1957 Austin Healey 100/6 BN4 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4-O/45824

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Lot 168
1957 Austin Healey 100/6 BN4 Roadster
Registration no. 163 UYS Chassis no. BN4-O/45824

£ 36,000 - 42,000
US$ 47,000 - 55,000
1957 Austin Healey 100/6 BN4 Roadster
Registration no. 163 UYS
Chassis no. BN4-O/45824
*First of the six-cylinder 'Big Healeys'
*Genuine right-hand drive model
*Imported from Australia
*Highly original

Footnotes

  • 'After a really gruelling road test, I can say that this new sports model is ideal for Continental touring. It also stood up to lap after lap of the Nürburgring at racing speeds, without complaint, and that must be equivalent to a vast mileage under more humane conditions. Finally, it has the kind of appearance that will make many prospective purchasers reach for their cheque books.' – John Bolster on the Austin-Healey 100/6, Autosport, 12th October 1956.

    Introduced for 1956, the 100/6 represented the most radical step forward in the Big Healey's development. Despite its initial success, sales of the original Austin-Healey 100 had begun to decline by the mid-1950s and so the model was revamped as the '100/6', BMC's 2.6-litre C-series six replacing the original four-cylinder Austin Atlantic engine. At the same time the wheelbase was lengthened from 7' 6" to 7' 8", which enabled the inclusion of two occasional seats in the rear of the BN4 variant. In 100-6 tune the pushrod six produced 102bhp – 12 horsepower more than its predecessor - though the inevitable weight gain meant that there was little if any improvement in performance, the car's top speed remaining at 103mph or thereabouts. Although stylistically very similar to the preceding 100, the 100/6 was nevertheless easily distinguishable by its 'crinkle' radiator grille and bonnet-top air intake. In 1957 an improved six-port engine became available, and this 117bhp unit was fitted to all the newly introduced BN6 two-seater roadsters. Top speed improved to 111mph and 1.7 seconds was cut from the 0-60mph time.

    This 100/6's last owner looked at numerous disappointing UK-delivered examples before deciding to look further afield, discovering this very nice, well preserved, and highly original right-hand drive car in Australia. The Healey was purchased from the highly respected specialist dealer, The Classic Throttle Shop in Sydney, NSW. Well serviced since acquisition and used sparingly, the car is described by the vendor as in good condition throughout. Representing a rare opportunity to acquire a genuine right-hand drive example that has not suffered from the UK climate, this delightfully patinated and eminently usable Austin-Healey 100/6 comes with weather equipment and a V5C Registration Certificate.
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1957 Austin Healey 100/6 BN4 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4-O/45824
1957 Austin Healey 100/6 BN4 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4-O/45824
1957 Austin Healey 100/6 BN4 Roadster  Chassis no. BN4-O/45824
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