Donald Healey made a name for himself at Triumph before the war; and after it, he formed his own motor company to build curvaceous roadsters and coupés using Riley parts. No British four-seater was faster than his Westland and Elliot models when launched. In 1949 came the Silverstone, a sleek and light sports car with stripped-down styling, aimed at weekend racers.
An alliance with American firm Nash resulted in an attempt to sell cars in the USA, but little came of this endeavour. Healey then designed his iconic 100 sports car which so impessed British Motor Corporation's chairman Leonard Lord that it agreed to build it under the Austin-Healey name from 1954.