Lot 207 - 1958 Austin Healey BN6
|Odometer reading||22,275 miles|
|Estimate||£44,000 - £56,000|
- Fully restored example
- Manual with overdrive
- Original engine uprated to 3.0 litre
The Austin-Healey 100 was 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 '100' name comes from Donald Healey who selected the name from the car's ability to reach 100mph as opposed to the Austin Healey 3000 which is named for its 3000cc engine. The final '100' models, 1956's 'BN4' (2+2 seats) and 1958's 'BN6' (2 seats) were six-cylinder 100-Six cars. To make room for the occasional seats the wheelbase was increased by two inches. The bonnet had a built-in air scoop and the windscreen no longer folded down.
Subject to a full mechanical and bodywork restoration this stunning, Opalescent Grey BN6 was manufactured in 1958 and its interior is in contrasting blood red leather trim. Boasting manual gearbox with overdrive, this desirable two-seater is UK registered and the RU numbered original block has been uprated to a BN7 3.0 litre and rebuilt. When it was restored, the brakes were also uprated to disc brakes at the front. We are informed that this example was built in the UK factory then exported very soon after to South Africa before returning to the UK in 2019. Boasting original factory side screens, Chrome wire wheels with new Michelin tyres, a Kenlow fan upgrade. The most desirable model with the most desirable engine, this example will deliver many more years of driving pleasure; with its classic good looks and strong performance, the BN6 is thought to be the most desirable of the 100/6 series and this example looks fabulous.
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