<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869

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Lot 111
1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification

US$ 90,000 - 140,000
£ 73,000 - 110,000
Amended
1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification
Chassis no. BN2L230869
Engine no. 1B230869

2,660cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
110bhp at 4,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission w/ Overdrive
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Pedigreed example likely to have been prepared at the Donald Healey Works and delivered new to Belgium
*Offered with sizable history file, Heritage Certificate and tonneau cover
*Presented in the factory delivered Healey-Blue livery
*Retaining matching-numbers engine and body panels


THE AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M LE MANS

Following the Austin-Healey 100's sensational debut at the 1952 Motor Show, the works had entered two mildly modified cars in the 1953 Le Mans 24-Hour Race. They finished in 12th and 14th places, a highly praiseworthy achievement for what were recognizably production sports cars. Accordingly, the name "Le Mans" was chosen for a bolt-on tuning kit offered through Austin-Healey dealers, by means of which private owners could bring their cars up to a specification approaching that of the works' entries. The kit included a pair of 1¾" SU HD6 carburetors, plus special inlet manifold and cold air box, high-lift camshaft, stronger valve springs, and a distributor with alternative ignition advance curve. With the kit installed, power increased from the standard 90 to 100bhp.

From October of 1955, the conversion was available, factory-fitted on the successor BN2 model in the form of the 100M. In addition to the Le Mans kit, the latter boasted high-compression pistons, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, special Armstrong front dampers, and a louvered bonnet. Power increased to 110bhp and top speed, with the windscreen folded flat, was within a whisker of 120mph. The number of BN1s converted by their owners is unknown, but 1,159 cars—mostly BN2s—were built or subsequently modified to 100M specification between 1955 and 1956. Of these, approximately 640 were completed at the factory, some 544 of which were exported to the USA.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered here is an extraordinary example of the increasingly popular Austin-Healey 100 BN2 which is eligible for some of the most prominent motoring events around the globe. According to its Heritage Trust Certificate, this fine Austin-Healey was completed at the Longbridge Austin-Healey works on Valentine's Day, 1956. A left-hand drive BN2 model, this example was dispatched from the factory on March 6, 1956. The 100 was destined to the Donald Healey Works agency in Warwick, UK before being sold to S.O.G.I.D.A. sports car dealer in Brussels, Belgium. According to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust on file, it is stated that this very car may have been modified by Donald Healey Works in Warwick to 100M Le Mans specifications just as it appears today. The new Healey featured the four-speed overdrive transmission and the numerous smaller improvements implemented during the course of production since the introduction of the BN1 in 1953. The left-hand-drive Austin-Healey was equipped with a heater, kilometers per hour speedometer, double vertical dip headlamps, a blue hard top manufactured by Universal Laminators, sliding side screens and a laminated windscreen. The sports car was finished in Healey Blue over Blue upholstery and weather equipment. It is indeed very likely that the car was used for sports and competition events during its early years in Belgium.

The car later migrated to the United States where it was purchased by the prior owner in 1979 before being purchased by the consignor, a Southwestern Austin-Healey aficionado a few years ago. Photos of the car are on file dating back to the 1970s showing its 100M Le Mans configuration and also reveals that the car appears to carry the same paintwork now showing a lovely patina. The Austin-Healey has been kept in largely original and preserved condition over the years and retains its original, matching-numbers engine, bodywork, and sequential 100M Le Mans parts. The car has never been fully disassembled for restoration as that was never needed. In 2019 a mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment was carried out which included rebuilding the shock absorbers, braking system and suspension while fresh Vredestein tires and a stainless-steel exhaust system were fitted. A new interior was installed, and the dashboard and gauges were restored.

Equipped with the desirable 100M Le Mans upgrades dating back to very possibly Donald Healey's famous workshops when the car was brand new, this BN2 is true to the model's performance heritage and would be a wonderful entry on a number of classic car driving events and rallies. The Healey's engine and body tags are still intact and match the Heritage Trust Certificate. Overall, this wonderful example of Austin-Healey's excellent 100 BN2 should offer its next owner much joy and driving excitement.

In addition to the aforementioned history and restoration file, this 100M Le Mans is offered with owner's handbook, tonneau cover, the original leather seats and the British Motor Industry-issued Heritage Trust Certificate. Mille Miglia eligible, the classic 100M Le Mans Healey remains one of the most popular mid-century sports cars ever produced, and this fine example deserves serious consideration.

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<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
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<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
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<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
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<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
<b>1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans Specification</b><br />Chassis no. BN2L230869<br />Engine no. 1B230869
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