1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster, Chassis no. BN1L-222891 Engine no. 222891

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1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster,
Chassis no. BN1L-222891 Engine no. 222891

€ 38,000 - 46,000
US$ 40,000 - 48,000
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster

Chassis no. BN1L-222891
Engine no. 222891
L'élégance du style de l'Austin-Healey 100 de Donald Healey fit sensation dès son apparition au Salon automobile de Londres 1952. Conçue comme une voiture de sport abordable, mais à haute performance et visant le marché américain qui absorba initialement près de 100 pour cent de la production, l'Austin-Healey 100 empruntait ses principaux organes mécaniques à l'Austin Atlantic. Plein de couple dès les bas régimes, le quatre-cylindres de 2 660 cm3 de cette dernière délivrait une puissance plutôt modeste de 90 ch, mais son adoption dans la Healey plus légère et mieux profilée garantit à celle-ci une vitesse de plus de 160 km/h et un temps d'accélération de 0 à 100 km/h inférieur à 11 secondes. La BN1 originale, équipée d'une transmission assez peu courante sous la forme d'une boîte à trois rapports avec overdrive sur les deux rapports supérieurs, fit place pour 1956 à l'éphémère BN2 à boîte à quatre rapports plus conventionnelle. Machine de sport virile capable de satisfaire le puriste, la 100 ne fut pas inférieure à ses remplaçantes à moteur six cylindres en termes de performance pure jusqu'à l'arrivée de l'Austin-Healey 3000 en 1959.
Éligible pour Le Mans Classic entre autres prestigieuses épreuves à caractère historique, cette Austin-Heaely 100 qui a fait l'objet d'une restauration poussée en 2000 est accompagnée d'un dossier détaillé exposant les travaux effectués. Peinte en rouge avec intérieur en cuir noir, la voiture décrite par son vendeur non professionnel comme étant en très bon état général est livrée avec son contrôle technique et sa carte grise normale.


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, which took almost 100% of production initially, 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. A three-speed gearbox equipped with overdrive on the top two ratios was an unusual feature of the original BN1, which was superseded by the short-lived, conventional four-speed BN2 for 1956. A muscular sports car to delight the purist, the 100 was not bettered by its six-cylinder successors in terms of outright performance until the introduction of the Austin-Healey 3000 in 1959.
Eligible for the Le Mans Classic and many other prestigious historic motoring events, this Austin-Healey 100 was extensively restored in 2000 and comes with a detailed photographic record of the work carried out. Finished in red with black leather interior, the car is described by the private vendor as in generally very good condition and offered with Contrôle Technique and French Carte Grise Normale.
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster, Chassis no. BN1L-222891 Engine no. 222891
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster, Chassis no. BN1L-222891 Engine no. 222891
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster, Chassis no. BN1L-222891 Engine no. 222891
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster, Chassis no. BN1L-222891 Engine no. 222891
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