Lot 383 - 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1
|Odometer reading||13,375 miles|
|Estimate||£36,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £49,840|
The Austin Healey 100 was built from 1953 until 1956 and developed by Donald Healey to be produced in-house by Healey's small car company in Warwick. Healey built a single 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 at Austin's Longbridge factory and renamed the Austin-Healey 100. The name came from Donald Healey who selected it due to the car's ability to reach 100mph, as opposed to the Austin-Healey 3000, duly named for its 3000cc engine. Production Austin-Healey 100s were finished at Austin's Longbridge plant. The 100 was the first of three models later called the Big Healey's to distinguish them from the much smaller Austin-Healey Sprite. The first series 'BN1' were equipped with the same 90bhp engines and manual gearbox as the A90 although the transmission was modified to be a three-speed unit with overdrive on second and top. With only 6% of these early Healey's sold in the UK, their scarcity alone has made them hugely collectable, this combined with their competition potential in many of the worlds classic rallies makes for a desirable sportscar in any collection.
This extremely desirable example has been comprehensively restored some years ago. It was detailed in a 1996 Christie's catalogue as 'one of the finest they had had the pleasure to offer'. It was stripped to bare metal and totally rebuilt, including the matching-numbers engine to such an extent that it won the Concours D'elegance at the International Healey Weekend in 1987. It swept the board winning trophies including the Best Car of the Show, the Donald Healey Shield, the Alan Ling Trophy and, of course, Best in Class. Bramley Cars of Surrey bought AH 1004 at auction and then sold it to the current owner. Over the intervening years, Axtell have overseen routine maintenance with invoices detailing any works undertaken. It now benefits from a delightful patina and comes complete with a comprehensive history file, UK registration document, MoT test certificate, British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate as well as a tonneau and optional extras fitted at time of manufacture such as heater and laminated windscreen. Not only is this example hugely desirable but it come with the most appropriate number plate imaginable, AH 1004.
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