Austin Healey 3000
Lot 119
1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 BN4 Roadster Project Chassis no. BN4L-O/60963 Engine no. 26DRH-6096
Sold for £21,850 (US$ 36,725) inc. premium
Lot Details
1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 BN4 Roadster Project
Registration no. UVS 973
Chassis no. BN4L-O/60963
Engine no. 26DRH-6096

Footnotes

  • 'After a really gruelling road test, I can say that this new sports model is ideal for Continental touring. It also stood up to lap after lap of the Nürburgring at racing speeds, without complaint, and that must be equivalent to a vast mileage under more humane conditions. Finally, it has the kind of appearance that will make many prospective purchasers reach for their cheque books.' – John Bolster on the Austin-Healey 100/6, Autosport, 12th October 1956.
    Introduced for 1956, the 100/6 represented the most radical step forward in the Big Healey's development. Despite its initial success, sales of the original Austin-Healey 100 had begun to decline by the mid-1950s and so the model was revamped as the '100/6', BMC's 2.6-litre C-series six replacing the original four-cylinder Austin Atlantic engine. At the same time the wheelbase was lengthened from 7' 6" to 7' 8", which enabled the inclusion of two occasional seats in the rear of the BN4 variant. In 100-6 tune the pushrod six produced 102bhp - 12bhp more than its predecessor - though the inevitable weight gain meant that there was little if any improvement in performance, the car's top speed remaining at 103mph or thereabouts. Although stylistically very similar to the preceding 100, the 100/6 was nevertheless easily distinguishable by its 'crinkle' radiator grille and bonnet-top air intake. In 1957 an improved six-port engine became available, and this 117bhp unit was fitted to all the newly introduced BN6 two-seater roadsters. Top speed improved to 111mph and 1.7 seconds was cut from the 0-60mph time.
    Originally a left-hand drive model, this BN4 2+2 roadster has been rallied extensively and comes equipped with glassfibre hardtop, half roll cage, modern bucket seats, alternator electrics and an Autostorica mileage tracker. Morris Jennings rebuilt the engine and the car underwent a major service in February/March 1994. It was last taxed for the road in 2000 and although the tyres are perished the chassis remains in remarkably good condition. An affordable entry into the world of historic rallying, the car is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. FIA and HSCC Papers, BMIHT Certificate and Swansea V5 accompany the car.

    In storage for several years, the car will require re-commissioning before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed.
    No Reserve.
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