1954 Healey Abbott Drophead Coupe

Courtesy of H&H Auctions
Courtesy of H&H Auctions

One of just 91 examples produced with coachwork by Abbott of Farnham during a four-year production run, OLY136 was first registered on March 25, 1954. In the current ownership since 2007, the car was entrusted to marque specialists Classic Restorations Ltd. in 2009 to carry out soda blasting of the body and a bare-metal respray, followed by a thorough engine overhaul in 2010.

All five wheels were also blasted, powder-coated and painted. Invoices for the work carried out are contained in the car’s accompanying history file. The most recent service was carried out by Speedweld of Farley Hill in April 2014.

Finished most attractively in red with beige interior, she is described as being in “good” condition as regards bodywork, paintwork, interior, engine and transmission, and is offered with Swansea V5 document, history file of invoices and correspondence and road-fund license to March 31, 2015. MoT-exempt, the most recent certificate with no advisories expired on 15 May, 2014.

The engine overhaul referred to in the catalog description included the fitting of a replacement engine and clutch by marque specialists Classic Restorations Ltd.

Reid Trummel

Reid Trummel - SCM Contributor

Reid is editor-publisher of Healey Marque magazine, the official publication of the Austin-Healey Club of America (www.healeyclub.org). His interest in cars began when he taught himself to drive a stick in a hand-me-down 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. Wanting more power than the Alfa’s 1300 could provide, he bought a Healey 3000 and fell down that slippery slope of affection for British cars. Currently the owner of two 1956 Healeys — a 100M and a 100 with the Le Mans Kit — his affliction also includes non-British dalliances. He is also Chairman of the Columbia Gorge Classic Rally (www.columbiagorgemgaclub.org). He makes his home in Portland, OR.

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