Lot 187 - 1955 Austin Healey 100/4 BN1

Lot 187 - 1955 Austin Healey 100/4 BN1

Lot 187 - 1955 Austin Healey 100/4 BN1

Lot Number 187
Registration RWD 133
Chassis Number BN1224865
Engine Number 1BZZ4865
Estimate £37,000 - £45,000
  • Matching numbers example
  • An older restoration
  • Original UK right hand drive example

The result of a partnership signed in 1952 between the head of BMC, Leonard Lord, and successful automotive engineer and Donald Healey, the '100' – so named for its top speed capability – was unveiled at the 1952 Earl's Court Motor Show as a more sporting alternative to the rather stodgy Austin A90 Atlantic convertible. The 100 was simple and strong and the BN1 proved to be an able competitor in competition. Early outings included Lyon-Charbonnieres Rally, Mille Miglia, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans where Autocourse commented ‘the performance of the two Austin Healeys in the hands of Becquart/Wilkins and Gastonides/Lockett, probably the cheapest cars in the race, was remarkable’. Outings at the Goodwood Nine Hour race and with American Bob Cottam in the Trifels Rally and Trifels hill climb cemented the legend.

This right hand drive BN1 example was supplied new to UK on 30th March 1955 and has had just one former owner from new. Purchased by the current vendor in 2005 who set about a comprehensive restoration which included an engine rebuild, where the Healey was converted to run on unleaded fuel, a rewire of the electrics, strengthening to the chassis, a respray in a superb shade of metallic blue, and a refinished red leather interior. Reported by the vendor to run and drive very well indeed, this Healey is sitting proudly on its painted wire wheels and is supplied with wet weather equipment, although not currently fitted. Accompanied by a sizeable history file containing many bills and receipts for maintenance work dating back to its early years, photographs of the car with its previous vendor, many sundry documents, old MoT test certificates, its current V5C registration document and its heritage certificate. Offered with a very sensible estimate, this two-owner example is ready for the British summer.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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