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Lot 623
1956 Austin-Healey 100M Roadster

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CHASSIS NO: BN2-L/230753

• A Certified Factory Gold Build 100M with matching numbers engine
• Judged Concours Gold in 2021
• 100M “Le Mans” Registry Certificate of Membership, and a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate
• Just received an extensive two-year nut and bolt restoration
• Restored in the correct black over Reno Red leather interior
• Over $160,000 in restoration receipts included


Documents

1956 Austin-Healey 100M Roadster British Motor Heritage Trust.pdf
1956 Austin Healey 100M Roadster Gold Certified.pdf
1956 Austin Healey 100M Roadster Le Mans Registry.pdf


2,660 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, twin SU H6 carburetors, 110 HP, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and anti-sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 90”


In response to a BMC-sponsored competition for an all-new sports car using Austin mechanical components, Donald Healey presented his “Hundred” sports roadster at the 1952 Earl’s Court Motor Show. With its sleek body designed by Gerry Coker, chassis by Barry Bilbie, and an engineering team led by Geoff Healey, the roadster attracted the favor of BMC’s Leonard Lord, and was quickly renamed the Austin-Healey 100. Production commenced early in 1953 and immediately following introduction, Donald Healey’s “Hundred” became an unqualified sports car legend that was particularly beloved in North America.

Prior to the Mille Miglia and Le Mans 24 Hours in 1953, four BN-1 models were race-prepared by Donald Healey and Roger Menadue, and these cars were the first Austin-Healeys prepared for international competition. The pair entered at Le Mans and were highly successful, taking second and third in their class. The experience gained from these “works” cars resulted in the subsequent high-performance 100M, which remains, without a doubt, the most desirable early Austin-Healey variant. Major 100M upgrades included a high-lift camshaft, larger carburetors, high-compression pistons, free-flowing intake manifold, cold air box, and a special distributor. Engine output increased by 20 horsepower, and the suspension received larger anti-roll bars, while a Le Mans-specification leather strap retained the louvered bonnet. Production of the 100M commenced on September 5, 1955, and when 100M production ended on July 16, 1956, just 640 examples were factory-built. In addition, roughly 500 "Le Mans" conversion kits were sold to Austin-Healey dealers or car owners to convert standard models to the higher "Le Mans" specification. According to experts, of the 640 cars built at the factory, approximately only 260 are known to exist today.

This very rare, factory-built, alloy 100M benefits from a full body-off-frame restoration by Austin-Healey Club President Gary Feldman and Automotive Artistry, freshly completed and beautifully presented throughout. All receipts and data accompany your purchase, along with the original tool roll and jack. The deep black finish over Reno Red accents is impressive and classic when combined with the red leather interior and matching English wool carpeting. The top, tonneau, and side curtains are likewise as new.

The matching numbers engine, four-speed gearbox, and overdrive unit were rebuilt using all new parts, and the twin 1¾-inch SU H6 carburetors feature polished domes. The original 140 mph speedometer and 6,500 rpm tachometer were restored as well. New mechanical items include a jet-coated exhaust manifold, a new steel exhaust system, brake lines, master brake and slave cylinders, fuel lines and fuel pump, as well as a refurbished gas tank, new four-row radiator, and all new electrical components and cloth wiring harness. Other features include an original 16-inch banjo-type steering wheel, drop-down racing windscreen, re-chromed, original, heavy-gauge bumpers, 48-spoke chrome wire wheels, and a spare tire.

Accompanied by full photo documentation, a 100M “Le Mans” Registry Certificate of Membership, and a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate confirming it is indeed a genuine, factory-built 100M, this striking example is simply superb throughout, and an enviable addition to any fine sports car collection.

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