey cars are the product of long experience in the field of competitive motoring and they have made their mark in British and international events in no uncertain manner. Among the first models produced was a Saloon of very pleasing lines and in 1948 one of these covered 103.76 miles in one hour, under official observation by the Automobile Club de France.

The model illustrated here, the Silverstone, is a sports two-seater of outstanding performance. It is also the first Healey model to sell at a basic price of under £1,000 and, therefore, can be purchased without the payment of purchase tax at the double rate.

The general effect created by the Silverstone's recessed headlamps behind the nose grille, the retractile windscreen and low-slung body is heightened by the choice of colour schemes—pale green, blue metallic or red cellulose.

ENGINE. Type: 2.4-litre. Cylinders: 4. Bore X Stroke: 80.5 mm. X 120 mm. Compression ratio: 6.9 to 1. Maximum b.h.p.: 104 at 4,500 r.p.m. Rating: 16.07 h.p.

PERFORMANCE. Maximum speed in excess of 100 m.p.h.

DIMENSIONS. Length: 14 ft. Height: 3 ft. 7 ins. Width: 5 ft. 3 ins. Wheelbase: 8 ft. 6 ins. Track: 4 ft. 6 ins. (front) 4 ft. 5 ins. (rear). Weight: 2,128 lbs. Fuel capacity: 16 gallons. Tyre size: 5.5o X 15.

BRAKES. Lockheed Hydraulic.

PRICE. £998 plus £277.19.5 Purchase Tax. Total: £1,275.19.5.

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