1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 BN2
Chassis no. BN2L 230518
Engine no. B 230518 M
2,660cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
90bhp at 4,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Front Independent Suspension Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Matching numbers example
*Professionally restored throughout
*Desirable BN2 model in Le Mans trim
*Wonderful example of Britain's quintessential Roadster
*Offered with Heritage Trust Certificate and restoration receipts
THE AUSTIN-HEALEY 100
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 targeted for the US market, the car featured beautiful flowing bodywork and an adjustable lay-down windscreen, giving the low Roadster a particularly sporty profile. Fitted with a large, torquey 2,660cc four-cylinder engine, the light and streamlined Healey 100 was a genuine 100mph-plus car. A three-speed gearbox was equipped with overdrive in both 2nd and 3rd gears, essentially giving the car five speeds.
Soon after arriving on US shores, the sleek Austin-Healey 100 became the sports car to own among young Americans, and remains one of the most characteristic Roadsters ever produced.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
According to its Heritage Trust Certificate, this fine Austin-Healey was completed at the Longbridge Austin-Healey works in January 1956. A BN2 model, this example benefits from the four-speed overdrive transmission, and the many smaller improvements implemented during the course of production since the introduction of the BN1 in 1953. The left-hand-drive Austin-Healey was equipped with wire wheels, a heater, miles-per-hour speedometer and a laminated windscreen, and finished in the classic Ivory over black upholstery and weather equipment. Like most of these iconic British roadsters, this BN2 was destined for the North American market.
The Healey's early history remains unknown, but picks up as it found its way into the collection of the late Thomas D. Whippo of Reisertown, Maryland. The car's next and most recent previous owner was George Bunting of Cockeysville, Maryland, a noted collector of British sports cars.
In early 2009, Mr. Bunting entrusted the BN2 to Maryland-based Treasured Motorcar Services, Ltd, where a four-year restoration was soon begun. The extensive process covered both mechanical and cosmetic aspects of the car, beginning with a complete strip down and repaint in the original Ivory white color and installation of a new interior in a contrasting dark blue. A new wiring harness was installed and lights and electrical components refurbished. The suspension and braking systems were gone though and serviced, and the engine was removed, resealed and refurbished. More than $45,000 was spent, and the extensive work is neatly outlined in the many receipts in the accompanying history file.
This fine example of one of Britain's most iconic Roadsters looks and performs like a true sports car should. On a recent test-drive, the BN2 offered spritely acceleration, good braking and handling, and a smooth gearshift. Equipped with period correct Le Mans upgrades and a Denis Welch valve cover, the BN2 is true to the model's performance heritage, and would be a wonderful entry on a number of classic car driving events and rallies. The Healey's engine and body tags are still intact, and match the Heritage Trust Certificate. Overall, this wonderful example of Austin-Healey's excellent 100 BN2 should offer its next owner much joy and driving excitement.