1950 Healey Westland – the fastest production sports car.

Only 70 example of this rare model were originally built, in three series.

It was in 1946 that Donald Healey created the first 17 cars, the ‘A series’, powered by a 2.4-litre Riley engine with 104HP.

The UK price of £2,334 (and a startling $7,500 in the USA) made it twice as expensive as a Cadillac cabriolet.

And of course, being a Healey, the model was used competitively as well as on the road. Donald Healey and his son Geoff ran one in the 1948 Mille Miglia, coming second in the ‘unlimited sports’ class and ninth overall – a very favourable result that demonstrated the calibre of the Westland.

Today, very few Westlands remain in a drivable condition and the car (chassis number C-1840) taking part in July’s British Classic Car Meeting is particularly special. It was the last Westland ever built – and has only recently been restored back to its original condition by Healey expert Warren Kennedy.

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