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Lot 223: Healey Duncan Sports Saloon

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

A Cornish garage owner and successful rally driver, Donald Healey turned to motor manufacturing at the end of WW2 following spells with Triumph and Humber, where he had spent the war years working on armoured cars. At Humber he had met fellow engineers Ben Bowden and Achille 'Sammy' Sampietro, who joined him in the Donald Healey Motor Company at Warwick. Healey's aim was to create a 100mph sports car and the 2.4-litre twin-cam Riley was selected engine as the ideal power unit. Built by Westland Aero Parts, the X-braced, box-section chassis was made of sheet steel while many of the car's other components, including the independent front suspension's trailing arms, were aluminium. The latter was in plentiful supply after the war but the supply of steel was limited and strictly controlled, factors that led to the body panels being made of Birmabright aluminium alloy. Healey's first offerings were the Elliott sports saloon and Westland roadster. For a time the Elliott was the world's fastest closed four-seater production car, clocking 110mph at Jabbeke, Belgium in 1947. Chassis were also supplied to Duncan Industries Ltd until that company's closure in 1948, by which time some 28 of the Healey variety (Duncan also bodied the contemporary Alvis chassis) had been completed. Duncan's pillar-less design was unusual, affording the rear passengers excellent visibility while at the same time providing generous accommodation and a bigger boot than the Westland or Elliott. This rare, coachbuilt sports saloon was first owned by a Mr Sid Kirk of Hertfordshire, passing to its second owner, Ken Tomkinson, in the early 1960s. In 1965 Mr Tomkinson sold the car to Mr J E Mattocks of Melton Mowbray, who in turn sold it to the late owner in 1983. 'JUC 1' arrived on a trailer but was in running order when acquired. Since then it has spent several years in the open and is in poor condition. Offered for restoration, the car comes complete with old-style logbook and is sold strictly as viewed.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number223
Estimate£3000-£5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9200
Hammer Price (inc premium)£10580
Year1948
Condition rating
Registration numberJUC 1
Mileage-
Chassis numberB1711
Engine number1233
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors