1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4-L-O/56856 Engine no. 26D-RU-H/56856

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1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Roadster
Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. BN4-L-O/56856 Engine no. 26D-RU-H/56856

Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 22,653) inc. premium
1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Roadster
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. BN4-L-O/56856
Engine no. 26D-RU-H/56856
Despite its initial success, sales of the Austin-Healey 100 had begun to decline by the mid 1950s and the model was re-vamped for 1956, 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 7f' 8", which enabled the inclusion of two occasional seats in the rear. 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. Stylistically similar to the 100, the 100/6 was easily distinguishable by its 'crinkle' radiator grille and bonnet-top air intake.
A BN4 (2+2) model equipped with manual/overdrive transmission, this example was sold new in North America and re-imported into the UK from Seattle c.1989. The subject of a professional, 'last nut and bolt', body-off, total restoration, including conversion from lefthand to righthand drive, the car has seen little use since completion and is presented in good condition throughout. Many of the new parts (too numerous to list here) were supplied by the Northern Healey Centre, the total cost of the restoration, for which bills are available, amounting to some £38,000. The accompanying Heritage Trust Certificate confirms that the car has been re-finished in its original colour scheme of Healey Blue over white, while the interior has been professionally re-trimmed in white-piped dark blue Connolly hide. Included in the sale is a full set of weather equipment - hood and frame, sidescreens and tonneau - new, unused and still in its boxes. This superb 'Big Healey' is offered with restoration photographs and current MoT. The vendor advises us that a Swansea V5 registration document has been applied for and is expected to accompany the car at time of sale.

Saleroom notices

  • Although a number of bills accompany this lot, the total amount is not £38,000 as catalogued as the previous owner has been unable to locate all the restoration invoices. We recommend interested parties view the car's history file for further details of the numerous works that have been carried out. We are also advised the registration number WVS 962 has been allocated and the Swansea V5 will follow shortly from DVLA.
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