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Le Mans Healey JGO 892 Background

This article is taken from www.le-mans-healey.co.uk, a site written by the current owner of Healey Elliott registration number JGO 892.  The site includes photographs of the restoration work being carried out on the car.

In June 1949, Nigel Mann and Les Onslow-Bartlett set off from England in an almost standard and road legal Healey Elliott, registration number JGO 892, to compete in one of the greatest and most famous car races of them all, the Le Mans 24 hour race.  This was the first time that a Healey badged car had ever entered the competition and marked the beginning of several attempts by Healey cars to take the title.  The opposition was very strong in the first running of the race since the war with both private entries, like JGO 892, and works teams entered and many of those that began the race were to fail along the way.  The Elliott was more than able to withstand the many hours of high speed racing and after the 24 hours had covered 1515 miles at an average speed of 63 mph, finishing in 13th position.  The following year the same car returned, again with the number JGO 892.  This time it had been partly prepared in the Healey factory beside the works entered Nash Healey, with the engine being worked on by the legendary Riley racer Freddy Dixon.  For 1950, Nigel Mann was partnered by Mort' Morris Goodall.  They started in 21st position (carrying the number 21), covered 1706 miles at an average speed of 71 mph and finished 19th overall.

After Le Mans the car was retired from motor racing but continued to be used on the road in Great Britain until about 1973 when a restoration effort began.  Since 1989 I have owned the car and slowly, year by year, the project progresses with the ultimate aim of getting the car back to Le Mans for the parade of previous entrants held every year before the "Le Mans 24 Heure" begins.

The chassis, engine, running gear and most of the body is now restored.  The next job is to sort out the fit of the body to the chassis, the electrical system and the interior.  This website is still under construction, but will be showing the restoration and history of JGO 892 in full.

JGO892 racing at Le Mans

JGO 892 racing at Le Mans in 1949

JGO892 in July 1989

JGO 892 in July 1989

 

Specifications: 4 cylinder Riley 2.4 twin cam engine. Two door aluminium body on Ash wood frame. Rear wheel drive. Swinging arm front suspension.

Manufactured in 1947, one of 101 Elliotts built, at the time the world's fastest four seater production saloon car. Maximum speed 110mph in standard tune.

 

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