Lot 174 - 1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2

Lot 174 - 1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2

Lot 174 - 1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2

Lot Number 174
Registration ESJ886
Chassis Number BN2/-L/1229801
Engine Number 1B/229801
Odometer reading 64,500 miles
Estimate £38,000 - £44,000
Result Sold - £45,920

The Austin Healey 100 was built between 1953 and 1956 by the British Motor Corporation. Originally developed by Donald Healey, it was to be produced in-house by his small car company in Warwick, using the Austin A90 Atlantic mechanics. Healey built a single 'Healey Hundred' for the 1952 London Motor Show and the design particularly impressed Leonard Lord (Managing Director of Austin), so much so, that a deal was struck with Healey to build it in quantity at Austin's Longbridge factory. The car was subsequently renamed the Austin-Healey 100. The first series 'BN1' were equipped with the same 90bhp engines and manual transmission as the Austin A90, however, the gearbox was modified to be a three-speed unit with overdrive on second and top.  The BN2 came with a real four-speed manual transmission, with overdrive on the top two gears.
The BN2 has many features distinguishing it from the BN1; the front wheel arches were enlarged as well as using a different rear axle and, possibly the most visually noticeable, an alternative two-tone paint scheme - the BN2s being the first 100s to have this as an option.
 
This excellent Austin Healey 100/4 BN2 was supplied new in 1955 in lefthand drive configuration to Paris, France but featured a mph speedometer. It was returned to the UK in 1957, when it is believed to have been converted to righthand drive by the Healey factory and assigned with the registration 'TLT 48'. Little is known of the history prior to 1970 but, during that time, the colour was changed from the original green to black. In the 1980s, the car was subject to a comprehensive restoration at which time it was repainted, again in green and taken on a tour of France. In 1998, it was sold to a car dealer who removed the original registration number and had it replaced by the DVLA. Following this, the car's current and official registration is 'ESJ 886'. The vendor, an Austin Healey collector, purchased this BN2 in 2012 and, during his ownership, has enhanced and improved it with regular maintenance. The changes made by the vendor include a conversion to use unleaded petrol as well as new shock absorbers, fuel pump, brake pipes, front hubs and bearings, steering hub and stator tube.  He has also detailed the engine compartment and boot area and carried out Dinitrol rust prevention treatment following a complete clean of the underside of the vehicle. Finished in green with green leather interior, this Austin Healey 100/4 is supplied with V5 registration document, an MoT Test certificate valid until February 2016 and a file containing various paperwork including a 'buff' log book, a Heritage Certificate and various old MoT's, invoices and photographs from the 1970s and 80s. This Healey is ready to be used and enjoyed; an ideal car for the summer.

 

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