1956 Austin-Healey 100  Chassis no. BN2L-228644
Lot 353
1955 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN2 Roadster Chassis no. BN2L-228644 Engine no. 1B288872M
Sold for US$ 51,750 inc. premium
Lot Details
1955 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN2 Roadster
Chassis no. BN2L-228644
Engine no. 1B288872M
• 2,660cc iinline four-cylinder
• Four-speed manual with overdrive

• Sensational folding-windshield looks
• Early European-delivery Healey
• Heritage Trust Certificate on file

Donald Healey's stylish Austin-Healey 100 caused a sensation when it debuted at the 1952 London Motor Show. Intended as a low-cost, high-performance sports car and aimed at the US market, the Austin-Healey 100 sourced its major components from the Austin Atlantic saloon. Low-revving and torquey, the latter's 2,660cc four-cylinder engine produced an unremarkable 90bhp, but when installed in the lighter and more streamlined Healey the result was a genuine 100mph-plus car capable of reaching 60mph in under 11 seconds.

This delightful 100-4 Healey, a left-hand-drive export model, was built on September 26, 1955 according to the Heritage Trust Certificate on file. Its original destination was Dusseldorf, Germany, where it was delivered in Carmine Red with black upholstery and top, and fitted at the factory with dual vertical dip headlights, a heater, and wire wheels.

Its early European history is unknown, but it is understood to have been comprehensively restored in the mid-1970s. It then spent the next three decades in hibernation before being discovered again in Nevada in 2005, at which point it was put back on the road once again. Around this time the Healey was repainted and a number of mechanical and cosmetic needs were addressed, as would be expected after a 30-year sleep.

The previous owner nicknamed the car "Happy", as his daughter remarked that: "She is a happy car; she makes you happy to own and drive her and she makes others happy who see her." "Happy" passed into the Oldenburg Collection in 2007 and has since been enjoyed immensely. Today, "Happy" looks for a new owner, hopefully one who wants to hit the road and write a new chapter in her history.

Without reserve

Footnotes

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