Donald Healey, who worked for Riley and Triumph pre war, started in business with the Healey Car Co in 1946. The Healeys were known for their good road holding, and the engines principally used was the robust overhead valve 2 1/2 litre Riley, with its high camshaft short push rod overhead valve layout. Rear axles were also Riley with a box section chassis with the unique Healey front suspension.There was the Healey Elliot model from 1946 which was the fastest saloon of the time, and also an open Healey Westland, plus of course the Healey Silverstone from 1949. The Elliot was replaced by the Tickford saloon, with a drophead version by coachbuilders 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, which was the start of the Austin-Healeys.