Saturday 24th August 2019,

Healey Tickford 1950 – 1954

Donald Healey`s last saloon project, the Tickford saloon was named after the Tickford coach building company that designed and built the body-work. Healey was entering the Grand-Tourer market for the first time. The Tickford bore no resemblance to the previous saloon, the Elliott.

The Tickford`s body styling was flowing and expansive, the level of luxury was vastly improved. For the first time the side-windows were glass and not Perspex. Luxury finish took priority over weight. The design of the car ignored Healey`s competition heritage and was aimed at `the gentleman motorist`.

The rolling chassis was identical to previous Healeys except for one detail, the length. An extra nine inches was added to the rear of the original chassis to allow for a larger boot. In all, 222 examples were made by 1954.

The chassis;

The Tickford used Healey`s own chassis made from light-weight steel box-section. It differed from previous chassis by being extended at the rear by nine inches. Riley running-gear was utilised again. The front suspension used coil-springs and Healey`s alloy trailing links, the rear used Riley`s live axle with coils, trailing arms and a Panhard rod. Lever-arm shock absorbers were fitted and Lockheed supplied the brakes with drums all round. Worm and roller steering gear was employed.

The body;

An ash-timber frame was built onto the chassis to support the sheet alloy body. The Tickford was a 2-door fixed-head-coupe seating 4/5 people in great comfort. Leather seats and a full walnut dashboard was the standard for luxury in those days.

The power-train;

The Healey Tickford used the Riley 2.4 litre (2443 cc) with twin overhead-camchafts. The 8 valve cross-flow cylinder-head produced a compression ratio of 6.9:1. Twin SU carburettors were standard fitment. The power was transmitted by Riley`s 4-speed manual gearbox.


The 2.4 Riley produced 106 bhp and 136 ft/lbs of torque, giving the Tickford a top speed of 102 mph and a 0-60 time of 14.6 seconds.

The Healey Tickford according to Hagerty is now worth at around £15.000 in average condition. Being as rare as they are, no doubt the prices will keep increasing making the Tickford an affordable classic that will make a lot of money in the future.

Healey Tickford 1950-1954 Specification
Body Type4/5 seater 2 door coupe/saloon
Engine PlacementFront
Drive TypeRear wheel drive
Cargo VolumeBigger than Elliott
Engine2.4 Riley DOHC 8V
Cylindersstraight 4
Displacement2443 cc149.1 cui
Power79 Kw106 bhp4800 RPM
Torque184 Nm136 ft. lb3000 RPM
Power/weight79 bhp/t
Top Speed164 km/h102 mph
Acceleration0-100 km/h - 0-60 mph14.6 s
Fuel consumptionl/100 kmImperial mpg
Gearbox4 speed manual
Weight1346 kg2967 lb
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About Bev Roberts

Speed, the smell of hot oil, the roar of a straight-through exhaust and the scream of an engine at max revolutions. They have all been a large part of my life for almost 50 years. It is time to share my experiences with you, dear reader. Do you want to know more? Read on through my `Full Bio` and many articles.

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I was born in Hereford UK in 1948 and brought up in Gloucester UK. I played Rugby football internationally as a schoolboy. At the age of 17, a new and wet driving license in my paw, I entered motor racing. I was supported and financed by my parents and so my journey began.

In 1965 I bought a 1293cc Mini-Cooper `S` and campaigned it for a season. Having quickly made some good friends in the racing fraternity, several interesting opportunities came my way. I joined a sports-car team and raced in the Le Mans 24 hours in 1968 and 1969 in a Lola T70. Mechanical failure defeated both efforts. During that period I owned and raced a `D type` Jaguar and an AC Cobra. In those days cars like that were available and not too expensive, now they reside in museums and private collections. I had a chain of interesting cars through my youth including Jaguars, Minis, Mustangs and Lotus-Cortinas.

As a young driver I had my share of accidents too. Often the car would only be worth scrap-metal value by the time I got it home! I worked for an Aston-Martin/Jaguar dealership for a while, which enhanced my experience and gave me the opportunity to sample some very exotic machines, Ferrari, Facel-Vega, Iso and Maserati to recall a few of them.

At the end of 1969 I moved to South Africa to work on my uncle`s farm but the S.A. government had other ideas and drafted me into the army. After five years had passed I was thanked and released from the service. While I was there I bought a beige Cadillac Eldorado, previously the property of Marilyn Monroe. While I was away on a patrol my girlfriend had it re-sprayed pink! I was unimpressed by both the joke and the bill for the work!

When I returned to UK in 1974 I left it behind. On my return I found that the once-mighty British motor industry was in decline and was headed for oblivion. Motor racing was now very expensive so I turned to commercial transport. Driving large trucks gave me freedom and a chance to see some of the world. I don`t remember ever making a career choice but for the next thirty years a truck was my home. For about ten years in that period I owned two trucks of my own.

I also owned a famous MGB-GT, known as `Lucky`. If you`d like to read `The Story of Lucky` there is an article in Inopian`s archive. I finally retired, due to ill-health, in 2008. Since I had varied knowledge and many experiences on our subject I decided to share the stories of the cars I enjoyed (and hated) with the new generation.

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1 Comment

  1. John Trevor 10. May 2017 at 23:06

    What memories! My father exchanged his 1936 or 1939 Lagonda LG45 for a Healey Tickford in 1950. I was at boarding school in Wiltshire and well remember this very pretty car coming towards me as sat waiting for my parents at half term. I remarked to friend “loook at that!” To my wonderment it stopped. My Das wound down the window and asked me what I thought of it!
    Later I really enjoyed driving it.

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