D51

known owners:
Donald Healey Motor Company LTD. 1. – 9.May 1950
Eric Dr. Grattan , England 9.May 1950 – Sept.1950
Eric Dr. Grattan, Kenya, 1950 – 1954
Eric Cecil , Kenya, 1954 – 1955
Mrs Mary Wright , Kenya , 1955 – 1962
Unknown owners in Kenya between 1962 and 1977
C.J. Bull or Ball – 1977 Exported back to U.K.
John Procter of Plus 4 Motors
John Baker
C.A.V. Watrington , U.K. 1977 – 1978
S.A. Williams 1978 – 1986
D. Acon Jersey 1986 – 1987
Jack Scott 1987 – 1992
Chris Berens 1992 -2012

Stephan und Angela Koch, Austria, Mai 2012 –

COLOURS:
Green to 1992
1992 – red

Events:
1950 Langa Langa Circuit , Kenya, Winner Cords Ring Cup Driver E. Grattan
1951 Langa Langa Circuit, Kenya, Winner Cords Ring Cup Driver E. Grattan
1952 Langa Langa Circuit, Kenya, Winner Cords Ring Cup Driver E. Grattan
1952 Langa Langa Circuit 2nd in the Kismet Cup Driver E. Grattan
1954 Menengai Hill Climb Kenya 2nd in Production Sports 1500 – 3000cc driver D.L.Markham Event 8 and E.Cecil Event 11
1957 March Nakuru Park Circuit, Kenya, Driver Mrs Mary Wright in 2 races unplaced.
1957 December Nakuru Park Circuit, Kenya, Driver Mrs Mary Wright, 2 races
1958 June Nakuru Park Circuit, Kenya, Driver Mrs Mary Wright, 2 Sports Car Races
1958 August Nakuru Park Circuit,Kenya, Driver Mrs Mary Wright, Sports Car race
1958 September Eldoret Sprint Meeting ,Kenya, Driver Mrs Mary Wright
1959 May Nakuru Park Circuit, Kenya, Driver Mrs Mary Wright Winner Handicap race.
1959 December Nakuru Park Circuit, Kenya, Driver Mrs Mary Wright 3 Sports Car Races
1960 June Nakuru Park Circuit Kenya, Driver Mrs Mary Wright 3 Sports Car Races.
Present owner has raced the car with the V.S.C.C. in 50’s sports car races and in National races with the Austin Healey club between 1993 and1999. A list of the International races and events follows:
1993 May Spa Francorchamps Healey International race 7th
1993 May Spa Francorchamps Trophee des Ardennes 46th
1993 June Brands Hatch H.D.I. race 23rd
1993 June 1st Goodwood Festival of speed event 71.71seconds 3rd in class
1993 June H.D.I. race Montlery France 15th
1993 July Coys international Historic Festival Silverstone 50’s Sports Car Race 34th 1st in class
1993 August Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort H.D.I. race 18th 1st in class
1993 September Grand Prix de Picardie France
1993 October Nurburgring Eifel Classic 3rd in class, H.D.I. race D.N.F.
1994 June Brands Hatch H.D.I. race 18th 1st in class
1994 June Montlery Grand Prix de L’Age D’Or 50’s Sports Car race 20th
1994 June Zolder St.Nr.: 80
1994 August Zolder H.D.I. race 11th
1994 August Zolder A-H and M.G. challenge race 30th
1994 September Donnington Park H.D.I. race 13th
1994 September Zandvoort H.D.I. race 8th 1st in class
1994 October Nurburgring Eiffell Classic 20th overall 3rd in class
1994 October Nurburgring 150 mile race Best lap time 13.05 mins. 65th overall 2nd in class
1995 July Silverstone Coys International, H.D.I. race, 32nd overall 6th in class
1995 September Nurburgring Eiffell Classic 24th overall 4th in class
1995 September Nurburgring 150 mile race 52nd overall out of 152 starters, Best lap 12.42mins
1995 September Montlery Sports Car Race 21st overall.
1995 September Dijon-Prenois H.D.I. race 17th overall
1996 May Le Mans H.D.I. race 20th overall 1st in class
1996 June Donnington Park H.D.I. race 16th overall 1st in class
1996 August Zandvoot H.D.I. race 18th overall
1996 September Spa-Francorchamps 10 lap race 26th overall
1996 October Nurburgring 150 mile race 55th overall 2nd in class Best lap 12.28mins
1996 October Nurbugring Eiffell Classic 25th overall 4th in class
1997 May Brands Hatch H.D.I. race D.N.F.
1997 August Zolder H.D.I. race 19th overall
1997 September Nurburgring 150 mile race D.N.F.
1997 September Monza Italy Supertrofeo Alberto Ascari 21st overall
1998 May Spa-Francorchamps 1hr GT race 30th overall
1998 June Montlery H.D.I.race Last.
1998 Isle on man St.Nr 178
1998 September Manx Classic Meeting Isle of Man . Pursuit Sprint 12th, Sprint 11th, Race 11th
1998 October Nurburgring 300km race 78th overall 3rd in class. Best lap 12.40mins
1999 June Donington Park. Aston Martin Meeting , Pre-war and 50’s Sports car race. 11th overall , 3rd in class
2000 July Rally des Alpes Car No 1, Driver Chris Berens, co driver Jennie Berens. Crashed on Day 4
2000 October Nurburgring 300km race. Pulled out after 3 laps
2000 September Goodwood Revival meeting . Fordwater Trophy.. Best lap practice 1min 46secs D.N.F.
2001 Goodwood Revival Meeting
2007 24h le Mans – meeting & parade
2010 Grand Prix de Age d Or
2010 August Castle Combe

Literature:
Buch: Oldtimer Encyclopedie – Sportauto’s 1945 – 1975 in niederländisch
Buch: L’univers des Voitures de Sport in französisch
Rev counter magazine in the 90’s
Association of Healey Owners Gazette 90’s
Buch: Nürburgring 75 Jahre
Magazine: The Automobile, April 2007

Appendix:
D51 was bought new by Dr Eric Grattan who ,after having it serviced at the Warwick factory between May and September 1950 exported to Kenya where it raced and hillclimbed with several owners. It stayed in Kenya until coming back to the UK in 1977. Sometime in the 1960’s the Healey engine was taken out and a 3.4 litre Mk 7 Jaguar engine was put in it. The body work was extensively modified with a different front end. It became a pure race car but nothing is known of its race history between 1962 and 1977. When it was returned to the U.K. in 1977 Stanley Williams rebuilt the car to road standards but retained the Jaguar engine. After 2 further owners and storage for 5 years it was bought by the present owner. The body and the Jaguar engine were removed and a new standard Silverstone body put on it. A race prepared Healey engine from the Healey Sportsmobile, Chassis No B1663 was installed and for the next 10 years it was raced through out the U.K. and Europe. During this time the Jaguar engine and the body were put on a replica chassis and used on the roads and the occasional race in the U.K.
In 2004 after damage was done to the original body it was stripped down and returned to its original shape as it was when new. This was then reunited with its original chassis.

  • Chassis: D51
  • Reg. Nr.: First Reg. No.: JWD 447
    Kenya: KAA 655
    1986: J 3303
    ab 1992: LVS 474