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C. Ind, Leeds, England (1950)A.G.H. Rimmel, England (acquired in 1950)B. Simpson, England (acquired circa 1951)Leslie Cato, England (acquired circa 1965)Bill Emerson, US (acquired circa 1982)Private Collector (acquired 2011)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Healey International Show at Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, California, 2002 (Best in Class)All British Field Meet, Portland, Oregon, 2002 (Best in Class)Colorado English Motoring Conclave, Denver, Colorado, 2002 (Best in Class)All British Field Meet, Tampa, Florida, 2002 (Best of Show)Austin-Healey Conclave, Washington, D.C., 2003 (Best of Show)Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida, 2004 (Best in Class)British Bash, Louisville, Kentucky, 2004 (Best of Show)Classic Car Show, Adam Matthews Balloon Festival, 2004Lexington Concours d’Elegance, Lexington, Kentucky, 2004 (First in Class)Mount Dora Car Show, Mount Dora, Florida, 2004 (Best in Show)Austin-Healey National Conclave, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 2005 (Best in Show)Lexington Concours d’Elegance, Lexington, Kentucky, 2005 (First in Class) Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, Milwaukee,Wisconsin, 2006 (First in Class) Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, Detroit, Michigan, 2006 (First in Class) British Bash, Louisville, Kentucky, 2008 (First in Class)
Dedicated motoring enthusiast Donald Healey swiftly began production of a car bearing his name when WWII ended in 1945. The Silverstone model was a street-legal racing car, lightweight, with removable cycle fenders and a spare tire that doubled as a rear bumper. This frequent concours-winner, chassis E69, is well-known in Healey circles and has outstanding provenance, having been owned by Healey Drivers Club founder Leslie Cato and restored by noted Healey authority Bill Emerson.
The Silverstone was based upon the same X-frame chassis and Riley twin-cam engine as the previous Elliott sedan. Rileys were a favorite of Leslie Hawthorn, father of Formula 1 World Champion Mike Hawthorn, and indeed the Elliott was the fastest four-seater production saloon car in the world when new. Despite a full production run of only 105, with only 54 E-Types produced, the Silverstone soon established a strong race reputation, including Healey’s winning the Coupe des Alpes rally with one.
First registered NUG 100 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Northern England, in 1950, E69 was a wider bodied E-type model. The car was raced at Silverstone and other circuits in Britain until 1954. In 1965, Mr. Cato owned E69, fitting a correct replacement engine to the original gearbox and axle. By the 1970s, E69 was in New England and had resumed racing. By the 1980s, Mr. Emerson, author of The Healey Book: A Complete History of the Healey Marque, rescued E69 from a field, and with the assistance of his friend Mr. Healey, completed a thorough restoration. Work took over a decade and was completed in time for the 2002 Austin-Healey 50th anniversary.
The restoration was documented by Emerson and photographs are included in the sale. One interesting note in Emerson’s file describes how E69, painted green prior to the restoration, was originally red, and was restored to red on the vigorous suggestion of Mr. Healey who said, “All Silverstones should be red!”
According to the consignor, E69 retains its original chassis, body panels, gearbox, and rear axle. The high-quality restoration has been well preserved. The car remains in beautiful condition, including the correct matching top, tonneau, and side curtains. E69 wears Dunlop Road Speed bias ply tires, mounted on authentic ventilated disc wheels with Healey wheel centers. Automobile Quarterly described Mr. Healey as “One man, rugged and graceful, and [creating] cars the way he saw them.” As one of the first Healeys, the Silverstone strongly reflects this vision. E69 has been owned and restored by Healey luminaries, advised by Healey himself, making this a very special opportunity to acquire a concours-winning Silverstone.