Rare, drophead HealeyAbbott awakened after 37 years of storage. Chassis B1815 was the first one made out of only 77. This first Healey Abbott was displayed on the Healey stand at the1950 Earls Court Motor Show in London. It has original British license plates. British log book shows two owners since new. This is a complete, rare Healey four passenger drophead that needs a full restoration. It has an all aluminum body, good frame, original 2,443cc Riley motor (motor does spin freely), original leather interior with Walnut trim, original spats, tools, hand crank, jack, and Riley Workshop Manual.
Here is an excerpt from the book The Healey Book: A Complete History of the Healey Marque by Bill Emerson that speaks to the design and interior appointments: “From the beginning, the Abbott was designed with the wealthy buyer in mind. Abbott had been involved in providing custom coach work since October 1929 making bodies for Aston Martin, Bentley, Daimler, Rolls Royce and other high-priced automobiles”. It goes on to say “The construction of the Abbott followed the traditional coach building method of an ash frame with aluminum body panels. The roof mechanism was a patented design developed byAbbott that allowed very precise fitting while maintaining an ease of operation. Interior appointments were a combination of leather and wool with walnut on the dashboard and door cappings. The driver and passenger were provided with individual leather seats both wide and comfortable while the rear seat passengers were provided with a bench seat including centre armrest. Furnishings such as window winders, door handles, striker-plate mechanisms and windscreen trim were all completed in high grade chrome plating.”
This is a very special Healey not normally found in theUS. It might be a lot of work but there would be financial rewards at the end. For more information call Mike at Vantage Sportscars 407.620.6295.
- Chassis # B1815
- Engine # B228B
- Registration # LXH814
- Mileage 79,826