Lot 273 - 1955 Austin-Healey 100/4
|Odometer reading||52,881 miles|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £43,680|
The Austin Healey 100 was built from 1953 until 1956 and was 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 so it was 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 of the Austin-Healey 100s, were finished at Austin's Longbridge plant. The 100 was the first of three models later called the Big Healeys to distinguish them from the much smaller Austin-Healey Sprite. The Big Healeys are often referred to by their three-character model designators rather than by their models. 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.
Purchased by the vendor 25 years ago, the car at that time was in a dismantled state and was taken away mainly in boxes. Since 1999, the Healey has undergone a restoration project, with an extraordinary amount of work being carried out on DDX926. JME Healeys were entrusted to carry out the chassis and bodywork repairs, including a re-spray in the original colour at a cost of £18,138. The engine has been rebuilt, including modification of the cylinder head for unleaded fuel, together with an array of other mechanical repairs. The fastidious owner has detailed records of everything he has spent on the restoration, with invoices totalling £32,838.45. Finished in Carmine red with black leather trim this BN1 is supplied with a V5 registration document, full years MoT test certificate and a Heritage certificate, together with a magnificent history file. The mileage of 52,881 is thought to be correct, but is not warranted due to the time lapses in sequential MoTs'. Sure to attract interest this BN1 offers great value given the estimate.
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