1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085
Lot 135
A true survivor, only 25,000 documented miles from new
1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1
Sold for US$ 74,250 inc. premium

Lot Details
1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1  Chassis no. BN1L 222344 Engine no. 1B222344 MBody No. 5179 7085
1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1

Chassis no. BN1L 222344
Engine no. 1B222344 M
Body No. 5179 7085

2,660 cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
90bhp at 4,000rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission With Overdrive
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*A true survivor, only 25,000 documented miles from new
*Matching numbers example
*Three registered owners from new
*British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate included
*Comprehensive and detailed records from 1958



THE AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 BN1

Before the 100 LeMans, before the Healey 100S, there was simply the Austin-Healey 100, but what an amazing car it proved to be. The result of a partnership signed in 1952 between the head of BMC, Leonard Lord, and successful automotive engineer and Donald Healey, the '100' – so named for its top-speed capability – was unveiled at the 1952 Earl's Court Motor Show as a more sporting alternative to the rather stodgy Austin A90 Atlantic convertible. The 100 was simple and strong; the frame comprising a pair of steel rails that ran the length of the chassis about 17 inches apart, passing beneath the live rear axle and below the front lower wishbones. The alloy and steel body was supported by brackets extending outward from the main rails. The engine was the old Austin 90 long-stroke four of 2660cc, developing 90bhp at 4000rpm and 144 foot-pounds of torque at 2000rpm. Griffith Borgeson would write "Such high torque at low engine speed is one of the competition assets of the Austin-Healey. Another is its durability...". The gear box was a three-speed manual unit with floor shift, enhanced by a Laycock de Normanville overdrive on second and third gears. In High Overdrive, top speed is about 110 mph. An endearing feature of the Austin-Healey is its lay-down windscreen, which adds greatly to its dashing, streamlined look, and not coincidentally, to its top speed.

The BN1 proved to be an able competitor; in fact, prior to the advent of the lightweight 'S' spec cars the standard was carried by the early BN1 variant - albeit in sometimes modified form. Early outings included Lyon-Charbonnieres Rally, Mille Miglia, and the Le Mans 24 Hours – where Autocourse commented: "the performance of the two Austin-Healeys in the hands of Becquart/Wilkins and Gastonides/Lockett, probably the cheapest cars in the race, was remarkable". Outings at the Goodwood Nine Hour race and with American Bob Cottam in the Trifels Rally and Trifels hill climb cemented the legend.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The lovely left-hand drive BN1 Roadster was completed December 20, 1954 at the Longbridge works. It was fitted with red trim, a red top and tonneau, a heater, and a laminated glass windshield, and painted in Olde English White, just as it presents today. The following February, it was delivered to a Mr. J.D. Carter of Mission, Kansas. Apparently he drove the car only sparingly; in 1958, when it had recorded but 6,772 miles, Mr. Carter was transferred to a new job location, and rather than bringing the Healey with him, he sold it to a Mr. Robert Flarsheim of Kansas City, Missouri. The car remained with Mr. Flarsheim's family until 2013, passing to his son-in-law Mr. Kirk Polson of Clayton, California in 1985. Mr. Flarsheim proved to be the consummate enthusiast; beginning in late 1958, he kept careful note of gas fill-ups, oil changes, and service work lavished upon this Austin-Healey over his many years of custody, along with every annual registration and insurance renewal. Mr. Polson continued that practice, and the car is thus supplied with a comprehensive 3-ring binder full of paperwork. Those documents validate that this amazing automobile has been driven just 25,000 miles from new, certainly making this one of the lowest-mileage BN1s on the planet. Retaining its original 2,660 cc in-line four-cylinder engine, three-speed transmission with overdrive, and wire wheels, this wonderful sports car has never been fully restored, but thankfully, it has also never been modified with louvers or hood straps to pose as a "Le Mans" replica. Rather, it has been carefully maintained over the years, repairs made as necessary, one good-quality respray in its original color of Olde English White performed, one interior renewal in 1987 in red leather, wool carpeting, and a new top and tonneau cover.

It is supplied with its original spare wire wheel, a set of Dunlop Racing tires, a tool roll and jack, original owner's manual (including the maintenance pamphlet for the overdrive unit), and a factory service manual. This fine BN1 roadster would be a worthy addition to any collection of fine post-war British sports cars and would be eligible for such world-class motoring events as the annual California Mille.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1955 and with chassis number BN11222344.
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