Healey Elliott Woodie Estate – 1948
Marca : Healey
Modello : Elliott
Versione : Woodie Estate
Anno : 1948
Esemplari prodotti : 17
Carrozzeria : Dibbins
Motore : 4 cilindri in linea
Cilindrata : 2.443 cc
Distribuzione : OHV
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Alimentazione : 2 Carb. SU
Potenza : 106 CV a 4.500 giri/min
Top speed Km/h : 164
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Healeys production records indicate that some 123 were sold purely as rolling chassis with a whole range of different bodies fitted. Most were English and included saloons, tourers and even station wagons or shooting breaks as the British like to call them.
The London coachbuilder Hobbs produced shooting breaks that featured a heavy use of exterior timberwork not unlike the Woodies being manufactured in the US at the time. There were a number of European coachbuilders who also used the Healey chassis, such as the Swiss company Beuttler with a number of highly fashionable open and closed bodies but once again were very expensive.
This 1948 Healey Woodie Estate was built by the very well-known Healey Elliott pre-war racer Hector Hobbs, as a result as liking the cars, decided to sell Healeys from his garage in Southampton. To get around purchase Tax of 30% he commissioned the building of 17 Woodie Estates on the Westland Elliott chassis. The woodwork was given to the coach builders Dibbins of Southampton and the panel work was taken from Westland’s the builders of the Elliott and Westland Roadster.