1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601

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Lot 63
1954 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster
Registration no. Not UK Registered Chassis no. BN1L/157601

Sold for £ 20,250 (US$ 25,167) inc. premium
1954 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster
Registration no. Not UK Registered
Chassis no. BN1L/157601
Odometer reading: 2,145
MOT: Exempt


*Triumph TR4 engine and gearbox
*An older restoration
*Imported into the UK earlier this year


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 US 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. 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three-speed gearbox equipped with overdrive on the top two ratios was an unusual feature of the original BN1, which was superseded by the short-lived, conventional four-speed BN2 for 1956.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.
The vendor purchased this Austin-Healey 100 from a friend in the Lebanon. An older restoration, the Healey has at some time been fitted with a 2.1-litre Triumph TR4 engine and gearbox. The car was imported into the UK earlier this year and is running and driving well, how ever the gearbox is noisy.

Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 62 /100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 15 /25
    Body Work: 3
    Paint: 3
    Glass: 3
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 3
    Wheels/Tyres: 3

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 12 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 3
    Axles: 3
    Suspension: 3
    Brakes: 3

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 14 /20
    Seats: 4
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
    Headlining: 3
    Trim: 3

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 6 /10
    Main components: 3
    Ancillary components: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 14 /20
    Starting: 4
    Running: 4
    Under Bonnet: 3
    Mechanical components: 3

    Car History File: 1
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
1954  Austin-Healey 100 Roadster  Chassis no. BN1L/157601
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