1956  Austin-Healey  100/4 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-L/230671 Engine no. 1B/230671-M

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1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2 Roadster

Sold for € 120,750 (US$ 124,251) inc. premium
1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2 Roadster
Chassis no. BN2-L/230671
Engine no. 1B/230671-M
•Original left-hand drive delivery
•Matching numbers and colours
•No expense spared restoration 2015-2016
•Four-speed manual/overdrive gearbox

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, limited production 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. In fact, the car first appeared at Earls Court badged as a 'Healey Hundred' and was re-badged 'Austin-Healey' while still on its stand after Austin boss Leonard Lord bought the rights to the design. It was just as well that he did, for Healey would take over 3,000 orders during the Show yet his company had never made more than 200 cars in a single year!

Lord had been happy to agree to supply Austin Atlantic components as the model had not been selling well in its intended market - the USA - and was scheduled for deletion. Low-revving and torquey, the Atlantic'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three-speed gearbox equipped with overdrive on the top two ratios was an unusual feature of the original BN1, which was superseded by the short-lived, conventional four-speed BN2 for 1956. 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. 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.

Left-hand drive chassis number '230671', a desirable BN2 model with 4-speed and overdrive, was completed in March 1956 for export to the USA. The car was originally finished in Healey Blue with matching interior trim and convertible top, and left the factory equipped with the optional laminated windscreen and a heater.

In 1992 the Healey was bought by a dealer in the UK and subsequently sold to a Dutch enthusiast, remaining in storage until the current vendor purchased it. Today, the Healey is offered fresh from a full restoration that consumed some 1,200 man-hours: 450 on the body and paintwork, the remainder on the mechanicals, not counting the engine and gearbox rebuilds. The car has been restored with meticulous attention to detail, from the original steel-aluminum bodywork down to the original chrome work that has been reconditioned by hand. No expense was spared to make this car period perfect, including the beautifully finished Mohair top.

In short, a 100/4 BN2 for the real enthusiast of Big Healeys, to be welcomed at any concours in view of its condition. Invoices and build details are available for inspection, and a photographic record of the restoration process comes with car together with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate.
1956  Austin-Healey  100/4 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-L/230671 Engine no. 1B/230671-M
1956  Austin-Healey  100/4 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-L/230671 Engine no. 1B/230671-M
1956  Austin-Healey  100/4 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-L/230671 Engine no. 1B/230671-M
1956  Austin-Healey  100/4 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-L/230671 Engine no. 1B/230671-M
1956  Austin-Healey  100/4 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-L/230671 Engine no. 1B/230671-M
1956  Austin-Healey  100/4 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-L/230671 Engine no. 1B/230671-M
1956  Austin-Healey  100/4 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-L/230671 Engine no. 1B/230671-M
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