1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611

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1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster
Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611

Sold for US$ 33,345 inc. premium
1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster
Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611
Introduced for 1956, the 100/6 represented the most radical step forward in the 'Big Healey' sports car'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-cylinder engine replacing the original four-cylinder Austin Atlantic unit. 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. Stylistically similar to the 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.

This car is known to have been supplied originally on July 23, 1957. By 2006 it was in need of a rebuild and a complete restoration was undertaken to bring it to the finely presented car that it is today. Looking spritely in pale blue/green over Old English White livery, its interior has been re-furbished to match this and the car comes complete with a tonneau cover, side curtains and top boot, while unusually it retains period disc wheels. Completing the package to accompany the car is an original leather bound owner's manual.

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  • The model year of this vehicle is a 1958
1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611
1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611
1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611
1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611
1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611
1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611
1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611
1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4 2+2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4L-S-49611
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