The post-war years were tough in Britain, in many ways just as difficult as the war itself, but bleaker, as the war was won, but economic hardships endured, the Empire fell apart, etc. Any little bit of good news was as a bit fresh air to a suffocating coal miner. On the automotive front, the 1945 Healey 2.4 Liter was something of a revolution, as the first post-war British production car able to reach, and exceed 100 miles per hour. It was built on a complicated cruciform chassis and fitted with an alloy body, with front trailing arm suspension and a live rear axle. Several models were built over the years, all on the principle of a light aluminum body over an ash-wood frame.
The 1945 Healey was powered by a 2.4-liter Riley four-cylinder engine, which produced exactly 100 horsepower. This was enough for plenty of performance in this light, agile car, allowing for the impressive (at the time) 0-60 acceleration time of 12.3 seconds, and a top speed of 105 miles per hour – even more breath-taking!
The 1945 Healey 2.4 Liter remained in production until 1950, and was sold under various names and slightly differing configurations – shorter wheelbase, lighter bodies, etc. – such as the Silverstone in 1949, the convertible Westland and the closed Eliot. Healey was drawn into a partnership with British Motor Corporation to develop the Austin Healey, his company was completely folded into BMC by 1954.