Lot 212 - 1953 Austin-Healey BN1 (upgraded to M-Specification)
|Odometer reading||10,400 miles|
|Estimate||£29,000 - £32,000|
The Austin-Healey 100 was built between 1953 and 1956 by the British Motor Corporation. It was developed by Donald Healey to be produced in-house by Healey's small car company in Warwick and based on Austin A90 Atlantic mechanics. Healey built a single 'Healey Hundred' for the 1952 London Motor Show and the design impressed Leonard Lord, Managing Director of Austin, so much that a deal was struck with Healey to build it in quantity at Austin's Longbridge factory. The '100' name came from Donald Healey and reflected the car's ability to reach 100mph. The first 100's; series 'BN1', were equipped with the same 90bhp engines and manual transmission as the standard A90, but the transmission was modified to be a three-speed unit with overdrive on second and top. An Austin Healey 100/4 BN1 tested by The Motor magazine in 1953 had a top speed of 106 mph and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 11.2 seconds.
Manufactured in 1953, this early example BN1 was the subject of a restoration by John Chatham Ltd in the late 1990's and the condition of the car today is testament to the quality of the work carried out. First registered in the UK in 2002, this splendid Austin Healey has been upgraded to M-Specification with a louvred bonnet and leather hold-down straps, twin 1¾ inch S.U. carburettors and a high lift camshaft increasing the engine performance to 102bhp. The vendor, a respected classic car enthusiast, made an enjoyable trouble free journey to Le Mans in 2012 in this delightful Healey. Finished in red with matching red leather trim, the car comes supplied with a V5 registration document and MoT test certificate valid until 12th June 2013. This truly is a stunning example of one of the most popular British marques.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.