1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607
Lot 221
'TAC 787' - the 1955 Earls Court Motor Show
1955 Austin-Healey 100 BN2 Roadster
£100,000 - 140,000
US$ 130,000 - 180,000

Lot Details
1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster  Chassis no. BN2-228607
1955 Austin Healey 100 BN2 Roadster
Registration no. TAC 787
Chassis no. BN2-228607
*1955 Earls Court Motor Show car
*Comprehensive provenance
*1 of 165 UK RHD cars built
*Fully restored by marque experts
*AHOC National class and outright concours champion 2016

Footnotes

  • The historic Austin-Healey offered here, right-hand drive chassis number '228607', is one of the four cars displayed by the factory at the 1955 Earls Court Motor Show. The accompanying BMIHT certificate records the fact that '228607' was shown at Earls Court, and was the first Austin Healey 100 painted in Florida Green over white. It also lists the matching green interior trim, a laminated windscreen, and a heater as factory fitted options.

    'TAC 787' was registered after the show (on 10th November 1955) to the Donald Healey Motor Company Ltd, and later that same month was sold to a Lt Colonel Hyde of Woking, Surrey. An enthusiast who also owned, at various times, a Vincent-HRD, a Jaguar 2.4-litre, a Mini, and a Vespa. Lt Colonel Hyde kept the Healey until December 1963, by which time it had covered some 45,000 miles. There are various service records on file dating from Lt Colonel Hyde's ownership.

    On 30th January 1964, 'TAC 787' was bought by Mr Alan Wayland of Plaistow, Sussex, who kept the car until September 1965 (see letter on file). Towards the end of his ownership, the engine was rebuilt and the car re-sprayed in its original Florida Green/Old English White colour scheme. Mr Wayland kindly passed on his original service history documents and photographs of the car from this time including on tour in Europe in the Italian Alps and at Lake Garda.

    At some time during the winter of 1965, the Healey was bought by an estate agent in Woking, it is believed via a personal advertisement in The Times newspaper. 'TAC 787' did not stay with its new owner for very long, passing circa 1966 to a Mr Roderick Barron of Ashford, Kent and then around 1967 to Mr Trevor Sweet of Luton, Bedfordshire. Around 1983, the car passed to a Mr Keith Boyer, from whom it was purchased on 11th July 1997 by the current owner.

    By this time showing circa 91,300 miles on the odometer, 'TAC 787' had been partially dismantled and was in a sorry state. Nevertheless, Anders Clausager – senior archivist at the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust – was able to identify it as one of the 1955 Earls Court Show cars, a finding confirmed not only by the original chassis and body tags but also by the discovery of the words 'show car' written on some of the fittings and other unique detailing exclusive to 'show' cars. Steve Norton recalls his thoughts at the time 'Keith had known it was the show car for years so getting the chance to buy it and restore it was a once in a lifetime opportunity'.

    The restoration did not start immediately, and it was not until May 2010 that this challenging project commenced. It would not be completed until June 2016, but the six-year labour of love was amply rewarded when 'TAC 787' won the 'Best of Show' and '100 Class' awards at the Austin-Healey Owners Club National Concours that same month. It was subsequently displayed on the AH Club stand at the NEC Classic Car Show in November 2016. During the engine rebuild, the opportunity was taken to increase its power output by incorporating the special camshaft and high-compression pistons of the 'Le Mans' model.

    Presented in outstanding condition, exactly as displayed in 1955, 'TAC 787' comes complete with tool kit (in roll), jack and handle (in roll), wheel hammer, tonneau cover, side screens (in bag), and its original number plate. Also included in the sale are original publications to include a driver's handbook, rare early sales brochure (BN1 with BN2 changes glued in), workshop manual, factory parts book, Earls Court Show Guide and exhibitor's badge, Autocar show report, and instructions for the rare Trico vacuum windscreen washer option fitted for the show.

    Accompanying documentation includes restoration instructions, (copy) original Warwick Council registration ledger, vehicle registration letters, press cuttings and period photographs, 100/4 Register notes, various service records and receipts, concours marking certificate, current MoT, V5C Registration Certificate, etc. A unique opportunity to acquire an historic example of this iconic Austin-Healey model.
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