Lot 362 - 1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2
|Odometer reading||72,786 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £27,000|
The Austin-Healey 100 is a sports car 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 mechanicals. 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 car was renamed the Austin-Healey 100. The first 100's (series 'BN1') were equipped with the same 90bhp engines and manual transmission as the stock A90, but the transmission was modified to be a three-speed unit with overdrive on second and top. The BN2 came with a real four-speed manual transmission, still with overdrive on the top two gears. Features which distinguish the BN2 from the BN1 are the slightly larger front wheel arches, different rear axle and being the first 100 with optional two-tone paint.
Built on 24th May 1956, this Austin Healey 100 BN2 was despatched to North American dealer Hambro Trading in Los Angeles. Repatriated to the UK in 1990, the car underwent a restoration, including the fitment of four fibre glass wings - although it should be noted these have been exceptionally well fitted and are of the highest quality. A heritage certificate accompanies XSV459 together with all the MoT test certificates from 1990. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 3rd March 2014, this BN2 represents an excellent opportunity given the increase we have seen in Austin Healey values of late.
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.