1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927

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Lot 314
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster

Sold for £ 51,750 (US$ 67,731) inc. premium
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster
Registration no. 993 UYR
Chassis no. BN-L/224927
*Iconic 'first of the line' model
*Matching numbers
*Long-term ownership for circa 50 years
*Restored condition
*Eligible for the Le Mans Classic

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 United States 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, an exceptional performance at the time. 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three-speed gearbox equipped with overdrive on the top two ratios was an unusual feature of the original BN1, which was superseded by the short-lived, conventional four-speed BN2 for 1956.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.

    This left-hand drive Austin-Healey 100 was built as a North American export model and spent most of its life in sunny Palm Springs, California. The Healey has had only two owners from new, the second of whom acquired the car in 1965. The car benefits from extensive restoration, including a full engine rebuild carried out in 1997 by a Healey specialist, since when only some 500 miles have been covered. Other works included a full repaint of the original rust-free body, re-chroming of brightwork, rebuilding the suspension and brakes, overhauling the carburettors, rebuilding the overdrive (Hardy Engineering), and fitting a stainless steel exhaust system. After completing the restoration earlier this year, the owner has decided to sell the car, which is described as in generally excellent condition, with superb panel fit, driving and stopping really well.

    Eligible for the Le Mans Classic and many other prestigious historic motoring events, this beautiful Austin-Healey is offered with sundry restoration invoices, BMIHT Certificate, current MoT and a V5C document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please be advised that the chassis number is incorrect and should read: BN1L 224927.
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1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
1955 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN-L/224927
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