<b>1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1</b><br />Chassis no. BN1L 158587<br />Engine no. 1B214333M
Lot 312¤
1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1
Sold for US$ 39,600 inc. premium

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1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1
Chassis no. BN1L 158587
Engine no. 1B214333M

2,660cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
90hp at 4,000rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*One owner from new. From an estate sale
*Matching numbers example
*Unrestored. Believed to have been last run in 2012
*Always kept inside
*Easy re-commission to "driver quality", or full restoration


THE AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 BN1

The Austin-Healey 100 was the result of a partnership signed in 1952 between the head of BMC, Leonard Lord, and Donald Healey. The '100' – so named for its top-speed capability – was unveiled at the 1952 Earl's Court Motor Show as a "real sports car." The 100 was simple and strong; the frame comprising a pair of steel rails that ran the length of the chassis about 17 inches apart, passing beneath the live rear axle and below the front lower wishbones. The body was supported by brackets extending outward from the main rails. The engine was the old Austin 90 long-stroke four of 2,660cc, developing 90bhp at 4000rpm and 144 foot-pounds of torque at 2000rpm. The gearbox was a three-speed manual with floor shift, enhanced by a Laycock de Normanville overdrive on second and third gears. An endearing feature is its lay-down windscreen, which adds greatly to its dashing, streamlined look, and not coincidentally, to its top speed.

The BN1 proved to be an able competitor; in fact, prior to the advent of the M-kit cars and the lightweight 'S' spec cars, the standard was carried by the early BN1 - albeit in sometimes modified form. Early outings included the Mille Miglia, and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This left-hand drive BN1 Roadster was sold by Galagher Motors Inc. Broadway and East Pike Street, Seattle, Washington on September 8, 1954 to James 'Jim' Johnson late of Marine-on-St. Croix, Minnesota. Its retail price was $2,985 and Jim traded in his 1952 Studebaker at $1,045 in the transaction. Its mileage today is 64,507 – believed to be accurate. The car has sat for the past five years in a secure garage. There is no battery in the car but the engine, clutch and brakes are free.
There is a history file that will come with the car. It came with red trim, a red top and tonneau, a laminated glass windshield (which has a chip in it), and was painted in popular factory Black.

The late Jim Johnson was a design engineer, whose perhaps best-known work is the Park Tools' bicycle repair stand. Park Tool, a local Minnesota success story, leads the world in the manufacture of tools to build and repair bicycles. Jim was an avid cyclist, in 1958 riding from Switzerland to the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, where he obtained a press pass. Some of his photographs of that event appeared in the April 2017 edition of Classic and Sports Car magazine. There are four dash plaques recording Jim's participation in shows and driving events, and one recording his ownership when it passed 50 years.

This Austin-Healey 100 has never been restored although it was regularly maintained, and repaired as necessary. There is a small history file, manuals and other paperwork including its original sales invoice. It is believed that it still wears its original paint, chrome, trim and interior as well as its top and side-screens. It has no visible modifications for its original specification except for a period aftermarket ribbed, aluminum valve cover. It appears to have been converted to a single 12-volt battery instead of the stock, doubled-up 6-volt batteries. The wire-spoke wheels appear to be the originals; the tires are older 165x15 Dunlop SP radials that fill the wheel wells somewhat, unlike the original cross-ply. The handbrake does not work!

The car's overall condition is good. What rust there is, is readily visible on both sides of the car, at the lower trailing edge of the front fenders, the lower leading edge of the rear fenders, and both rocker panels between the fenders. There is no visible rust elsewhere in the car. The doors are in good shape, as is the hood and trunk lid, with no hinge or catch wear apparent. Shut lines are excellent all around. The panels are generally in good condition apart from a few minor dents and creases.

The steering wheel, dash and instruments appear to be in very usable condition, and believed to be functioning. The trim and seats need cleaning but are in surprisingly good condition; the carpets need replacing. The top, tonneau and side screens are complete but "tired"; the top's frame is excellent. It is supplied with a tool roll, jack, and spare wheel.

This BN1 should take no more than thorough re-commissioning and cleaning to make it "driver quality". Or otherwise it would make an excellent basis for a full restoration. Perhaps, Ideally, it could be one before the other.

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  • Please note this car is titled under Engine no. 1B214333.
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