The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1

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Lot 33
1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car
Registration no. DG 95 Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1

Sold for £ 158,300 (US$ 217,545) inc. premium
'DG 95' - The ex-Don Grimshaw, 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo, 1965 East African Safari, and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies
1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car
Registration no. DG 95
Chassis no. BN6/974
Engine no. XSP/2188-1

*In period international competition history
*Fitted with an ex-works engine
*Ex-Arthur Carter Collection
*Extensively restored

Footnotes

  • 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three-speed gearbox equipped with overdrive on the top two ratios was an unusual feature of the original BN1, which was superseded by the short-lived, conventional four-speed BN2 in 1955.

    In 1953 a team of drivers including Donald Healey and George Eyston set a host of international and AMA speed records at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats driving two Healey 100s. Highlights including a maximum speed of 143.626mph and 1,000 kilometres at an average of 127.00mph achieved by the tuned car and 24 hours at an average of 104.3mph set by the AMA-selected 'off-the-showroom-floor' example.

    The Austin-Healey 100 was revamped for 1956, BMC's 2.6-litre C-series six replacing the original four-cylinder Austin Atlantic engine, and at the same time the wheelbase was lengthened slightly to enable 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.

    BMC's development of the Big Healey for rallying started in 1957 with the 2.6-litre 100/6 model which debuted in that year's Sestrière Rally co-driven by Tommy Wisdom and his daughter, Ann. Wisdom, partnered by Cecil Winby, then drove the same car, 'UOC 741', in that year's Mille Miglia, finishing 9th in class and 1st in price category. By the time the new 2.9-litre 3000 model took over mid-way through 1959, the 100/6 had demonstrated considerable promise as a rally car, achieving a number of leader-board finishes including a 1st in Class and the Coupe des Dames for Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom in the 1958 Alpine Rally, and a GT Category win for Jack Sears in the '59 Tulip Rally. It is worth noting that on the race circuit section at Zandvoort, Sears set a time that bettered the Aston Martin, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz entries.

    Development had been facilitated by the transfer of Austin-Healey production to MG's Abingdon factory in 1957 and the decision to base the works' rally programme at the Competitions Department there under Marcus Chambers. Benefiting from the attention of MG's experienced engineers, the Big Healey was progressively developed over the course of the next six years before a change in the FIA's Appendix J regulations at the end of 1965 outlawed many of the special parts that had been homologated for competition use.

    Although the Big Healey retained a separate chassis and body in traditional sports car fashion, for rallying these two components were welded together to form a structure of greatly increased strength and rigidity. Wherever possible, body panels - wings, doors and bonnet included - were fabricated in aluminium rather than steel to save weight, while from 1960 the boot lid was moulded in glassfibre, gaining a distinctive upward extension to accommodate twin spare wheels. To protect the low-slung under-body, 'bash' plates were invariably employed. This lack of ground clearance was the car's greatest weakness, explaining the works' policy of running them 'nose up' to avoid grounding the sump. Lack of rear suspension travel was another disadvantage, not addressed until the introduction of dipped chassis side members from late 1963, a modification that later found its way onto the 3000 MkIII Phase II production model. Other essential competition modifications included four-wheel disc brakes, close-ratio gears and a limited-slip differential.

    The Big Healey's first major success was gained in 1960 when Pat Moss, partnered by co-driver Ann Wisdom, having finished second in the Alpine, then made history by winning the gruelling Liège-Rome-Liège (Marathon de la Route) event outright. It was the first occasion that a woman had won a major international rally. The following year the Morley twins - Don and Erle - won the Austrian Alpine Rally outright, a feat they repeated in 1962. Big Healeys were regular class winners and frequently took the team award, though in the face of increasing competition, not least from the Mini Cooper, outright wins were comparatively few. The car's final outright victories came in 1964 when Paddy Hopkirk won the Austrian Alpine Rally and Rauno Aaltonen the last Marathon de la Route held on public roads, which on this occasion followed a Spa-Sofia-Liège route.

    The car offered here, 'DG 95', was owned and rallied in period by Don Grimshaw, who at one time also owned the ex-works Austin-Healeys 'UOC 741' and 'SMO 745'. It incorporates many 'works only' modifications, indicating at the very least that it was worked on by BMC's Competitions Department at various times. In 1962, Don Grimshaw drove 'DG 95' in the Monte Carlo Rally, finishing 31st, and the following year entered the car in various national events in the UK, including the Yorkshire Rally. In 1965 he competed in four international rallies with 'DG 95': Monte Carlo, Geneva, East African Safari and Spa-Sofia-Liège.

    In his book, 'Big Healeys in Competition', John Baggott states that 'DG 95' was sold by Grimshaw and after intervening owners ended up in the possession of Peter Cresdee in 1970. Peter used the Healey for club rallies and sprints, and on one occasion loaned it to the great Timo Mäkinen for a brief 'test drive'. In 1977, no longer having space to store the Healey, he sold it to Arthur Carter, in whose celebrated collection it would remain for the next 30-or-so years.

    During Arthur Carter's ownership (in 2002), 'DG 95' was inspected by Paul Woolmer of marque specialists Woolmer Classic Engineering. In January 2016, Mr Woolmer inspected the car again, and his detailed and illustrated report is on file (perusal highly recommended). This report states that 'DG 95' is fitted with many BMC Abingdon Competitions Department modifications that were not available to the general public; continuing: 'It is extremely unlikely that all of these parts could have been assembled without the car being prepared by the Competitions Dept.' These modifications were introduced at different dates, indicating that this car was returned to the Competitions Department on several occasions between 1958 and 1961.

    It is not known whether or not this car was ever entered by the works. Although the Competitions Department's primary function was to prepare the works-entered cars, it also worked on cars belonging to selected customers, such as Don Grimshaw, to help fund its activities. Any successes achieved by these favoured customers would, of course, only serve to generate additional valuable publicity for the BMC brand.

    Modifications in the style of those made by the Competitions Department include strengthened front wishbone mountings and rear radius arms (unlike the later production version) with mounts that could only have been made at the Abingdon factory. Paul Woolmer states that 'DG 95' is the only non-works Healey 3000 rally car he has seen with the latter modification. 'DG 95' is also fitted with a Competitions Department full disc brake set up. It has standard 3000 Mark I front disc brakes and the special Girling rear disc brakes only seen on works cars, while the works-specification twin brake servos are mounted on works-style brackets.

    'DG 95' is fitted with one of the Austin-Healey 3000 'XSP' 2.9-litre engines. 'XSP' engines were specially modified units built to a detailed Competitions Department specification by the Experimental Department at Morris Engines in Cowley; in this case specification number '2188'. The '1' suffix shows that it was the first engine finished to this specification. The triple 2" SU carburettor induction on handmade inlet manifolds is another early Competitions Department design and very rare.

    Turning to the body and fittings: the aluminium boot lid is an original Competitions Department, as is the bonnet; the latter is to the later 3000 style, albeit with vents at the rear in an earlier style. The bonnet opening pull lever is as per the early works cars, while the front grille surround is from a much later car and not correct for this model. A passenger compartment fresh air vent is fitted to the front shroud ahead of the windscreen. These vents were used on Competitions Department-prepared works rally cars when regulations allowed. The fuel tank is an original Competitions Department large-capacity item shaped to accommodate two spare wheels. This car also has an original factory-produced hardtop of the type available as an optional extra for standard production cars. The numerous original rally scrutineering stickers in the rear window confirm that it is at least the car's original rear window and most likely the original hardtop too.

    The interior has several original Competitions Department features. Most obvious are the matching rally seats, which were specially made by the Abingdon trim shop to a Competitions Department design. The dashboard is a production item with a Competitions Department-style switch panel added in the centre and a trip meter on the extreme left, all as seen on the early works cars. The steering wheel and gear knob are later modifications.

    Finished in the BMC works team's distinctive red/white livery, 'DG 95' was treated to a bodywork and mechanical overhaul in 2005/2006, the engine and gearbox being rebuilt by Mass Racing. Described as 'competition ready', the car comes with a history file containing an old-style continuation logbook (1970s); sundry invoices; a V5C registration document; assorted period photographs and press cuttings; and the aforementioned report by Paul Woolmer.

Saleroom notices

  • Please be advised the invoices mentioned in the catalogue are not with the car but it is hoped these will follow post-sale.
Contacts
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
The ex-Don Grimshaw; 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo; 1965 East African Safari and 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies,1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car  Chassis no. BN6/974 Engine no. XSP/2188-1
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