Lot 148 - 1957 Austin Healey 100/6 BN4
|Odometer reading||84,986 miles|
|Estimate||£67,000 - £78,000|
- Significant time and investment by the vendor
- Completed the Mille Miglia in October 2020
Introduced for 1956, the Austin Healey 100/6 represented the most radical step forward in the development of the ‘Big Healey’. Despite its initial success, sales of the original Austin Healey 100 had begun to decline by the mid 1950’s and so the model was revamped as the 100/6 using the BMC 2.6 litre C-Series six-cylinder engine replacing the four-cylinder Austin Atlantic engine. This six-cylinder, pushrod engine produced 102bhp, twelve horsepower more than its predecessor, though the inevitable weight gain meant that there was little improvement in performance, the cars top speed remaining around 103mph. At the same time, the wheelbase was increased by two inches from 7’ 6” to 7’ 8”, which enabled the inclusion of two seats in the rear of the BN4 variant. Although stylistically very similar to the earlier model the 100/6 was nevertheless easily distinguishable by its ‘crinkle’ radiator grille and the bonnet top air intake. In 1957, an improved engine became available and this 117bhp unit was fitted to all the newly introduced BN6 two-seater roadsters. Top speed improved to 111mph and 1.7 seconds was cut from the 0-60mph time.
This fabulous Austin Healey was repatriated to the UK in 2016 from California. It is a very sound example, having never been welded with the factory yellow paint still visible under the car. So much so that in October 2020 he entered the Mille Miglia and completed the race without any problems, finishing in front of a significant number of Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari’s with significantly higher values. The enthusiastic and knowledgeable vendor has ensured that this BN4 not only looks the part but is a very well cared for example mechanically. The yellow and black coachwork is in good order as is the black interior. Turn the ignition on, fire her up and it is immediately apparent this is an Austin Healey that is out of the ordinary. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this 100/6 now sits on the Mille Miglia register (number 1289E) and has Mille Fifa papers, both of these are required by law for future expectance of race entry. A great car with a great history.
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