Donald Healey, ex Riley and Triumph pre war, started in business with the Healey Car Co in 1946. Known for their good road holding, the engines used were the robust overhead valve 2 1/2 litre Riley, with the high camshaft short push rod overhead valve engine. Rear axles were also Riley with a box section chassis with the unique front suspension.There was the Healey Elliot from 1946 which was the fastest saloon of the time, and open Healey Westland and of course the Healey Silverstone from 1949. The Elliot was replaced by the Tickford saloon, with the drophead version by Abbot. A 4 litre Nash engined Healey went down well in the USA, while in the UK the same car had the 3 litre Alvis engine. In 1952 Healey built the the "Healey Hundred" using Austin A90 components throughout,which was then produced in quantity at Longbridge, and the start of the Austin-Healeys.