|(1949 to 1950)|
|Manufacturer||Donald Healey Motor Company|
|Body and chassis|
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive|
|Engine||2.5L I-4, 3.0L Six Cylinder|
The Healey Silverstone is a sports roadster that was made by Donald Healey Motor Company. The Silverstone had headlights behind the grille to make it more aerodynamic. It was designed to be a dual purpose "race and ride" car. It also had a 104 horsepower 2.5L Riley I-4 engine and four speed manual transmission.
The Silverstone was made at a factory in Warwick, England. They were hand-built and only 105 were produced. When the British government doubled the purchase tax of cars over £1000($1400) from 33.33% to 66.66% in 1948, Healey realized he was in trouble. He decided to make a high performance car that was under £1000. The result was the $1365 Healey Silverstone. Production ended in September 1950 when Healey felt his cars were too heavy and expensive. The Silverstone replacement, the Healey 100 rolled out of the Warwick factory in 1953.
The Silverstone was designed by Len Hodges. Hodges rounded the back of the car and pulled it out slightly from the sides. A slot was cut out of the rear to house a tire. Since the tire was protruding out of the car, it acted like a bumper. There was very little luggage space. It was a two-seater with a very light body. It weighed only 2,100 pounds. This made it suitable for motor-sports. The 1949 Silverstone(D-Type) was a little bit less wide and the cockpit was a bit uncomfortable. The 1950 Silverstone(E-Type) was a bit wider and has a more comfortable cockpit. By making the E-Type wider, the car was very successful on the track
The Silverstone has won many races including the 1949 Alpine Rally where the car was raced by Donald Healey and Ian Appleyard. Another win was in 1951 when Peter Riley and Bill Lamb won the Liege-Rome-Liege Rally and in 1951 Edgar Wadsworth and Cyril Corbishley won the Coupe de Alpes. Other non-wins included Peter Simpson's 6th place overall in the 1951 Isle of Man Manx Cup Races. Later in 1953, Mr. G. Weldon raced a blue Silverstone in the Silverstone circuit in a national race on June 27, finishing fifth. The Silverstone had a top speed of 110 mph and a 0-60 time of 11 seconds, which rivaled other cars.